The 30th Galway Pride celebration will be launched on Monday, 12 August by Galway Community Pride.
Kicking off at 1pm Monday, the Galway Community Pride committee’s first event of the week will take place at Eyre Square as they get the show on the road with the annual Pride Flag Raising ceremony.
The event will be led by Nuala Ward, a long-time LGBT+ activist and co-founder of the first ever Galway Pride, and also the Grand Marshal for this years Parade.
“Come hail, rain, or sunshine the Pride flag shall fly,” said Pride Co-Chairs Morgan Sweeney and Sharon Nolan.
Later that day the Pride committee will be welcomed into City Hall for an official reception recognising the progress the LGBT+ community has made in recent years as well as the rights yet to be vindicated.
And on Monday evening at 8pm in the Roisín Dubh we will see the Pride Launch Night. The Galway Community Pride committee welcomes everyone to the annual launch night which will be hosted by the lovely Rob Partridge who will by backed up with music from a local choir, the Tribetones.
The community awards will see Galway Pride celebrating the best and brightest examples of community spirit, voluntary and advocacy work, and contributions to the LGBT+ community.
The categories are Community Group of the Year, Campaign Group of the Year, Artist of the Year, and People’s Champion.
There will also be Rainbow committee awards representing the virtues of the Pride flag.
The Committee said: “Not only will we be kicking off the start of our week long of events for Pride but we will also be gathering together to reward those who have given so much to Galway.
“Pride is rooted in activism and this is our opportunity to reward that.”