Wales’ biggest celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community held their first parade, highlighting LGBT rights, through the centre of Cardiff.
Whilst legislation has moved on and members of the LGBT community arerecognised and protected in many aspects of law; the reality is that this doesn’talways happen within our communities, in workplaces, and worse still inpeople’s homes.
Richard Newton, Mardi Gras Chairman
Each year Cardiff Mardi Gras attracts thousands of people from all over the UK, but there has never been a march through the city centre.
This year’s event marked the 12th anniversary of the festival, but Mardi Gras Chairman Richard Newton says although there have been improvements for LGBT people in Wales, more needs to be done.
Around 600 people took part in the parade march, which started in Dumballs Road and went through St Mary Street to Cooper's Field.
This year's festivities included a cabaret, youth zone, community market vendors, catering, bars and a dance arena hosted by Decadence. The celebrations continued into the night in the Welsh capital's various bars and clubs.
Pop stars Heather Small and Marcus Collins wowed thousands of revellers at Cardiff Pride.
The former M-People singer and gay X-Factor finalist joined tribute artist The Lady Ga Ga Experience and top DJs the Freemasons on the main stage at the Welsh city's annual LGBT festival on Saturday.
The event co-insides with the launch of Show Racism the Red Card’s latest film ‘Homophobia, Let’s tackle it!’
The launch, which will be held at UNISON House on the 26th September in Cardiff will also have guest speaker; Welsh International Rugby Union Referee Nigel Owens.
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