This article was published on August 14th, 2019
What started as Cardiff Wales LGBT Mardi Gras, a one-day celebration, has now blossomed into Pride Cymru (the word Cymru is Welsh for Wales), taking place across three days of the UK’s August bank holiday weekend. Cymru Pride marks its 20thanniversary in 2019, and Wales is pleased and thrilled to welcome the world to their beautiful country and capital city, Cardiff.
Pride Cymru’s big weekend is three days of fun which will include a festival with four stages, a community market with street food and food trucks, a cabaret, a family area, a gin bar, there’s a comedy stage, a faith tent for heathens and sinners to wash away the debauchery, and a mile-long pride parade! You won’t want to miss Pride Cymru’s big weekend.
Friday’s festival will feature Donna Marie as Lady Gaga with a live band, with the best tributes in the UK to Bruno Mars, Dolly Parton and P!nk. The Cabaret Stage will feature Charlie Hides, Martha D’Arthur, Wilma Ballsdrop, Heidi Wurst, Aida H Dee, Dixie Norms, Malady Masterwort, GWAED, and Polly Esther.
Saturday will feature on the Admiral Main stage: Gok Wan, Texas, and Liberty X, with supporting acts the Valli Boys, Tina Cousins, Shellyann, Rothwell, South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus, Song Birds, Fletch, Dr. Bev & Miss Kitty, Thomas Pound, Victors, Jordan Gray, Admiral Choir, Olivia and Nico. While there will be numerous performers on the Cabaret stage, Glee Stage, and Open Air Dance Tent.
Sunday will see Bang Bang Romeo headlining, featuring Honeyz, Atomic Kitten, and Samantha Mumba supporting on the Admiral Main Stage. Other acts on the main stage include Craig Gullivan, the cast of Priscilla, Greatest of Shows, Lucy Whittaker, the cast of Clinic, Jayni Hensley, Kinetic, Stephanie Webber, Grace Parry, Peter Karrie, Heather Marie, Saluti, Cerys, and the gathering. The Glee stage will feature Joel Drummett amongst numerous other stars and the cabaret stage will host Karaoke with Dixie Norms and Caberoke with Minnie Cooper.
Over 200 volunteers help the non-profit charity organization operate, so Pride Cymru can spend the year advocating for LGBT equality and rights throughout England and Wales, specifically in the Cardiff region.
For tickets, directions, any other helpful information, check out Pride Cymru’s webpage: https://www.pridecymru.com
Known for its gorgeous country side, impeccably preserved castles, and picturesque scenery, Wales is an incredibly beautiful country to visit. While technically still part of the United Kingdom, there are distinct differences between England and Wales from the accents, to the architecture, culture, and beyond. Cardiff is the UK’s 11th largest city, and you’ll find all the amenities of a major metropolis blended seamlessly with old world charm.
There’s a very lovely, particular way the Welsh do everything, and visiting this neat little country should be on your bucket list. Cardiff is an increasingly safe and welcoming city. If you’ve not been to Cardiff and Wales—er Cymru—make plans to attend Cymru Pride.