An amazing week was had celebrating the 25th Galway Pride Parade. A big well done and thank you to the Galway Community Pride Festival committee and volunteers 2014!! We hope ye all get some well deserved rest!
Saturday was an early start for some at the 5 aside women’s football organised by Patricia Mc Namara and was by all accounts great crack!. These sporty women joined the crowd in Eyre Sq at 2pm for the annual Pride Parade.
Leading the 25th Pride Parade was City Mayor Donal Lyons, County Dept Mayor Niamh Byrne, Senator Hildegarde Naughton, Chair of Galway Community Pride Marcus Ó Gaoithín, and organiser of Galway’s 1st Pride parade Nuala Ward.
The very long and colourful Parade winded its way down the crowded sunny streets of Galway to the sounds of enthusiastic cheers from on-lookers. Rainbow flags hung outside local business for the occasion and those sitting outside stood and cheered. Galway’s LGBT groups were represented some with banners; GIG soc NUIG with their fab Marriage Equality t-shirts, trans support group GOSSIP, youth group shOUT! AMACH! LGBT Galway Ltd, Older LGBT Silver Rainbows, and AMACH! LGBT Parents support group.
The Parade ended in Dominick st where the street was closed off for the street party out side GBar. All those leading the Parade said a few words before the entertainment began. Tributes were paid to the 2014 Pride committee and volunteers, to Nuala Ward and the 14 others who took part in the first Pride parade in Galway and to the many volunteers who have kept the festival going over the last 25 years. The many achievements in human rights for LGBT people in Ireland were acknowledged and of course, the up coming referendum which includes Marriage Equality was highlighted. Pádraic Breathnach, co founder of Macnas and who supported the first Pride parade dropped by to wish the LGBT community all the best for the future.
Across the road in Fr Griffin Park the family fun day was in full swing!! Among the entertainment was the bouncy castle and slide which was thronged with children while others enthusiastically searched for the prises in the treasure hunt. This was a very successful event and much appreciated by the AMACH! LGBT parents support group!
There was a mixture of fabulous entertainers who got the crowed bopping and ready for the silent disco which carried on onto the wee hours, with a variety of venues in the area also participating in the celebrations. Lots to choose from and it didn’t end there!
Sunday was the Pride Brunch in GBar, the trip to Dublin for the Marriage Equality March (for those who had energy) the annual Corrib Cruise followed by the Pride Club with various Dj’s.
AMACH! would like to congratulate the 2014 Pride committee and volunteers, well done to all involved!! It was a fantastic celebration with something for everyone to choose from.
Here’s to Pride 2015 when we hope to be celebrating an LGBT Resource Centre for Galway and Marriage Equality!!!!