Liberalisation is one of the ways Ireland has changed over the last 40 years. Pride Season is upon us again. It’s that time of year when rainbow flags flap everywhere and people flood the streets wearing rainbow leg-warmers, tutus and face-paint.
Belfast’s pride season has been growing year on year and there are many ways of celebrating this summer.
Pride 2019 is an especially important year because it marks 50 years since the Stonewall riots – a violent riot against LGBT people in New York City back in 1969 which spurred on LGBT rights movements for years following– so expect bigger and better celebrations.
Belfast has plenty of things to do including theatre productions, dance classes, and even live pro wrestling.
Here you’ll find some of the best ways to celebrate Pride in Belfast this August 3rd, whether you want to kick back and chill or get fully involved in all that’s happening. No matter what, come out and be proud.
1. Dress the part – to stand out
Before you get into the celebrations be sure to look the part. At Pride, the bigger and brighter the fashion the better so wear bold colours, wear leg-warmers, face-paint, colourful tops or whatever you want and feel most comfortable in. Pride’s supposed to be a celebration of you.
And don’t worry if you’re lacking rainbows in your closet, shops all across Belfast will be selling pride outfits, whether it’s full rainbow-striped suits from Carrolls Irish Gifts or a rainbow flag from a street vendor, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of ways to look the part this August.
2. Have some breakfast – to help fund Pride
The Northern Whig is kicking off Pride with its annual Pride Day Breakfast. They’re serving a delicious breakfast with a large portion of donations going directly towards the funding of Pride.
You could have something light like granola and pastries, or go big and have a full fry to get you ready for the day ahead. The event runs all morning, just be sure to book as places are limited.
Address: 2-10 Bridge St, Belfast BT1 1LU
3. See the parade – to start your day off big
Belfast’s Pride parade starts at 1:00 pm so most streets will be closed for the colourful floats and characters travelling through the city.
Come along and cheer on the groups passing by or, even better, get involved in the parade and join the hundreds of other walkers in support of LGBT rights and pride.
4. Watch some pro wrestling –for the adrenaline rush
It’s not the first thing we think of when thinking about pride but the Wellington Hotel is hosting a professional live wrestling event featuring some of the best up and coming pro-wrestlers in Ireland.
Many of the wrestlers are members of the LGBT community and are some of the best current WWE Superstars. Tickets are limited so get them while you can.
Address: 21 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6RU
5. Visit the Pride Village – for family-friendly fun
The Pride Village is set up beside the ‘Big Fish’, beside Custom House Square as it is annually. In the village, you’ll find charities, performers, activities, and family-friendly fun such as bouncy castles and inflatables. There’ll be food trucks and street vendors as well as plenty of music.
What sounds better than grabbing an ice-cream and lying back on the grass to take in the festivities and soak in the atmosphere?
6. Party in the Square – to dance it out
The annual Party in the Square is the biggest LGBT led party in the city. Last year they boasted up to 10,572 visitors at the party and this year looks to be no different. Featuring a plethora of local music acts and performers, you can spend hours dancing along and enjoying the atmosphere the party always has.
And best of all, the event is entirely free. This year’s acts include a handful of drag queens such as Tina Leggs Tantrum and Belfast local musician, Robert Brown. It’s sure to be an event not to be missed.
Address: 20 Donegall Quay, Belfast BT1 3AS
7. Hit the club! – to party into the early hours
The Belfast night-life scene is no stranger to LGBT nights but the entire city is hosting pride parties all over on the Saturday evening.
Whether you venture to the Kremlin for their classic pride night or even try the Drag-Queen hosted night at the Maverick bar, there’s plenty of opportunities to have a few drinks and cheers to pride. Dance like nobody’s watching and be proud because Pride only comes once a year.
There you have it, the perfect ways to celebrate Pride in Belfast this year. There’s something for everybody during the festival whether you want to party or just feel involved.
The main thing is to have fun and to enjoy the atmosphere. Pride’s all about happiness and love and there’s nothing better to celebrate than that.