Pride Cymru, the new name for Cardiff Mardi Gras.
The first ever Cardiff Mardi Gras event took place on September 4th 1999, with over 5,000 people who had gathered by the end of Saturday night to Bute Park for the city festival.
Since then, combatting hate crime became one of the main aims of the organisation. Singer-songwriter, Tina Cousins and 90’s pop star, Anthony Kavanagh were booked to perform at the nation’s first Mardi Gras.
Since then, the Welsh event has gained support from many local performers and big names such as Beverley Knight, John Barrowman, Heather Small, Charlotte Church and a number of successful X-Factor stars including Rylan Clark and Marcus Collins. Doctor Who writer and Queer as Folk creator Russel T. Davies, has also been amongst those to support the event, along with International rugby referee Nigel Owens.
The number of visitors to the event grew annually, attracting 12,000 in its second year, rising to 20,000 in its third year.
While it’s become one of the biggest pride events in the UK over the years, it’s taken creative initiatives to tackle wider issues in the LGBT community.