THE Limerick Pride Festival is set to end its 10-day celebrations with a colourful bang, as the Pink Parade starts its march this weekend.
The seventh parade will commence on Saturday, at 2pm, where all those who are interested will be asked to dress up in pink for the hour-long march through the city. Everyone is asked to assemble at the Limerick courthouse, at 1pm.
According to the festival organisers, it is going to be the “biggest and brightest” parade in Limerick. This year’s parade will highlight mental health, marriage equality and LGBT human rights.
“Part of the focus this year is the marriage equality debate and the whole issue with homophobia and ignorance. If it is put into place, it will create a change. The parades have been running since 2007, though we have had the society since 2001. In many ways, this year’s parade and the whole festival, we will be going back to basics. The reason why it worked in the beginning was because we managed to make the events integrated,” festival PRO Evan Kennedy said.
I Love Limerick columnist Richard Lynch told the Limerick Leader that this year’s parade will help highlight LGBT issues and that marriage equality is achievable for the community.
“I think it’s going to keep progressing in the next year or so. It’s about human rights and that we should be able to marry who we love,” he said.
The Pink Parade will be led by the Grand Marshall, Miss Lilette Shannon Banks, who is also the first Alternative Miss Limerick.
After the parade, participants are invited to the after party, which will take place at The Orchard Bar, at 3pm. The event will feature a performance by Unity Gospel Choir Limerick, followed by bouncy castles and family entertainment. Girl band, Grenade, will perform on the evening as part of their Pan European Pride tour, followed by a DJ set.