June 1st marked the first day of Pride Month as Waterford City and County Council celebrates LGBTQ+ people, culture and communities.
On June 1st Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Joe Kelly, along with members of the Dungarvan Pride committee raised the Pride flag outside the Dungarvan Civic Offices to officially launch the start of Pride month.
Dungarvan town centre was adorned with Pride banners in Grattan Square, with almost 800 ft of Pride bunting along Main Street, O Connell St, Meagher St and along the Causeway.
As part of Pride Month celebrations Dungarvan’s first ever Pride Festival will take place in Walton Park, Dungarvan on June 18th.
Emilene Stafford, Dungarvan Pride committee co-chair, is looking forward to Dungarvan’s inaugural Pride Festival. “While the day is about celebrating LGBTQ+ people, it is a day to be enjoyed and celebrated by everyone. We would encourage young and old, gay and straight to come along and help us make this Pride festival one of the biggest and brightest in the country.”
The line-up includes an opening ceremony by Lady Fi Fi Fondu, a dance performance by the Kirby School of Performing Arts, circus mayhem from the Wobbly Circus, the ultimate lip sync battle, music by Avi and the Dream Girls Drag Show to round off the entertainment.
In Waterford city, The Pride of the Déise committee has organised a jam-packed weekend celebration of LGBTQ+ people and communities. Running from Friday, June 3rd to Monday, June 6th, the programme includes Bubble Talk; A Consent Workshop with Miss Gay Ireland, Pride March from Cathedral Square to the Cultural Quarter, GAYREA Youth Pride Party, PRIDE Ride Greenway Cycle and Rural Pride celebration.
More information and the full programme of events for Pride of the Déise can be viewed at https://prideofthedeise.ie/
Pride Dungarvan and Pride Waterford are proudly supported by Waterford City and County Council and Creative Waterford.
Images: David Clynch
Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr Joe Kelly raising the Pride flag in Dungarvan
Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr Joe Kelly with members of Dungarvan Pride Organising Committee
l-r John Gomes-Rea, Ciara McCluskey, JP McCarthy, Seona Byrne, Emilene Stafford and Lady Fi Fi Fondu
Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr Joe Kelly, Cllr Conor D. McGuinness and Cllr Damien Geoghegan with members of Dungarvan Pride Organising Committee