This is the parade day, but more on this later.
The “Queer as Political” Exhibition with its reinterpretation of Irish Queer figures continues in The Other Place, LGBT Resource Centre.
And the Other Place is one of the busier venues this morning as not only are breakfasts available from 10am, but that is also when the amazing body painters that came down from Dublin start to make the parade colourful by painting the birthday suits of the lucky chosen few. I don’t think that there are any places available, but if you really want to be painted, try sending a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before 9am.
A little later at 12pm brunches are being served in a mixed event at LinC on White Street just off Douglas Street.
If the parade is not you thing, the Cork Gay Hill-walkers start their climb of Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain to celebrate the Cork Pride Festival by raising the Rainbow Flag and the Cork Pride Flag on the Summit. If you haven’t already registered for this event, you’re probably too late.
At 3pm the big Parade starts from the Grand Parade Plaza at the Cork City Library, up South Mall, through Parnell Place, along Merchant’s Quay and down Patrick Street to finish back at the Grand Parade plaza and board-walk. This year the theme is “Evolution”. While marching groups and groups with floats should have registered in advance, all-comers are welcome to join in.
The post parade events are all scheduled for 4pm, but really won’t get in to the swing of things until the parade finishes and dissipates. At Loafers is the Loafers Annual Pride BBQ with DJs Sinead and Eddie K entertaining you throughout. At the Other Place their offer is a chance to chill out and relax with good food, good music and some craic. They also have free wi-fi for those of you who want to upload their photos of the event as quickly as possible. And finally there are the Chambers Post-Parade Pints. They are serving Hot food with special prices for a pint: With sausage and chips at €5. Other food deals also on offer.
Later on in the evening sees synth-pop band Eden make a big comeback tour of Ireland, and more importantly Chambers Cork, with host from Dublin the one and only April Showers at 10pm.
Staying in Chambers at 11pm the YouTube sensation Sean Rumsey also from Future Proof X-Factor 2007, brings his show to Cork for one night only.
An audio events listing guide to the Cork Pride Festival is available.