Sligo hosts first ever pride celebration

Illustrated rainbow pride flag on a white background.

The picturesque Irish town of Sligo will be transformed into a queer paradise this weekend, as part of the Pride Northwest festival.

Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transsexuals will be joined by heterosexual people marching under the banner ‘Straight But Not Narrow – Heterosexuals Supporting LGBT Rights.’

The parade will move through the town this Saturday. Organisers hope the event will become a draw for tourists, and say that the response from local officials and businesses has been very positive.

Other events in the three-day festival include a picnic on the beach and a social event with live music and a disco.

Sligo is famous as the home of three members of Westlife, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan.

Last August Feehily revealed to The Sun that he is gay. He is currently dating Kevin McDaid, a former member of boy band V. He still lives near Sligo.

The band’s name derives from the town’s position on the very edge of the northwest coast of Ireland.