Led by the LGBT group Lavender and Green Alliance, the Irish in New York will celebrate pride this Sunday, June 24, 25 years to the day since the decriminalization of homosexuality by the Irish State.

On Sunday, June 24, New York City will celebrate Pride, where the Irish flag will once again be proudly flown. Joining with Irish LGBT group Lavender and Green Alliance, the Consulate General of Ireland in New York and many other Irish businesses, sporting, cultural and heritage organizations, IrishCentral will be streaming live from the Irish float before they set off on their march.

25 years to the day that homosexuality was decriminalized in Ireland, the Global Irish are celebrating NYC Pride

Posted by IrishCentral.com on Sunday, June 24, 2018

Join us from 1.30pm (EST) here on our Facebook page as we celebrate alongside our fellow Global Irish, 25 years to the day since the decriminalization of homosexuality by the Irish State and three years since Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.

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The Consulate General of Ireland in New York preparing for Pride.

The Consulate General of Ireland in New York preparing for Pride.

“I take great pride in the fact that, more than ever, Ireland is a place where people can be comfortable being themselves – it’s a simple expectation but it hasn’t always been the case and it is important to celebrate just how far we have come,” said Consul General Ciaran Madden of the Consulate’s first-time presence in the parade.

As always, the Irish contingent will be lead by Lavender and Green, carrying an Irish flag stitched by Gilbert Baker, who designed the original rainbow flag in June 1978.

“This Pride 2018, marking the 49th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, we celebrate the pioneer activists who led the way toward equal rights for LGBT people in Ireland and here in New York,” said Gay activist Brendan Fay of the Lavender and Green Alliance.

“Our theme – ‘Amach le Chéile – Out Together’ – reflects the more equal and inclusive Ireland we are becoming. We welcome young people who are just coming out and we extend our solidarity to LGBT communities across the world.”

The Consulate General of Ireland in New York preparing for Pride.

The Consulate General of Ireland in New York preparing for Pride.

Among the other Irish groups marching will be the New York Irish Center, the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, and the Aisling Irish Center.

For all those interested in signing up to take part in the NYC Pride March with members of the Irish community of all ages, register and receive further details at the Lavender and Green Alliance website: https://www.lavenderandgreenalliance.org/events/2018-nyc-lgbt-pride-parade

For those who can’t make it, be sure to join IrishCentral on our Facebook page from 1.30pm (EST) onwards.

Join the Irish contingent at NYC Pride this Sunday, June 24. Consulate General of Ireland in New York