Pride in Newry Just Gets Better

The Pride in Newry Festival 2014 has been declared an incredible success with many more people taking part this year.

Peter Tatchell speaking at Pride in Newry 2014. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Peter Tatchell speaking at Pride in Newry 2014. Photograph: Columba O’Hare

The Festival in it’s third year was easily the best supported ever, with visitors from all parts of Ireland and the UK making a weekend of it and joining in many of the festivities. These not only included the Pride in Newry Parade and Concert but also a fun filled family area, trips down Newry Canal on Currachs, street theatre galore and a second stage right bang in the middle of town showcasing the best of local bands.

The week running up to the finale included a comedy night from All Porter, a name to watch out for in the future, a trade union event as well as events organised by Sinn Fein and the SDLP.

Pupils from St Paul's High School, Bessbrook walking in the Pride in Newry Festival Parade on Saturday along with their Principal Jarlath Burns. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Pupils from St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook walking in the Pride in Newry Festival Parade on Saturday along with their Principal Jarlath Burns. Photograph: Columba O’Hare

A local secondary school took part in the Pride in Newry Parade for the first time ever, a very good indication of how far Newry has come in the push for recognition and equality for the LGB and T communities. Read more »

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Live Streaming – Pride in Newry

The 2014 Pride in Newry Parade and Festival will be streamed live today from Newry City.

To watch the stream go to http://prideinnewry.com/live.html from 2pm.

Pride in Newry - Live Streaming

Pride in Newry – Live Streaming

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Pride In Newry – Take 3 – Bring It ON!!!

Newry will be ablaze with colour tomorrow Saturday for the third annual Pride in Newry Festival Parade and Concert.

Mary McSorley, The Equality Commission with Rory Rafferty, Chairman, Newry Rainbow Community and Brian Quinn, Deputy Mayor, Newry and Mourne District Council getting ready for tomorrows Pride in Newry Festival 2014. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Mary McSorley, The Equality Commission with Rory Rafferty, Chairman, Newry Rainbow Community and Brian Quinn, Deputy Mayor, Newry and Mourne District Council getting ready for tomorrows Pride in Newry Festival 2014. Photograph: Columba O’Hare

The parade begins at McClelland Park, Catherine Street at 2pm but there are lots of activities on before and after.

This years parade will for the first time have a local school group participating with Year 13 and 14 pupils invited along with their teachers.

The Parade starts at 2pm from McClelland Park and will travel along Edward Street to the Camlough Road Roundabout, down Monaghan Street, across the bridge, round by the Town Hall before travelling down Hill Street, turning into Mill Street and then down Merchants Quay and back down Monaghan Street where it will finish.

There will be free Currach trips on Newry Canal from 12pm to 3pm from outside Courtenays on Merchants Quay so if you fancy an Amsterdam Pride experience get on down.

From 11am Marcus Square will have entertainment from local bands on stage as well as members of Belfast Community Circus and the Armagh Rhymers.

A family fun day takes place from 1pm in McClelland Park with Sticky Fingers workshops, funfair rides, stalls, fantasy funhouse and much more.

The Pride in Newry concert will start at 3pm in McClelland Park with a mind blowing list of performers including local band The Nooks and Louis Walsh’s latest band Taken as well as kings and queens of camp the Bjorn Identity.

All these events are free and open to all.

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Pride in Newry Events

The Third Annual Pride in Newry Festival begins this Monday the 25th of August and finishes on Saturday the 30th with the Pride in Newry Parade and Party in the Park in McClelland Park, Catherine Street.

Cahal Lynch of Identity Graphics who designed the Pride in Newry Festival posters and the Festival's new website at www.prideinnewry.com Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Cahal Lynch of Identity Graphics who designed the Pride in Newry Festival posters and the Festival’s new website at www.prideinnewry.com Photograph: Columba O’Hare

Events in the week leading up to the Parade are:

Monday 25th August: Karaoke Night, McGuigans Bar, Monaghan Street

Tuesday 26th August: Walk with Pride. Meet at NRC Centre 7.30pm

Wednesday 27th August: Comedy Night with Al Porter, 7.30pm. Sugar Supper Club, Sugar Island. Tickets £17.50 from Sugar Supper Club. Includes all corkage charges and selection of 3 dishes from their petit plats menu.

Thursday 28th August:
SDLP Coffee Morning, 11am, Dominic Bradleys Office
Trade Union Stall at Daisy Hill Hospital.
NRC Women’s Group Open Night, 8pm, NRC Centre, 82a Hill Street.
Sinn Féin Pride in Politics, 7.30pm, Newry Arts Centre.

Friday 29th August
Pre Pride Passion, Bellinis, 9.30pm.

Check out more details on www.prideinnewry.com

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Pride in Newry 2014 – The Launch

Be proud of Newry, be proud of yourself – Support Pride in Newry!

Mary McSorley from the Equality Commission speaking at the launch of the 2014 Pride in Newry Festival. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Mary McSorley from the Equality Commission speaking at the launch of the 2014 Pride in Newry Festival. Photograph: Columba O’Hare

The Third Annual Pride in Newry Festival is under starter’s orders with a week of events beginning this Monday the 25th of August and culminating in the Pride Parade and Concert on Saturday the 30th!

This year’s Pride in Newry Parade begins at 2pm at McClelland Park and with the involvement of more local community groups than ever, together with lgb&t organisations from throughout Ireland, massive Pride Flags and lots of colourful floats it promises to be spectacular!

Commenting on the parade Damian McKevitt, Secretary Newry Rainbow Community said “While many Pride parades around the world take place against a background of difficulties for lgb&t people, it’s also equally important to celebrate who we are as lgb&t people and to recognise the huge progress our community has achieved in recent years. Every year the Pride in Newry Parade gets more vibrant, colourful and spectacular with the emphasis on celebration and fun fun fun for both participants and spectators. Roll on next weekend!”

From 1pm to 6pm on Saturday McClelland Park has a Fun Day for all the family incorporating Sticky Fingers Workshops, Bouncy Slide and Fantasy Funhouse along with many variety stalls.

Pride in Newry was launched in Bellinis today. Pictured at the launch were the three speakers at the event: Brian Quinn, Deputy Mayor, Newry and Mourne District Council; Mary McSorley, The Equality Commission and Rory Rafferty, Chairman, Newry Rainbow Community with MlA’s, Councillors, PSNI, Pride in Newry Sponsors and members of Newry Rainbow Community. Photograph: Columba O’Hare

Pride in Newry was launched in Bellinis today. Pictured at the launch were the three speakers at the event: Brian Quinn, Deputy Mayor, Newry and Mourne District Council; Mary McSorley, The Equality Commission and Rory Rafferty, Chairman, Newry Rainbow Community with MlA’s, Councillors, PSNI, Pride in Newry Sponsors and members of Newry Rainbow Community. Photograph: Columba O’Hare

The Pride in Newry Concert begins in McClelland Park at 3pm with genuinely something for everyone in the audience! Up and coming band Microlip, Ryan Dolan, The Nooks, The Bjorn Identity, Gareth Woods, Alecia Karr as Pink and many many more will take to the stage with hosts Kevin McAllister and Lady Portia Di’Monte keeping things moving. International Human Rights activist Peter Tatchell will be the keynote speaker on the day.

For the first time the festival will have a second stage at Marcus Square on the Saturday with the best in local talent performing from 11am to 3pm as well as Armagh Rhymers and Belfast Community Circus performers who’ll be on hand to entertain everyone.

Fringe events this year are more varied and appealing than ever with a Comedy night, Pride in Newry walk, Karaoke, Women’s Night, political and trade union events as well as a Pre Pride Passion Disco and the eagerly looked forward to Pride Cabaret Ball that will finish off proceedings on Saturday night.

One of the highlights will certainly be the Comedy night in Sugar Supper Club at 7.30pm on Wednesday night, with Al Porter. Al at 21 regularly headlines at Ireland’s top clubs, including The Laughter Lounge, The International, and The Empire. He also runs a popular Monday night club, ‘The Comedy Shed’ in the Woolshed Bar & grill.

Rory Rafferty, Chairman, Newry Rainbow Community speaking at the Pride in Newry 2014 launch.

Rory Rafferty, Chairman, Newry Rainbow Community speaking at the Pride in Newry 2014 launch.

In January this year he was named as one of the Irish Independent’s 14 names from Ireland to watch in 2014 “Move over Graham Norton, Ireland’s ascendant king of camp is Al Porter. With bold gags and bolder suits, the young Tallaght man is fast making a name for himself”

Tickets from Sugar Supper Club, Sugar Island, for a night to remember.

The Pride Cabaret Ball on Saturday night in Bellinis is supported by Outburst Arts in partnership with Film Hub NI. A memorable night of laughter and music from the movies beckons with the amazing talent that is Jordan O’Keefe (who supported JLS at their legendary concert in Pairc Esler) providing the music, Roxy and Rusty will provide the camp while MC Fabu-D provides the comedy. Doors open 8.30 with tickets on the door.

Speaking about this year’s spectacular Rory Rafferty, Chairman Newry Rainbow Community said “All here at Newry Rainbow Community are tremendously proud of all the people and organisations that have helped make this year’s Pride in Newry the greatest yet. We would especially like to thank our sponsors Newry and Mourne District Council, The Big Lottery Awards for All, Newry Credit Union, Bellinis, The Equality Commission for NI, Thérapie Clinic, Lush, Identity Graphics, Eventsparkle.com, Outburst Arts, Film Hub NI, NIPSA, UNITE and Newry.ie”

Concluding he added “We look forward to seeing the entire population of Newry and many many visitors out enjoying themselves, showing us how truly proud they are of where they’re from”

See www.prideinnewry.com for the full line up and more information.

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