Cllr. Joanna Byrne speaking at the opening ceremony of the Drogheda Pride Festival this afternoon. Beside her is festival organiser and founder Peter James Nugent. Photo: Andy Spearman.
The second Drogheda Pride Festival was launched earlier today with a ceremony at Millmount which culminated in the rainbow flag being raised at the highest point in the town.
Drogheda Pride founder and Festival Manager Peter James Nugent welcomed everyone to the ceremony and introduced the guest speaker, Sinn Fein Cllr. Joanna Byrne who spoke on the festival’s theme for this year which is social inclusion, Cllr. Byrne also did the honours at the tape cutting ceremony.
Following a Poetry recital by Jeffrey Nielsen it was time to brave the strong wind that was blowing around MIllmount for the flag raising ceremony and the release of multi-coloured balloons into the skies above the town.
This afternoon Festival activities include a family fun day at the Barbican Centre which is followed tonight by an official opening party at the Weavers bar and venue from 8.00pm.
Saturday, 12th August
Pride Breakfast in Stockwell Artisan Foods, 1 Stockwell Street from 10am till 11.30am
08:00 pm, Drogheda Pride Festival main event in McHughs Venue, Cord Road
Host: Ringmaster of Drag Race fabulous Paul Ryder.
DJ: Caroline Gormley till late
Drag show time: Sophia Harte & Paul Ryder
Music: Matthew Nolan
Doors open at 8pm till late.
ADMISSION €5 - Group of 5 €20
Over 18 only Garda Id required.
Sunday, 13th August
08:30 pm Drogheda Pride BBQ in Odd Mollies - Come along for a BBQ, drinks & the banter and unwind down after all the excitement of Pride weekend in Drogheda.
For more information see the Drogheda Pride Festival Facebook page
Jeffrey Nielsen reading a poem at this afternoon's Drogheda Pride opening ceremony. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Cllr. Joanna Byrne cuts the tape to officially open Drogheda Pride 2017.