Cardiff_PridePride Cymru takes place this year on Saturday 13th August and it is all set to be the biggest and best EVER!

The first ever Cardiff Mardi Gras event took place on September 4th 1999, with over 5,000 people who had gathered by the end of Saturday night to Bute Park for the city festival. The event coincided with a conference on hate crime, which urged the LGBT community to report crime to the police.

Since then, combatting hate crime became one of the main aims of the organisation. Singer-songwriter, Tina Cousins and 90’s pop star, Anthony Kavanagh were booked to perform at the nation’s first Mardi Gras. Since then, the Welsh event has gained support from many local performers and big names such as Beverley Knight, John Barrowman, Heather Small, Charlotte Church and a number of successful X-Factor stars including Rylan Clark and Marcus Collins. Doctor Who writer and Queer as Folk creator Russel T. Davies, has also been amongst those to support the event, along with International rugby referee Nigel Owens.

The yearly parade gathers in the city centre from 11am and the march travels through the city to the event venue, which as always is Cooper’s field. The events and entertainment starts there at midday and the fun carries on until 21:30, at which point it is time to hit the city’s bars and clubs for the after-parties.

Natalie has been an LGBT journalist for 12 years and joined the Fyne team in 2001. Her interests outside of work are cycling, running and badminton. She is also studying for a degree in psychology.

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