RTE The Voice of Ireland winner Patrick James performs for Limerick Pride

RTE The Voice of Ireland winner Patrick James performs for Limerick Pride

We are thrilled to announce that winner of RTE’s The Voice of Ireland 2015 Patrick James performs for Limerick Pride Festival on Saturday July 18.

The Limerick Pride Festival 2015 kicks off today, Tuesday July 14 and will run until Sunday, July 19 featuring a multitude of events, from educational workshops and discussions to evenings of music and club nights, to cater to the Pride needs of everyone.

There is a fantastic line up for Limerick Pride 2015 with something for everyone culminating in the annual Pride Parade on Saturday July 18 and the PrideFest party directly after the Parade. Limerick Pride want to welcome everyone to join them in celebrating LGBT culture in Limerick and show Limerick for the truly open and accepting city that she is. It is set to build on the success and positive energy of previous years festivals, promoting community spirit, community engagement and celebration. This past year the Irish LGBT community has received resounding support from the wider Irish community in their support of equal rights and marriage equality so this will be reflected in this year’s Pride Parade with a celebration of freedom and the opportunity to develop the concept of the family unit within the community.

Patrick James is getting used to his role as a recording artist and his first official single “Redemption Days” which was penned by London singer-songwriter Josh Osho is set to be released on July 17 accross all digital platforms. Patrick says: “The lyrics in Redemption Days and the style of music is definitely me. It’s a feel-good song. I knew the moment I heard it that we were on the same wavelength”.

Kicking off at 3.30pm Patrick James, will headline Limerick Pride Festival 2015 at Orchard Bar  – a showcase of LGBT Culture in Limerick that you will not want to miss on Saturday July 18. He will be performing his first official single “Redemption Days” from The Voice of Ireland 2015. It’s been nothing short of an emotional rollercoaster for the Dubliner, who was the clear favourite throughout the show as his incredible voice had the backing of all four coaches. “The lyrics in Redemption Days and the style of music is definitely me. It’s a feel-good song. I knew the moment I heard it that we were on the same wavelength. As sad as it sounds, I have watched The Voice results over and over just to remind myself that I actually did win it. I still find that hard to believe,” Patrick explains. We look forward to seeing this amazing Irish talent showcased at Limerick Pride Fest 2015!

Limerick Pride’s official Launch night on Tuesday, July 14 will be in “Stroker’s Gay Bar” on William Street with champagne, finger food and dance floor musical treats.

The ‘Pride Wedding Show’, a wedding fair established in 2014 as part of Limerick Pride Festival, will take place on Wednesday July 15 at the Limerick Strand Hotel by award-winning wedding planner, Sharon McMeel.

 The annual Pride Parade on Saturday July 18, will bring some extra colour and music to Limerick City Centre, gathering at City Hall at 2pm, the Parade will make its way at 3pm up O’Connell Street, across Mallow Street to Henry Street, past Arthurs Quay Park and returning to City Hall. Then everyone will go PRIDEFEST 2015,  a showcase of LGBT Culture in Limerick that you will not want to miss with your host Paul Ryder! With special guests Patrick James, Winner of Voice of Ireland 2015, Limerick singing sensation Niall O Halloran & Retro Gospel Fushion Choir.

This years Grand Marshall will be none other than Limerick legend, actor, director and playwright, Myles Breen! Myles has been a stanch advocate of LGBT rights for decades and in 2009 as part of Limerick Pride, staged his play “Language UnBecoming a Lady”, telling the story of one gay man’s life in Limerick and it left a profound effect on audiences in Limerick. Now as Myles is about to take the play to New York in September, it is fitting that he leads the community in their walk through the streets of Limerick celebrating their freedom and newfound equal rights. Myles said: “ I am beyond honoured to be asked to be the Grand Marshall of this years Parade. Growing up in Limerick in the 70’s and 80’s, I never dreamed of one day leading a Parade through the streets of my beloved hometown in celebration of equal human rights for the LGBT community. It’s a dream come through and I feel my life has come full circle. I hope everyone comes out to help me celebrate!”

That night after Pridefest, the main “Climax Party” at Dolan’s Warehouse, will feature “Dragged Up” star Paul Ryder and guests Pixie Woo and Victoria Secret performing their colorful show full of energy and movement, followed by DJ Ruth on the main floor and a “Saved by the 90’s” party upstairs.

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