Galway Pride Festival 2016: One Week To Go!

pride 3With one week to go the excitement for the 2016 Galway Pride Festival couldn’t be higher!

Pride Guides have been delivered in and around the city and county, and the committee are ironing shirts and polishing shoes in readiness for all the exciting events coming up.

Starting with the flag raising ceremony in Eyre Square on Monday, and with events continuing through to the Corrib Princess cruise and closing party on Sunday, this week-long festival promises to entertain. After the flag raising ceremony on Monday there will be an official launch party at the Harbour Hotel at 8pm. Admission is free, and here you’ll find out about all the events, meet the committee, and have the chance shake hands and thank our sponsors and partners who have made this unique event possible.

With free canapés and a raffle with some great prizes, this event is one not be missed.

The committee have pulled out all the stops in arranging events for the entire LGBT+ community, with education and information evenings on mental health, coming out, and HIV+.

“It’s great that we can come together and celebrate all things LGBT+” said Rob Partridge, one of the organisers of the mental health day, “but while we’ve got everyone’s attention let’s talk about the mental health of the LGBT+ community as well, because after all it’s good to talk.”

It’s Good To Talk is one of the new campaigns launched by the National LGBT Helpline who are co-sponsoring this event along with OutWest, an LGBT+ support group in the west of Ireland.

Wednesday sees talks from Pat Hagarty of the West Sligo Family Resource Centre, and Elena Vaughan from the HIV Stigma Study. “Finding the words” will look at coming-out, and how parents can support a recently-out child, and the “HIV Stigma Update” will do just that, update, while also discussing the difference between being HIV+ and being ‘undetectable’.

On Thursday, there’s a BTQIA+ Tea Party in The Secret Garden, and everyone is encouraged to attend to make new friends, as well as hear a talk about reproductive rights and the queer community.

Friday night is the night for laughs as the Pride Comedy Night hits the stage at The Loft, hosted by Martin Ward, with guests Pat McDonnell, Joe Dowlin and Katherine Lynch. Followed by a DTF Club Night until 2.30am this event will really put you in the mood for the parade and party taking place on Saturday!

The parade kicks off at 2pm from City Hall and, led by Grand Marshal James Patrice, Irelands No.1. SnapChatter, will snake through the streets and down to the Spanish Arch, where there will be a family fun day with stalls and entertainment.

In the evening the entertainment moves to the Black Box, where the Block Party kicks off and goes on throughout the night.

Details of all the events can found in the Pride Guide, available throughout Galway, and also on the website at:

galwaypridefestival.com

as well as the Pride facebook page:

facebook.com/galwaypridefest

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