The Cork LGBT Pride Festival kicks off this Sunday with a family fun day at Fitzgerald Park and continues for the week culminating with the 12th Annual Cork Pride Parade on Sunday, August 6.
The week of events kicks off with an afternoon of family fun, rainbow festivities and activities for young and old, tame and bold at Fitzgerald Park, kicking off at 12 noon, July 30.
Cork Pride Organiser JP McCarthy said the family fun day is one of the biggest events of the week and all are invited.
“The Cork Pride Festival is a celebration of the LGBT community and how far we have come.
“We have seen so many milestones since homosexuality was legalised in 1993 and we want to acknowledge that through a number of events this week.” There will be live music throughout the day, along with kiddie entertainment from stilt walkers, magical roving Disney and Marvel characters, plate spinning, balloon tricks, colourful face painting, a Scruffy Doo dog show and a Pride market selling the finest carnival food Cork has to offer.
As well as all that, there will also be air archery, giant Twister and giant Sumo wrestling suit ring to keep everyone entertained both taking part and watching!
A night of Burlesque cabaret and entertainment with Foxy P Cox and friends is being held at The Poor Relation from 8pm on Wednesday and an art exhibition called ‘ReCollective’ will be held at St Peter's on North Main St from 7pm.
The week of events continues with a cinema night, and a tribute evening to celebrate and remember the life and times of David Roche.
Mr McCarthy said Mr Roche was one of the founding members of Cork Pride and he had done so much for the youth of the community.
“His door was always open. He was a larger than life character, young at heart but wise and mature also.” The week closes on a high with the Cork LGBT Pride Village running from 12-6pm at Bishop Lucey Park.
In the park will be live music, artistic performances and Karaoke for anyone looking to exercise their lungs.
As well as all this there will also be a ‘Gay Olympics’ with events such as Stiletto dash, Handbag toss and Lipstick relay.
And no raucous party would be complete without a giant Twister set and a Sumo Wrestling Ring for the more adventurous among us to let loose.
Finally, the week will end in a blaze of colour with the 12th Annual Cork Pride Parade starting on Grand Parade at 12 noon.
Mr McCarthy said the parade has been getting bigger and bigger every year and it is great to see.
“When you are walking up Patrick St and there are people cheering you on, it is acceptance and it is a brilliant feeling.
“The support we receive is very important and the more people that turn up the better.” For more information and a full list of events check out their Facebook page: Cork Pride.