Many of these young people marched for the first time through streets decorated with rainbow flags, and lined with people showing their acceptance. BeLonG To’s Moninne Griffith says she “wished that every LGBTI+ young person could feel the sense of community and acceptance felt this weekend”.
After the parade, members of BeLonG To’s Over 18s group handed out thousands of Harm Reduction Packs at Pride Village, to help young people stay safe at Pride. The packs were created in partnership with the group, and Harper McVey wrote this wonderful article about the experience for Spunout.ie
Along with over 400 LGBTI+ young people who marched with BeLonG To, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, and Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese and her family also marched along with the group. BeLonG To also hosted a delicious pre-Pride breakfast with Youth Work Ireland, and caught a dedicated @Luas tram to the parade.
“What a special day. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped make this incredible day happen”.