Dublin Pride parade returns to the capital – greener than before

Dublin’s Pride Parade will return to the streets of the capital for the first time since the start of the pandemic – and will be greener than before.

amie Kenny, Dublin Pride operations and outreach manager, told the PA news agency that the parade has been trying to get “a little bigger” for its return after the two-year pandemic hiatus, trying to be “as sustainable as possible”. . †

“We’re trying to be carbon neutral,” he said.

With a few exceptions, such as emergency vehicles and vehicles for the disabled, most floats will be push pull carts, and organizers have also been “conscious” about limiting waste and single-use plastics.

“That was a challenge, but it was an interesting one, and if you do it one year, we can definitely do it the next year,” said Mr. kenny.

Beginning at the GPO on O’Connell Street at noon on Saturday, the Pride parade will march down O’Connell Street, past Custom House Quay before crossing the River Liffey and finishing in Merrion Square, where a full-day festival will be held. held.

Mr Kenny said the Pride Parade is “incredibly important to our community”.

He said that in the wake of an “increase in homophobic and transphobic violence, it is also a time when we can come together”.

“One thing about our community is that we’re great at working together through the tough times and the hard times, and with Pride, our community can have that space where we can all be together, very visible, celebrate the achievements we’ve made, a little bit of a buzz about the things we have yet to see.”

More than 800 young LGBTQ+ people will also take part in the Pride celebrations alongside Belong To and Youth Work Ireland – representing many young people who may not have experienced Pride or other LGBT+ events before due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Maybe you came out during the pandemic, you didn’t know what services were there, and if you can see all those support organizations marching in the parade, they can do something about that,” said Mr. Kenny.

“It has been an incredibly tough year for everyone. When you’re on the streets of Dublin, cheer the people on – they’ve earned it.”

Attorney General Helen McEntee, who will attend the event, said the Pride Parade is “an important opportunity to raise awareness of the discrimination faced by LGBTI+ people, promote diversity and inclusion in society, and promote equality.” to promote for all people. †

She welcomed the participation of more than 1,500 officials from government departments, An Garda Siochana, the HSE and various branches of the state in the Pride parade under the banner Proud To Work For Ireland, more than doubling the 600 officials who took part in the parade of 2019.

“I am delighted to walk alongside my colleagues from the Ministry of Justice, the wider public service and the Gardai.

“All those marching people are proud to work for Ireland every day and I’m proud to walk with them,” she said.

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