The parade will be the centerpiece of the Pride festivities in Clonmel
After having such a fantastic reception for the first ever live Pride event in Clonmel a few years ago, the Clonmel Pride Committee are delighted to bring the festivities back to the streets and venues of Clonmel once again this weekend for the Pride Festival, which runs from Friday-Sunday, August 26-28.
The events began last Monday with LGBT awareness training, followed by a flag raising at Tipperary University Hospital.
Friday afternoon will see the launch of Clonmel Pride to the main guard at 3.30pm by Mayor Pat English and some special guests. There will also be a flag raising at the council building by the mayor.
The newly decorated and refurbished East Lane of Gladstone Street will host Friday night entertainment for 16+. If you’re ready to get creative and have fun with the art of drag, save the date and join the wonderful host Tina D Parton.
The main event day kicks off on Saturday with a social brunch. The Pride Committee invites everyone to join them at Richmond Mill where you can grab a coffee, a croissant and chat with other Pride participants at an event sponsored by Boston Scientific.
This will lead to the first ever Clonmel Pride Parade, which will be a community event that anyone can take part in. It will meet at Wolfe Tone Street from 11.30am to start at 12.30pm and continue through O’Connell Street to Market Place. All communities and community groups are asked to come cheer on the participants or join the parade in support of the LGBT community, their families and allies.
“While this is largely a celebration of where we have come from, Pride is also a protest until there is equality for all,” said Gerard Sweetman, President of Clonmel Pride. .
“We have to remember why we are doing Pride and one of the reasons is that community members still cannot hold hands with their partner in the city without being abused and attacked. Homophobic and transphobic attacks are on the rise and this must stop.
“There are many reasons why we celebrate, but also so many reasons why we protest.
“Education is key to why Pride still exists and that’s why we’re having LGBT training in the week leading up to Pride, flag raising in many areas and there will also be educational plays throughout. of the weekend.”
The parade will lead into the annual Pride Fun Day on Market Place, where there will be fun for all ages with entertainment including music and dancing, as well as food trucks, free treats and games for children, all hosted by Tina D Parton, who will keep the fun going with a drag show at O’Keeffes on Saturday night, with a DJ and surprise guests.
Sunday will be a day of relaxation for all, starting with a meditation at Denis Burke Park in collaboration with Jennie Hannigan, followed by a picnic in the park.
Pack a picnic and a blanket and join in on the talks, games, music and cakes.
The committee then asks everyone to join them on Sunday evening to close out the weekend with a social event at Gleeson featuring live music from The Pearly Whites and DJ Nigel Byrne.
This weekend is not to be missed with events for all ages, free treats, special guests, unique artwork by guest artist Marcus Gambrill and much more.
Keep an eye on the Clonmel Pride Facebook page to stay up to date with all the details.
The organizers thank the Clonmel Gardaí, Carol Creighton and Tipperary County Council, the South Tipperary Development Company and their many allies and sponsors for their continued support of the Clonmel Pride Festival.
They also want the municipality to get involved by decorating their shops and businesses.
If anything happens over Pride weekend or if you would like to get involved or donate to Pride, contact the organizers on their Clonmel Pride Festival social media pages or email email@example.com
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