Galway gears up for a week of Pride

The week-long festival culminates in a parade next Saturday

Galway gears up for a week of Pride

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Galway is gearing up for a week of events to mark its Pride Festival.

It kicked off with a flag raising ceremony, and an opening party at the Harbour Hotel Monday night.

As part of the festival there will also be a family fun day at The Spanish Arch, an open top bus tour for a hidden history tour of Galway, and even a Hawaiian-themed boat party up the River Corrib.

On Thursday, the Secret Garden plays host to a BTQIA+ Tea Party, where people can soak up the atmosphere.

"The BTQIA+ tea party will create a space within our Pride week to specifically focus on those who aren't gay in the community," said event organiser Sharon Nolan.

"Those who are bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, or anything in between are welcome to come, meet new friends, and relax with us."

This will be followed by a talk about reproductive rights in the LGBT+ community, and a discussion around the 8th amendment.

Other highlights of the festival include a comedy night headlined by comedian Patrick McDonnell (aka Father Ted's Eoin McLove), an interactive workshop from the Trans Equality Network Ireland and a vigil to honour those lost to suicide, violence, addiction or HIV/AIDS.

The festival runs until Sunday August 21st, with a parade and official party on August 20th.

Snapchatter James Patrice is the Grand Marshall, with the theme of #ExpressYourself.

James Patrice

This year's parade will also see a longer route, bigger community and professional involvement and more to do at the finish.

"The entire festival is open to all and we encourage you to come to our events, participate in the discussion, join the parade, bring your parents and loved ones and celebrate your uniqueness," organisers say.

"Be brave, be bold but above all, be proud."