Limerick Pride Parade an ‘overwhelming success’

John Keogh

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John Keogh

Limerick Pride Parade 2015: Richard Lynch, Festival Organiser with his mother Florence at the event. Picture: Dolf Patijn/ilovelimerick
Limerick’s Pride Parade 2015 was deemed a great success with huge crowds coming out to participate in this year’s festivities.

Limerick’s Pride Parade 2015 was deemed a great success with huge crowds coming out to participate in this year’s festivities.

Organisers had been keen to stress before that there had never been more reason to celebrate Limerick Pride than this year, due to Ireland’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage in May.

National pride was celebrated after the marriage referendum, they said, but local pride in the decision was celebrated on Saturday, with three marchers carrying a Limerick flag in the parade, with the words “Limerick Said Yes,” printed on the front.

Lisa Daly, chairperson of Limerick Pride, said the event was only possible “because of everyone coming together, not just as a country but for everyone behind the scenes, to send a very strong message that we’re all finally equal”.

The parade Grand Marshall was well known local actor Myles Breen, who rode in the back of an open-top car as it travelled the route.

Myles interacted with the crowds as he passed, and later referred to them as he addressed the crowds at the after-party.

“I’m sure everyone who marched in the parade with me must have been overwhelmed by the response of people and with the positivity, respect and just sheer acceptance,” he said.

The parade after-party featured performances by The Voice contestants Niall O’Halloran and Patrick James.

Richard Lynch, festival organiser, told people at the after party: “Now the LGBT community were equal in the eyes of the world in terms of Marriage Equality, our next goal is for complete equal rights of our transgendered brothers and sisters who put the T in LGBT.”

This year’s festival was focused around the theme of not only accepting others, but also accepting and expressing yourself.

- See page 14 of the City Edition of the Limerick Leader for more photos of the Limerick Pride Parade 2015