Thousands set to take part in Dublin Pride
A series of celebratory events will bring life to the capital on Saturday.
Saturday 29 June welcomes the Dublin Pride parade, with thousands expected to take to the streets of the capital.
The parade kicks off at 1pm sharp - you can find a handy map below - from Parnell Square, leaving from the Garden of Remembrance at 1pm towards O'Connell Street, Eden Quay and Liberty Hall before crossing the River Liffey en route to a free outdoor event at Merrion Square.
Image via Dublin LGBTQ Pride / Twitter
Over 150 groups are set to participate this year, marking one of the biggest Dublin Pride events ever held.
Gardaí will march in uniform for the first time, while the GAA will also officially participate for the first time in the organisation's history.
The GPO, meanwhile, has been given a special new look for the day that's in it.
Good morning from the Dublin Pride team at the The GPO as we start our day #HappyPride #DublinPride #RainbowRevolution pic.twitter.com/IVGwDiXqhq
— Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride (@DublinPride) June 29, 2019
An alternative Pride parade will take place at 12pm at the Rosie Hackett Bridge; an inclusive protest initiative organised by Queer Action Ireland.
Queer Action Ireland are organising a Pride Alternative as we cannot consciously participate in Dublin Pride 2019, even in an oppositional radical bloc. Rosie Hackett Bridge, June 29th, 12pm!
event link: https://t.co/1UI5b210pD
statment link: https://t.co/GOMvJRefEA pic.twitter.com/USSlOC6HaL
— Queer Action Ireland (@QueerActionIrl) June 12, 2019
Anyone travelling in Dublin on Saturday is advised to expect road closures and delays.
AA Roadwatch has an FAQ for such instances here.
To facilitate the parade, Parnell Square East and North, Frederick St North and Cavendish Row will close from 9am - 4pm.
Merrion Square East and South, Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Mount Street Upper and Mount Street Crescent will close from 6am - 10pm.
There will be diversions on Dublin Bus routes between 11am and 6pm for the following:
1, 4, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 25(a/b), 26, 27(a/b), 33, 37, 38(a), 39(a), 40, 41(a/b/c), 44, 46a, 61, 66(a/b), 67, 70, 83, 120, 122, 123, 140, 145, 151, 155, 747 and 757.
For a full list of the day's happenings, visit the official Dublin Pride website.