This article was published on August 29th, 2019
Diolch, Cymru! Thank you Wales and Pride Cymru for an extra-extra-EXTRAordinary time in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff for Pride. Pride Cymru is Wales’ largest gay gathering and the queerest party in Cardiff.
More than 50,000 people came to Wales’ largest LGBT event, and it was fantastic day of community and celebrations. Pride Cymru is also one of the largest LGBT celebrations in the UK. What was once a queer Mardi Gras gathering, Pride Cymru just celebrated its 20th year with an entire weekend of fabulous events.
Make no mistake—the Welsh are lovers of life and know how to throw a good party. The entire city of Cardiff was awash in rainbow flags and colors, ready to welcome the thousands of tourists and visitors that come to Wales for Cymru Pride. The pride parade on Saturday is the largest Cardiff sees annually, and the festival is one of Wales most visited events.
This year, Pride Cymru was headlined by the rock band ‘Texas’ who first shot to fame some 30 years ago with their singles ‘I don’t Want a Lover’, “Say What you Want” and “Inner Smile”. Friday saw performances by 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 had performances by 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.
Sunday saw performances by Bang Bang Romeo headlining and featured Honeyz, Atomic Kitten, and Samantha Mumba supporting on the Admiral Main Stage. Other acts on the main stage included 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 featured Joel Drummett amongst numerous other stars with the cabaret stage’s hosted Karaoke with Dixie Norms and Caberoke with Minnie Cooper.
Even though Wales is a small country and Cardiff the 11th largest city in the UK, the pride celebrations and events that Cardiff hosted with Pride Cymru were sufficient to make any visitor feel like they were in one of the busiest cities in the world, while feeling welcomed like a long lost friend. Next August, head to the UK and visit Wales during the 21st annual Pride Cymru in Cardiff.
Start planning your trip to Pride Cymru in 2020 with the help of Visit Wales.
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