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Ireland’s first Mardi Gras Festival


It’s that time of year people, PRIDE!

Waterford Pride brings you Ireland’s first Mardi Gras Festival, taking place all next week.

Waterford Pride, one of Ireland’s biggest LGBT pride festivals, is shedding its labels to become an event focused on diversity and inclusion. Ireland’s first Mardi Gras festival, based on the event in New Orleans, will take place from May 27th to June 2nd with a full line-up of events throughout the week.


Faye from Steps will be performing



The pride festival in the city traces its roots back to the early 2000s when a team of volunteers put together the first festival. The event has grown over the years and today Waterford City is one where lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are a welcome part of the wider community. It is this openness which prompted the team behind the event to create something that everyone, straight or gay, can enjoy together.

The line-up of events throughout the week ranges from a ghost walk through the historic Viking Triangle to The Mardi Gras Ball where X-Factor star Kitty Brucknell will perform. The Mardi Gras parade will take place on Saturday 1st June at 3pm leaving from The Plaza and will be followed by a street party in Railway Square. Steps star Faye Tozer will entertain the crowds that evening in Dignity.

Waterford Pride Chairman Shane McCrann said

This is a chance for us to create an event the entire South East region can celebrate and we invite everyone, gay or straight, to come and enjoy the week-long festival. We’re delighted to have Faye Tozer from Steps as our headline act and feel the events line-up has something for everyone. We’ve incorporated some of the New Orleans Mardi Gras themes and traditions and we hope everyone who visits experiences a little piece of that magic.

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One Comment

  • To me it’s a bit odd is calling it a Mardi Gras festival when Mardi Gras is actually a celebration preceding the start of lent that takes place in the Southern United States. It would be like a pride festival taking place in the US being called “America’s first Samhain” in the middle of July.

    Amiee said:
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