Thousands set to celebrate Limerick Pride festival

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

IT MAY not be San Francisco but thousands of people from across the country are expected to descend on the city for the Limerick Pride festival in early September.

IT MAY not be San Francisco but thousands of people from across the country are expected to descend on the city for the Limerick Pride festival in early September.

Limerick Pride festival, for gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender people, will run from September 1-9, and will be officially announced on Monday next, August 20, in Bentley’s bar at 6.30pm. Star of the X-Factor, singer Johnny Robinson, will be among those joining in the nine days of festivities.

“This is the 12th year of the festival and it keeps getting bigger and bigger. It has grown from a two day weekend festival to nine days this year, and has become a regional event,” said Cillian Flynn, spokesperson for Limerick Pride.

One of the biggest events of the festival will be the parade and block party on Saturday, August 8, with the Mr & Ms Gay Limerick competition to be held together for the first time in Bentley’s.

Other events include an exhibition called ‘The Beginning of my Girl Life’ by a trans-gender photographer from New York, which will be on display in the Red Ribbon Project offices on Cecil Street, a forum on marriage equality, movie screenings a comedy night in the Loft venue, a ‘naughty ‘90s cabaret show’, a gay pride céilí, humorously called Géilí, as well as HIV and chlamydia testing.

The Out in UL society will be holding a ‘Secrets Party’ on Tuesday, September 4, in Baker Place, where they’re asking people to send their secrets on a postcards. These will then be displaced anonymously on the wall.

This year’s event is supported by Shannon Development and Failte Ireland, while the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins has also sent his message of support.

More details will be announced on limerickpride.ie in the coming weeks.