PRIDE CYMRU’S big weekend is back this August Bank Holiday weekend and we immediately come up with a huge problem. Where on earth do we begin to tell you what’s going on? To say it’s a big weekend is more than an understatement. To use that well worn cliche ‘there’s something for everyone’ is, well – cliched and well worn. The truth is we can’t actually tell you too much just yet as the weekend programme is still being finalised.
Simply put it’s 3 days of pure party atmosphere and extravagant entertainment in the heart of our capital. A celebration of the importance of LGBT, people and culture in our communities as well as bringing more than 200,000 of us together in Wales’ capital city. In fact, have you ever looked at those festivals on the telly and thought how much you’d like to go one year? Well don’t worry, PRIDE CYMRU have brought the festival to our doorstep.
They’ve been doing this for a long time now, this is actually the 21st Anniversary of the event. One of their long-standing committee members, Rob Keetch, who hosted the first ever Cardiff Mardi Gras, told us…
‘One of my favourite memories of the event was in 2006 when I spoke to a family who had driven all the way down to Cardiff from Scotland. Their 18-year-old son had just come out to them a few days before and they wanted to show him their support by celebrating diversity and inclusivity together as a family.‘
We suppose family best sums up the theme of the whole event. Everyone coming together, throwing a big party, celebrating something very special and having a great time in the process. That’s what families do.
Certainly the most colourful event in Cardiff’s calendar, it will be turning the City Hall Lawn and surrounding streets into a carnival of diversity, with funfair rides, amusements and entertainment from some of the UK’s biggest names in music, comedy and more. Here are some pictures which tell the story of a weekend of incredible entertainment.
On the Saturday PRIDE CYMRU’s Parade will be back out on the streets of Cardiff with the brightest, most spectacular march you have ever see. It’s like someone throws the biggest bag of skittles all over town. Last year there were more than 7000 participants from the Welsh community, proudly celebrating our diverse population. This is an event for everyone. All of us enjoyed, smiled, laughed, and cried and have only positive memories from last year’s event and we’ll be back to do it again this year.
In summing up such a massive occasion I guess we would say it’s about bringing people together to help break down social barriers, which sadly still exist. They also do so much charitable good over the three days. Give people a chance to volunteer and be an important part of its success. Most importantly however, it’s great fun and with all this on offer, it really couldn’t be anything but…..
PRIDE CYMRU’S Big Weekend takes place over the August Bank Holiday, on the 28th, 29th and 30th August in the City, on Cardiff City Hall Lawns and in fact the whole of the town. It will be incredible but on a practical note it will also be incredibly busy, so be aware of that if you are travelling in and around Cardiff. Please note that children under the age of 14 will have to be accompanied by an adult at the gigs.
We’ll bring you more information as soo as we have it, in the meantime here is the teaser video from last year to give you a little flavour…..