Pre-Pride: Pride Cymru

Jake Basford

For those who like doing the pride rounds, Cardiff Mardi Gras has been at the centre of LGBT+ pride in Wales for the past few years, but has never been given the same national standing as Brighton, Manchester or London on account of it being, well, Welsh. This year, however, the organisers are determined to up their game.

Pride Cymru returns to Coopers Field for 2014, taking place in the shadow of Cardiff Castle and many other historical monuments, with an expected 20,000 participants in attendance.

With a budget of £250,000, a line-up that includes Stooshe, Eternal, Misha B and La Voix, and patrons including Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Lu Corfield, 2014 is really set to put Cardiff on the Pride Map for sure.

This year’s theme, #WelshPrideIs, has already been promoted online, and pictures and text using the hashtag will be promoted throughout the event, taking place tomorrow (16 August).

Pride Cymru’s parade is due to start off on Churchill Way, centre of the gay bars of Cardiff, at 11.30am, ending on the High Street opposite the Castle and leading onto the main event, which includes various stalls including the Gaydar Silent Disco.

Ending at 9.30pm, revellers are expected to attend one of many parties around the gay scene of Cardiff, with nightclub Pulse hosting the Street Party, themed ‘Glow With Pride’, and encouraging all attendees to dress up in UV fluorescent realness.

Other bars will also be hosting after-pride events, for example Eagle Cardiff kicks off the weekend with Strippers tonight, and Wow Bar finishing off with the Lady Gaga Experience from Donna Marie.

Minor controversy has already affected Pride Cymru, as last week it was announced that Union J pulled out last minute to appear on the National Lottery due to contractual obligation, but they were quickly replaced by Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro and Stooshe.

Keep an eye out over the weekend for our #VadaDoesCardiff updates!

About Jake Basford

Essex-boy living in Cardiff, Jake is a writer, PR/Media officer, and Social Media consultant. Obsessed with video games, American culture and Buffy. Can usually be found at his laptop working.