Galway’s annual Pride Festival August 13th to16th, is packed to the rafters this year!! It kicks off on Thursday the 13th with Pride Youth Day in Fr Burke park – featuring plenty of amenities for under 18s andalcohol free! The official Launch takes place in Monroe’s Live at 8pm with all the community invited. Well known local band The Cozy Cartel will provide entertainment on the night with finger food and wine to be served.

Galway Pride Launch in Monroe's Live Wednesday 13th August

Galway Pride Launch in Monroe’s Live Thursday 13th August


Friday with Ivan Fahy at BOI Theatre at NUIG

On  Friday 14th – Seven Bar on Bridge Street will host a series of Lectures at 1pm, a transgender day of remembrance will take place near the town hall at 5pm, with a Gender Fabulosity fashion show in NUIG’s The Cube at 8pm, featuring Ivan Fahy. Friday night Monroe’s Live at 9pm The Clandestinos and DJ Ruth from Break for the Border Dublin will entertain you for FILTHY / GORGEOUS CLUB NIGHT with the theme : Express yourself!

Saturday 15th sees the annual Pride and now Equality parade led by our grand marshal Pat Carey starting at Eyre square at 1.30pm and finishing at the museum at 3.30pm  – with Galway’s fantastic Oddity providing festive entertainment.  Johnny Garvey and his gospel choir will lead people as Community Pride hold a vigil to remember loved ones – holding a balloon release in their memory. Annual Pride Family Day and Dog show will take place in Fr Burke Park between 4pm and 6pm. Take yourself down west to the Pride Festival Beer Garden from 3.30pm where Sara O Kane, local Drag acts Kiki St Clair and guests and a selection of DJ’s will entertain the socks off you! This will be followed later that night by Dublin’s Victoria Secret Drag Act and also Dublin’s Euphoria with transgender dancers in Roisin Dubh, this event being hosted by Mr Gay Ireland Marcos Vinicius. Meanwhile join in the Bears as Seven Bridge Street host the Galway and guests BEAR NIGHT from 9pm.

This brings us up to Sunday in Monroe’s Tavern which will host the Pride Brunch with fries and bloody Marys from 1pm with Crooner John Nolan and Sara O Kane bringing us into the party mood as we embark on the annual Pride Boat Cruise on the Corrib Princess -bus departs Monroe’s at 5.30pm and the cruise sets sail from Woodquay at 6.30pm sharp with Dj’s Vinny and Tanya blasting out the 70s, 80’s and 90s tunes until 8.30pm , then its back to Monroe’s Tavern to dance the night away with our 90s hits DJ!! We can’t wait …can you?


Thanking you in advance,

Tommy Roddy

Committee member Galway Community Pride



Posted by Darius Ivan

Journalist, Photographer and Designer VR360 content creator

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