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Dublin Pride Parade on the 30/6/18

On the 30th June the Pride Parade will take place in Dublin city centre.  The parade will commence in St Stephens green at 12pm with speeches and entertainment taking place beforehand.  Twenty to thirty thousand people are expected in St Stephens green at the commencement of the parade and the maximum of ten thousand in Smithfield, where there will be further entertainment consisting of bands and speakers.  This is an alcohol free event.

The parade route is as follows:  St Stephens Green South / Earlsfort Terrace, Cuffe street, Kevin Street Lower, Kevin Street Upper, Patrick Street, Clanbrassil Street Upper, Christchurch Square, High Street, Upper Bridge Street, Lower Bridge Street, Church Street, North King Street and into Smithfield Square.

Traffic management plan – Bridewell District – North Side

Road closures will be in place for duration of the event, mainly Haymarket and Church St New. Local residents will have access to their residence except for Haymarket. Alternative parking arrangements have been made for these residents by the event organisers.  Where possible all main vehicle routes around the event will be kept open for traffic. 

There will be rolling road closures as the parade makes its way into Smithfield.  When the parade is at Christchurch, traffic will be diverted away from the quays onto Blackhall place (for North side traffic) and Watling Street Bridge (for Southside traffic). 

No traffic will be allowed on Church St or North King St once the parade reaches Christchurch.  Diversions will be in place at Constitution Hill diverted traffic away from Church St and North King St. 

Buses on the North Quays will be allowed travel from Ellis quay to Arran quay and when there is a break in the parade will be allowed continue onto Inns quays. VMS signs are located in various locations around the city informing members of the public of the event.

For the duration of the event there will be no LUAS stopping in Smithfield.  The nearest stops will be the Four Courts Stop or the Museum Stop. 

The following information Stay Safe at Pride the Event Management Company have requested to be distributed to all media web sites of all agencies involved

Stay Safe at Pride

Getting to Pride and around the City

• Plan your journey well in advance from anywhere in Ireland on www.transportofireland.ie

• St Stephens Green and Harcourt Luas stops are within walking distance of the Parade gathering area and

Museum/Smithfield/Four Courts Luas stops are within walking distance of Smithfield Square. Queue

management systems will be in place at certain Luas stops. For crowd safety Smithfield Luas stop will not be

operational at all times during the festival.

• An Garda Siochana will have a traffic management plan in operation for the city. For full details please visit


• There will be some diversions on Dublin Bus routes.

• There is no parking at St Stephens Green South or in or around Smithfield Square. There will be a tow-away

system in operation. Alternative parking for residents is available for the day, contact: hello@safeevents.ie

Stephens Green (Parade assembly) 12.00pm – 2.00pm

• The Festival will begin at 12.00pm with speeches, entertainment and a chance to view all the magnificent

floats taking part in the Parade.

• The parade assembly area will be closed to the public until 10.00am while floats and vehicles are set in place.

Walking groups and the public may enter after 10.00am and entry to the area will not be permitted for

vehicles after that time. A wristband system will be in place for participants accompanying floats. Please

make sure you have your wristband allocation in advance of event day. No early queuing permitted.

• Entry to the area is subject to search, please do not bring bags.

• Alcohol is strictly prohibited in this area.

The Parade 2.00pm

• The Dublin LGBTQ Pride Parade is open to all, be courteous of your fellow participants and follow directions

from stewards, and An Garda Siochanna.

• Both vehicles and pedestrians take part in the parade, please show extra care and keep a safe distance from

vehicles at all times.

• Only vehicles registered and approved in advance may take part in the parade.

• Under no circumstances are there to be any objects or paraphernalia thrown from vehicles during the


• Alcohol is strictly prohibited on the parade.

Smithfield Square (Post Parade Party) 3.00pm – 7.00pm

• Smithfield Square will be open from 12.00pm with most activities starting about 3.00pm. Access before

12.00pm will be restricted while we set up the festival site. We will have family fun activities, community and

sponsor areas, food stalls and a main stage with entertainment for the whole afternoon. No early queuing


• Smithfield is a residential area and we ask all attendees to respect the privacy of the residents and respect

the local communities.

• Smithfield Square and the surrounding area has numerous local businesses including restaurants, bars and

shops which will be open on the day. Support local businesses where possible.

• There are no ATMs within the Smithfield Square site. Please bring enough cash necessary. ATMs are

available in the surrounding locality.

• Entry to the area is subject to search, please do not bring bags.

• Alcohol is strictly prohibited in this area.

Bags and Searches

• For security we will have searches entering the Stephens Green and Smithfield festival sites. This is a

requirement for the safety of all, please cooperate with security staff, stewards and An Garda Siochana.

• Please do not bring a bag, people without bags will be fast tracked through the search at either location.

• If you must bring a bag it needs to be smaller than A5 size. All bags will be subject to search and will result in

unnecessary queuing. There will of course be exceptions made for people with medical conditions or

children, but for the sake of everybody’s safety, all bags will be thoroughly searched.

• You may NOT bring alcohol into St Stephens Green South or Smithfield Square.

Looking after each other

• Free wristbands for children are available at St Stephens Green and Smithfield. The purpose of these

wristbands is to help reuniting lost children their parent/guardian should they get separated from you.

• We will have a medical team working with us, if you need assistance or you see someone who does contact

one of our team.

• Please look after your own welfare on the day. Stay hydrated, we will have a supply of free drinking water if