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Dublin Pride is FINALLY here and the glitter-filled excitement has been building up to this epic weekend of incredible parties and rainbow parades.

Despite a bit of frustration as to why the Gardaí and PSNI are marching in the parade this year and conflict over 'pink-washing' and rainbow capitalism; it remains a time of equality, inclusion and empowered love.

The events this year have an even higher demand than ever before, and with good weather upon is, town will be absolutely buzzing for the next two days.

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With the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rising this year, the meaning behind this vital month in the rainbow calendar is peak emotional.

So the question is; Where should you get your freak on? Here's a compact list for all our LGBTQ+ folk.   

First of all, you HAVE to attend the Outhouse Cafe on Capel Street for your beginners breakfast before the parade. It's from 9am to 1pm, and has free entry.

1. Mother Pride Block Party: Saturday June 29, 4pm – 11pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This is set to be one of the biggest Pride events happening in Dublin this weekend, and the annual Mother Pride party is back with a huge bang.

Since the tragic closure of staple nightclub District 8, the Mother Pride Block Party have decided to host at Collins Barracks this year at the National Museum of Ireland.

The stellar lineup features Lean On singer MØ, Pillow Queens, Daithí, Panti Bliss, Paul Ryder and many more, so infectious energy and bangin' tunes are both guaranteed.

An after-party in The Grand Social will also take place, but get ready to grab your tickets ASAP as the demand is high.

2. Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Parade, Saturday June 29, 1pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The main event of the season, the star of the show, the burst of colour. 

The parade is let by the grand marshall and tireless LGBTQ+ advocate Will St. Leger, and will kick off in the city centre at 1pm.

It begins at the Garden of Remembrance and moves down O'Connell Street, then makes it's way along Eden Quay past Liberty Hall, across the Liffey at Talbot Memorial Bridge, down Lombard Street and Westland Row and finally ends at Merrion Square.

The Pride Village at Merrion Square takes place from 12pm onwards with food vendors, community areas, face painters, a Pride shop, children's play areas and much more.

3. Rainbow Revolution Trail: Running from June 28 for the year free of charge

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The National Museum of Ireland is unveiling some of the most memorable artefacts in LGBTQ+ history in Ireland from today, with items going on display in honour of Pride celebrations.

The incredible items include 'Panti’s dress' – worn by Panti Bliss when delivering her famous ‘Noble Call’ speech in the Abbey Theatre in 2014, and the wedding dresses of Minister Katherine Zappone and her wife Ann Louise Gilligan.

The Rainbow Flag used by activist Conor Kelly to counter protest against extreme pro-life groups demonstrating outside Irish hospitals during the Repeal the 8th Campaign last year will also be shown.

The Rainbow Revolution Trail launched through the Collins Barracks site to emphasise noteworthy members of the LGBTQ+ community from early history to the present day.

Beautiful and historical video footage, photos and tales from public and private archival collections will be involved.

4. Pride Day at The George and Closing Party at The George, 12pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dublin's oldest LGBTQ+ bar and nightclub will host their very own Pride day and it's set to be amazing. Gok Wan will be there on Friday night DJ-ing, so there'll be some top tunes bouncing off the walls.

The George is a momentous aspect of Irish culture, and they always know how to throw a party. They'll be hosting Pride Day from 12pm with some unforgettable drag shows kicking off.

To top off the weekend of Pride celebrations, Dublin drag queen Shirley Temple Bar is hosting bingo night at The George (their usual Sunday vibe).

Shirley’s bingo night is Ireland's longest running weekly drag show, and they've got a snowball prize to be won on the night so it's set to be unmissable.

5. Street 66 Discotheque, Friday at 10pm/Street 66 Pride & Love, Saturday June 29, 12pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Parliament Street favourite Street 66 (formerly The Front Lounge) are hosting some very special Pride celebrations on Friday from 10pm and Saturday from 12pm; 'Discotheque' and 'Pride & Love'.

Special guests for Friday's 'Discotheque' night include Pixie Woo and 1980s and 1990s disco hits mixed with all time pop classics are on the music menu.

The most well-known and loved Pride anthems will be booming from the DJ booth at 'Pride & Love' on Saturday night, and the bar has just launched it's own limited edition Stonewall Beer to mark 50 years since the Stonewall Riots.

They want to remind everyone exactly why Pride came about, while offering a grand oul' time too, of course. 

6. Mockie Ah: Dublin Pride Vogue Ball, Workmans, Friday June 28

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The biggest drag family in Ireland are bringing their Vogue Ball to Dublin tonight, hosted by Candy Warhol.

Sponsored by Dublin Vintage Factory, Workman's will host Mockie Ah and a massive lineup of special guest DJs, judges and performers.

Categories include: Butch Queen (First Time In Drag), Club Kids, Executive Realness, Opulence / Evening Wear, Body Positivity, Voguing, a secret round and the final round.

If you want to enter the competition, email puremockieah@gmail.com. Tickets are €10 and doors open at 11.30pm.

7. Panti Bar and Penny Lane Street Party, Saturday June 29

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Panti Bliss has only just recently opened the sister bar to Panti Bar, Penny Lane, and it's gorgeous.

On Saturday, the two bars will host a street party of the ages from 2pm in Dublin city centre.

8. Grace #4- Queer Rave, Saturday June 29, 11pm, The Sound House

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This is genuinely techno heaven for the gays. The new rave parties hosted by Grace have a no phone policy, and it's strictly for dancing to your heart's content only and living in the moment.

Their fourth rave takes place at the Sound House on 28 Eden Quay this Saturday, starting at 11pm.

Enjoy the greatest gay weekend of the whole year, and we hope you feel more loved and empowered than ever before.

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Tesco Ireland has pledges it's support to BeLong To Youth Services ahead of Dublin's LGBTQ+ Pride festival this weekend.

BeLonG To is a national organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young people aged between 14 and 23, and offer vital services for this community's needs.

This valuable charity believe that LGBTQ+ youth should be cared for on the same basis as all other young people, and should be safe and supported by society, their family and schools.

Tesco Ireland will support a fundraising partnership with BeLonG To Youth Services this year, donating much-needed money to aid the equality of the young LGBTQ+ people of Ireland.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tesco Ireland is ‘bursting with pride to come back this year as the platinum sponsor for Dublin's 2019 LGBTQ+ Pride Festival.

The company has created three exciting donation initiatives as part of their fundraising efforts, including a limited-edition F&F Pride t-shirt, and delicious donations with Ben & Jerry’s ‘Love is…’ ice-cream.

Once again, community-led fundraising will take place across 44 Tesco stores nationwide. 

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Tesco F&F unveiled a limited-edition Pride t-shirt this week, and a proportion from every sale will be donated directly to BeLonG To Youth Services.

Tesco’s ‘Bursting with Pride’ campaign line is the inspiration behind the vivacious design, which features an artistic explosion of rainbow colours and costs just €8. 

44 Tesco stores nationwide have also chosen BeLonG To Youth Services as one of their three causes for the current fundraising phase of the Tesco Community Fundwhich supports local needs in the community.

 Amazingly, in five years Tesco Ireland has supported over 12,000 community projects all over Ireland through the Community Fund initiative, with over €3.7 million being donated to those in need.

We are gaggin' to get a taste of Ben & Jerry's new flavour of ice-cream, purely to celebrate love in every flavour.

Their 'Love is…' ice-cream is exclusive to Tesco in Ireland, and contains buttery brown sugar ice cream with pink chocolatey salted caramel cups, a cookie swirl and a pink topping. God help us.

A 50 cent donation will be made from the sale of every tub of Ben & Jerry’s 'Love is…' flavour sold in Tesco Ireland stores until July 15, in support of BeLong To Youth Services.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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CEO of BeLonG To Youth Services, Moninne Griffiths has praised the value of working together for LGBTQ+ equality;

“This Pride, we celebrate the power of working together to continue our life-saving work with LGBTQ+ young people.

"Support from Tesco Ireland’s fundraising initiatives helps us to strengthen our impact and fulfil our mission of creating an Ireland where young people can be who they are, and love who they love, without experiencing hate and discrimination.”

Get yourselves down to support one or all three of Tesco's colourful Pride fundraisers and help empower LGBTQ+ youth.

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Pride is one of the biggest events of the colourful year, and the rainbows will be flying loud and proud in Dublin this weekend.

Make-up and fashion are two of the festival's most noteworthy aspects, since using beauty to express ourselves and our individuality is empowering.

Expect to see some swoon-worthy looks being served by queens far and wide for the parade, and nightlife events shortly after.

Though Pride was, and still is, a protest; Showing off your inner and outer beauty has become a staple part of the festival. The march is about never being afraid to stand out, in many ways.

To celebrate the amazing event, Urban Decay will be giving away complimentary mini-makeovers this Saturday, June 29 in their Grafton Street boutique and we're literally bursting with anticipation.

The rainbow-inspired makeovers will use the brand's new Sparkle Out Loud Glitter collection, made to turn heads and stay in it's place. Basically, it's ideal for a night on the dancefloor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Included in the range is the Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in eight glorious shades (including the limited-edition Stonewall), which contain water-based, superfine glitter.

The Heavy Metal Glitter Gel is featured in six new shades as the vibrant, hyper-sparkly, buildable formula for your eyes, body and face. Lasting up to nine hours with minimal fallout, the gel will fast become your cult product.

The award-winning 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil wows in the collection, coming in four more shades which are spreadable with a super-creamy and metallic finish. It's even waterproof, so those tears of Pride joy are protected.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Last but certainly not least, is the Hi-Fi Ultra Cushion Lipgloss in four brand new hues. The glitz and shine won't stop you from kissing your LGBTQ+ love interest on the night, don't worry.

Check out the full Urban Decay Sparkle Out Loud Glitter Collection in the boutique, 50-51 Grafton Street. Get yourself down there ASAP on Saturday for the makeover of your rainbow dreams.

Each makeover will take roughly 15 minutes and are subject to availability. We feel a physical connection to the glitter that's about to be spread all over our face this weekend…See you there.

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Pride is the greatest month of the entire year; it's full of rainbow colours, glitter and love in all it's wonderful forms. What could improve such a glorious time? Free ice cream, that's what.

Thanks to Deliveroo, a kiss cam is being launched in Dublin in celebration of World Pride Month. 'Scoop for Pride' allows anyone who locks lips to get a free scoop of delicious gelato.

Kissing and ice cream? This is a miracle. The Deliveroo app is now being updated to Deloveroo on their home screen, and showing love is being hugely encouraged by the food delivery service.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The month celebrates activists who fought hard for LGBTQ+ equality over the years, taking a stand against violence and prejudice in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in NYC.

Following a police raid at the bar, it's been 50 years of rebounding discrimination, but June reminds us to keep pushing for equality and love for everyone.

100 percent of donations from Deliveroo's Kiss Cam with Scoop for Pride will be given to BeLong To youth services. Dublin Pride takes place on June 29, and we are SO excited.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The kiss cam will open in Merrion Square from 12pm until 4pm, and thousands of free gelato will be given away to those daring enough to lock lips.

Deliveroo will send the adorable images via email to each participant, so a memory of that special kiss will live on forever.

You can receive a starring role in Dublin pride if you can make it on to Deliveroo's giant kiss cam screen.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Head of Marketing at Deliveroo Ireland, Filipa Allen, spoke about the company's involvement in the Dublin community; 

“Pride is a time when we can come together to celebrate love and help champion LGBT+ inclusion and we’re thrilled to be taking part in the city’s celebrations”.

The limited edition Deloveroo rider kit will also be available for free to those who wish to show their support for Pride this June.

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In celebration of Pride Week, Prospect 57 will be releasing a new fictional podcast series on all platforms (iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Deezer, PodAddict, Castbox….). 

A 6-part series based in the country's capital, each episode is less than 30 minutes long, making it perfect for your daily commute or for easy listening before bed. 

Prospect 57 is a one-of-a-kind fictional podcast that’s set in Dublin; on streets that you’ve probably walked down, with people you recognise and places you go to.  

The podcast follows the story of James, a bartender who is found viciously bruised and beaten after the Pride Parade. 

After a sun-soaked day amongst queens, flags and celebrations the night sets in and the party continues.

However, early on the morning of July 1st, James is found viciously bruised and beaten.

The world sees the attack as a hate crime, but Nic, a wannabe journalist and friend of James, knows better. 

Nic sets out to discover all she can about her work place and the colleagues she once trusted. Step into Prospect 57, a bar like any other in Dublin with a dark, disturbing underbelly that wishes to keep its secrets hidden. 

All six episodes will be released on July 1st, the day after Pride when James was attacked as though it’s happening in real time.  

Brought to you by QueerMoon Productions and the HeadStuff Podcast Network, Prospect 57 has been months in the making and features a gripping storyline of attack and deceit that will keep you coming back for more. 

You can download it here: www.headstuff.org/prospect-57 

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Pride month is in full swing and with so many events due to take place across the capital this weekend, this year's festivities are not to be missed.

Dublin's Pride festival has been running since Friday June 16 and will come to an end this Saturday when thousands of people take to the city streets for the annual Pride parade.

Here's a run down of what you can expect over the weekend.

Friday June 23

Start as you mean to go on, isn't that how the saying goes?

The night before the main event, George performer, Veda Lady, will host a pride warm up show at Street 66, Parliament Street, Dublin 2.

Joined on stage by Pixie Woo, the pair will be entertaining audiences with a host of 80's classics from 9:00pm.

Admission is free, but make sure you get there early and nap yourself a table before the crowds descend.

Saturday June 24

The theme for this year's parade is 'find your inner hero', so expect to hear a lot of dodgey Mariah Carey covers belted out across the streets of Dublin.

The pre-parade rally kicks off at 12:00pm in St. Stephen's green with drag performances and speeches from David Norris and BelongTo executive director, Moninne Griffith (this year's Grand Marshal).

Taoiseach Leo Varakdar is also planning to march along the parade route with Fine Gael LBGT.

The main event starts at 2:00pm – setting off from St. Stephen's Green and heading toward Smithfield, Dublin 7.

An official after party, hosted by Panti Bliss, will be held in Smithfield square from 1:00pm to 7:00pm.

There will be food stalls, a family playground and an official Pride pop-up shop, along with performances from Niamh Kavanagh and Brian Kennedy.

But the party doesn't stop there.

Of course pubs and clubs across the city centre will be packed with parade goers, but bars like Pantibar, The George and Mother are all hosting their very own Pride parties.

Sunday June 25

For those of you brave enough to venture outside on Sunday, Street 66 Parliament Street are hosting some acoustic sessions from 5:00pm.

As well as that, Shirley Temple Bar's Pride Bingo will take its usual slot in The George this Sunday night from 9:00pm.

For more information on this year's festival, please visit www.dublinpride.ie.

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Help LUSH support the #FREEDOM campaign and smell good at the same time.

To celebrate Dublin Pride on Saturday, 28th June, LUSH fresh handmade cosmetics will be selling their Charity Pot hand and body lotion with all proceeds from the sale going towards Dublin Pride.

The funds raised will help fund the continued campaign for equality for same sex couples and the Dublin Pride festival.

Following the huge success of last year’s ‘Sweet Smell of Equality’ campaign, LUSH Dublin stores will once again be coming together with Dublin Pride to put their fragrant stamp on this year’s #FREEDOM campaign.

The hand and body lotion will be on sale on the LUSH stand within the Pride Village where they will also be holding various product- making workshops.

That’s not all, from 20th – 29th June, LUSH Dublin stores will act as information centres for the 2014 #Freedom campaign. Shoppers and supporters will be able to learn all about the importance of marriage for same-sex couples and their families and find out how to register and vote in next year’s referendum.

Last year LUSH collected over 3,000 signatures under their Marriage Equality petition and raised €2,600.

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