Irish Red Cross Youth members will participate in Pride this year on board an open-top bus
We want to thank all of the kind and generous volunteers and supporters of Irish Red Cross Youth (IRCY) who have helped us to reach our goal of attending the Dublin Pride Parade for the seventh year in a row. We have exceeded our initial fundraising target of €750 which will cover the cost of hiring an open-top bus to use as a float on the day. We are still accepting donations on our website for anyone who wishes to contribute to the costs of putting the float together.
This year’s parade will commence at 2pm from St. Stephen’s Green and travel through the city to Smithfield Square. IRCY members will be on board the bus which will be playing upbeat music and will be adorned with the Irish Red Cross Youth logo. Altogether, 45 youth members and their leaders will help decorate the bus, act as stewards during the parade, record video and promote IRCY to the public in attendance.
IRCY first took part in the parade in 2012 to further extend its commitment to be a fully inclusive youth organisation. We are aware that a number of our youth and adult members are part of Ireland’s LGBT+ community and welcome the chance to express our solidarity with them, and to invite those in Ireland’s LGBT+ community to become part of the Red Cross’ worldwide humanitarian movement.
IRCY is committed to sending a message of positivity, diversity and inclusion. We know how much difference our Pride participation makes because we hear it directly from the volunteers who take part and from members of the public who contact us to let us know how much it meant to them and their children to see a youth organisation declare that everyone is welcome.
IRCY’s participation in Pride has been recognised and highlighted across the media both at home and abroad in recent years and our involvement has also been heavily documented on social media, particularly YouTube. This year we have also received multiple videos messages of support and congratulations from other National Societies which we will be sharing on our Facebook page along with footage of the parade itself.