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This year’s Dublin Pride Parade takes place this Saturday 24th June. Whether you’re joining in the festivities or wondering how to make your way through the city centre on the day, here’s all you need to know.
Participants will gather at St. Stephen’s Green South from 11am with the parade getting underway at 2pm. The group will travel along Cuffe St, Kevin St, Patrick St, Nicolas St, High St, Bridge St, Church St and North King St before finishing at Smithfield Square.
There will be a pre-parade rally from midday onwards at St. Stephen’s Green South with entertainment and speeches, where you can also enjoy the floats before start on their journey through the city. In addition, there will be entertainment, bar and food services at the parade end point in Smithfield Square for the Pride Afterparty.
There will be two road closures on the day. St. Stephen’s Green South will be closed from 10am to 6pm, with traffic approaching from Leeson St Lwr to be diverted via Earlsfort Terrace, Hatch St Upper and Harcourt St.
In addition, Haymarket in Smithfield will be closed between 6am and 10pm. In both cases, pedestrian and local access will be maintained.
If you’re heading into town, choose public transport options where possible. Keep in mind however that the following Dublin Bus routes will be diverted to facilitate the parade: 13, 27, 40, 49, 54a, 56a, 77a, 83, 83a, 123, 150, 151, 747 and the Hop On/Off City Tour. Delays are possible on both Luas lines too, so leave extra time for your journey.
Due to security concerns, Pride attendees won’t be allowed to bring backpacks or large bags to certain venues. Gardaí have said that only small bags measuring no larger than A4 will be allowed into both St. Stephen’s Green South and Smithfield Square. Exceptions will be made for people with medical conditions and children, but all bags will be thoroughly searched. It’s also worth noting that Pantibar will be implementing this policy on advice from Gardaí. The Dublin Pride Parade is an alcohol and drug-free event.