Dublin Pride

We first worked on Dublin Pride in 2015, which was the biggest ever event as it coincided with the result of the Marriage Referendum here in Ireland. The number of participants grew dramatically and the amount of people lining the streets to enjoy the parade was probably on 2nd to the St. Patrick's Day crowds each year.

After the major success of 2015, we signed a deal with Dublin Pride to run the 2016 and 2017 Dublin Pride events also. 

Each year has presented its own unique challenges. With the LUAS (tram) works in Dublin, we've had to assess the suitability of multiple potential parade routes over the years. With the increasing popularity of the event, we've had to alter both the start / assembly location as well as the site for the open-air event. 

At all times we've worked tirelessly with the client, DCC, An Garda Siochana (police), transport providers and all key stakeholders to ensure that the Dublin Pride event  works for everyone.

The Challenge

Devising a route for 25,000+ parade participants that allows for around 150,000+ people to watch and enjoy the parade as well as sourcing, designing and managing a site for the open-air event for approximately 16,000 people is a challenge each year. This is particularly so in light of LUAS works and the ever-changing Dublin city dynamic.

Our Solution

In our first statutory agency meeting for Dublin Pride 2015 (the biggest ever) we presented a capacity calculation for the open-air site that was near double what was previously accepted as the capacity. We’d to then back those figures up.

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The Result

Over the years, we have established more of a spirit of cooperation between all key stakeholder parties, to the point that Dublin Pride is a permanent fixture on the annual event calendar in Dublin and we all look forward to working on it each year.

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In our first statutory agency meeting for Dublin Pride 2015 (the biggest ever) we presented a capacity calculation for the open-air site that was near double what was previously accepted as the capacity. We’d to then back those figures up.

What we did

We're specialists at establishing capacity figures for non-event spaces and we've utilised that capacity every year since. It's a safe, conservative capacity and very much fit for purpose and grounded in international best-practice. 

We programme, plan and manage Dublin Pride each year. We work closely with the Dublin Pride Board in order to ensure the festival continues to grow and develop in line with their future plans. 

We provided:

  • Licence Application
  • Capacity calculations
  • Site drawings & maps
  • Stakeholder management
  • Budget Management
  • Event Controller
  • Safety Officer
  • Deputies
  • 8 x Safety Management Team
  • Site Manager

Over the years, we have established more of a spirit of cooperation between all key stakeholder parties, to the point that Dublin Pride is a permanent fixture on the annual event calendar in Dublin and we all look forward to working on it each year.

What we did

Good people from all the key agencies & stakeholders come together to make sure Dublin Pride can be the best version of itself possible each year, within the constraints of a growing, ever-changing landscape in Dublin.

With LUAS works, alterations to traffic arrangements and pressures being felt by some of those agencies & stakeholders, it's only the collaborative efforts of all that ensure the event is successful each year. 

Thanks to the support of the LGBTQ community in Dublin and further afield, Dublin Pride is now the 3rd largest Pride event in Europe. 

I highly commend Safe Events for the job they did on our festival. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Mags, Mark, Martin, Elaine and the entire team. 

It was obvious from the outset that Cuckoo were engaged and understood the subtleties and special nature of our event, while coping with the large numbers it attracts.

They were always willing and able to listen and take our needs on board, and were proactive and flexible in their approach. I can't wait to work with Safe Events again, and am delighted to recommend them for any occasion.

Jason Flynn
Chairperson
Dublin LGBTQ Pride Ltd.