This years parade theme is Yes Equality, we hope you will lend us your voice and come walk with us in a show of solidarity. Our Pride parade is taking place just 6 days before Ireland takes to the polls, with the world holding it's breath in anticipation. Will Ireland be the first country in the world, in which a vote by it's citizens, has given every citizen in love, the opportunity to enter into a civil marriage. We wait, with bated breath....
Parade Grand Marshal
This year we are delighted to have the wonderful Kerry native Pat Carey as our Parade Grand Marshall.
Pat Carey came out earlier this year, he is a former Fianna Fail minister. He has said in interviews that speaking out publicly as a gay man might help other people of his age and generation.
“There are lots of men and indeed women of my generation who have the same difficulty that I had in coming to terms with how you articulate your gender issues,” he told Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One.
Excerpt Irish Times Interview
Born in 1947, he grew up “in a very happy home” on a 14-acre farm on the side of a mountain in the parish of Keel near Inch Beach. The nearest small village was Castlemaine.
“I’d say my mam knew I was different but they wouldn’t have had a definition of gay or anything like it. Mothers mightn’t articulate it but they always know,”
He met his partner in mid-2011. They moved in together at the end of that year and have been a couple since.
We are honored to have him lead out Kerry's 3rd Pride Parade.