Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Volunteer Programme

Statement 29/04/2020

It is with great regret that Dublin LGBTQ Pride has decided to cancel our annual Pride Parade for 2020. Although we had initially postponed the Parade until September, we feel the scale of one of the largest events in the country would place unnecessary pressure on essential frontline services and resources that will have been at full stretch for many months. When we chose “In This Together” as our theme for 2020, we knew it was not just a phrase, but a responsibility. A responsibility to act in the best interests of all our communities, to react to changing circumstances and to support our frontline workers.

Dublin Pride is the largest fundraising event of the year for many LGBTI+ community organisations and charities in Ireland. Even though we won’t be together on O’Connell Street we know that won’t stop us all coming together to support our community and the vital services they provide, often to our most vulnerable members.

So, we’re still going to see you in June, and you’ll definitely see us, as we host the first Digital Dublin Pride Festival with a fully interactive virtual Pride Parade and a Pride Concert. Buildings will still light up for Pride, flags will be flying high across the city and our community will still be there to support each other. Pride isn’t cancelled, we’re just bringing it home.

Keep an eye on the Dublin Pride website and social media as they announce plans for Digital Dublin Pride 2020.

Volunteering at Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride

Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride 2020 festival will take place from June 18th to 28th, with the Pride Parade on Saturday, June 27th 2020.  Volunteer Ireland is delighted to once again be working with Dublin LGBTQ Pride CLG and Safe Events to manage the volunteer programme for this year’s event.

Over 7,000 people from over 150 different groups with floats and marching bands and colourful costumes and lots and lots of noise will lead out the Parade.

Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride

Applications for Dublin Pride 2021 will open in Spring 2021 so keep an eye on this page.

In the meantime, check out the kind of volunteer roles on offer at previous Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride events listed below.

Diverse, Inclusive, Accepting, Welcoming, Safe Space for EveryoneDublin LGBTQ+ Pride Volunteer Programme is a diverse and inclusive volunteer programme, who are accepting and welcoming. We welcome volunteer from all communties and LGBTQ+ Allies. We provide a safe space for everyone to volunteer. By joining this Volunteer Programme you agree that everybody should be free from intimation or harassment, resulting from prejudice or discrimination.

Core Team

Dublin Pride Festival Picture: Arthur CarronThe requirements here are for a small team, to assist at Pride Village, most of this team are already in place and there is very little time commitment beyond the day itself. The main function of volunteers here is to act ambassadors for Pride, to ensure people are having a good time and know where everything is. This would ideally suit outgoing people.

Pride Village Team

Dublin Pride 2019The requirements here are for a small team, to assist at Pride Village, most of this team are already in place and there is very little time commitment beyond the day itself. The main function of volunteers here is to act ambassadors for Pride, to ensure people are having a good time and know where everything is. This would ideally suit outgoing people.

Pride Village Ambassadors

Dublin Pride Festival Picture: Arthur CarronPride Village Ambassadors act as information points moving through the festival site. They assist with community activation stands.  Look out for lost children or any vulnerable attendees.  Monitor the crowd and report any unusual activity.  Assist event control in the event of an emergency.

Parade Performers

Dublin PrideThis is a new category for Dublin Pride and is part of a plan to develop the parade over the coming years by adding more spectacle. This year we plan to start with a small team of about 20 volunteers. The volunteers will need to be outgoing and willing to dress up and wear makeup and interact with the crowd. This team will need to push 4 to 5 non-motorised float that will be positioned towards the front of the Parade

Parade Marshal Team

Dublin Pride Photo K HaydenThis is the area with the largest requirement for volunteers, and with the exception of the lead team, the time commitment required is limited to just some pre-event training and about 5 hours on the day of the event.  The role of the Parade Marshal Team is to assist in the safe and orderly assembly, set up and movement of the parade.

General Marshals

Dublin Pride Festival. Picture: Arthur CarronAssist with the setup and assembly in their designated zones.  Maintain the wristband access system in their zone.  Assist with the movement of their zone as the parade begins to move.  Communicate information as required between parade participants in their zone or general public surrounding it and their Zone Manager or statutory bodies, security staff or event control staff.  Assist in the safe movement of the parade through the city.  Act as general information sources for attendees.  Assist event control team in the event of an emergency.

Float Marshals 

Dublin Pride. Photo credit: Malena Juerss, Stephen Kennedy & Darragh O'Connell.Maintain a perimeter, around moving vehicles and ensure walkers are a safe distance from vehicles. (perimeter is created by carrying rainbow bunting on either side of the vehicle).  Ensure float occupants act in a responsible fashion, e.g. not throwing items into the crowd or in other ways acting irresponsibly.  Assist event control team in the event of an emergency.

Flag Marshal

Dublin PrideAssist in laying out the flag and act as the core carrying team.  Enlist members of the public to join and take turns carrying the flag through the parade.  Assist in the safe packing up of flag at the end of the Parade and its return to parade office.  Assist event control team in the event of an emergency.