Dublin LGBTQ Pride have cancelled Dublin Pride 2020.
The organisation announced the news in a press release this morning.
It reads: 'It is with great regret that Dublin LGBTQ Pride has decided to cancel our annual Pride Parade for 2020.'
'Although we had initially postponed the Parade until September, we feel the scale of one of the largest events in the country would place unnecessary pressure on essential frontline services and resources that will have been at full stretch for many months.'
However, it's not all bad news!
Dublin Pride is the largest fundraising event of the year for many LGBTI+ community organisations and charities in Ireland.
And even though the physical event won't be going ahead, Dublin Pride is going virtual!
Dublin LGBTQ Pride will host the first Digital Dublin Pride Festival with a fully interactive virtual Pride Parade and a Pride Concert in June!
The statement continues, 'Buildings will still light up for Pride, flags will be flying high across the city and our community will still be there to support each other.'
'Pride isn't cancelled, we're just bringing it home.'
Here are all the digital events we have to look forward to:
Festival Launch – May 22nd
Officially launching the 2020 Digital Dublin Pride Festival & Parade with the Lord Mayor of Dublin and special guests.
The event will coincide & celebrate the 5th anniversary of the famous Marriage Equality referendum in Ireland.
Festival Dates – June 18th to June 28th
Over the festival, we will host a number of online events of our own and promote events run by other LGBTI+ organisations.
These will include virtual walking tours, talks, exhibitions, Geillí, etc.
Saturday, June 27th – Global Pride 2020
Dublin Pride will take part in an international 24 hour online Global Pride 2020 event with LGBTQI+ Prides across the globe.
Sunday, June 28th – Virtual Pride Parade
The parade will be a mix of submissions from the various LGBT+ community organisations and partners who normally take part as well as Pre-Records & live submissions from the public.
Sunday, June 28th – Pride Concert
A mix of live and pre-recorded performances and messages from community groups with live guest presenters.
A virtual stage as backdrop style production. Our Drag Kings & Queens are still singing and throwing shade, our DJs are still dancing to help entertain you in your homes.
For more info visit the Dublin Pride website here.