Pride Cymru

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Pride Cymru
PredecessorCardiff Mardi Gras
Formation1999; 2014
TypeLGBT Charity
Registration no.UK Registered Charity (no. 1137744)
Location
  • Cardiff, Wales
Websitehttps://www.pridecymru.com/

Pride Cymru (previously Cardiff Mardi Gras) is a gay pride festival held annually in Cardiff, Wales on the August bank holiday weekend.

Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend is Wales’s biggest celebration of equality and diversity.  Over 3 days, Pride Cymru hosts over 50,000 people in the Welsh capital to raise awareness of equality and diversity and supporting the LGBT+ community.[1] As part of the festival, there are various cabaret performances, funfair rides, live music, bars and food stalls, and a family area.[2]

History[edit]

The first Cardiff Mardi Gras took place in Bute Park, Cardiff, in September 1999 as a response to an increase in hate crime in South Wales.[3] Over 5,000 people attended this inaugural event.[4] Cardiff Mardi Gras became a registered charity in 2010. Since 2012 the event has included a pride parade through Cardiff city centre.[5] In 2014, Cardiff Mardi Gras was renamed Pride Cymru, and has been operating under this name ever since.

Ever since its first event, the festival has continued to grow. It now attracts up to 50,000 people over the three days of the Pride Cymru Big Weekend Festival and is considered to be one of the fastest-growing LGBTI events in the UK.[6]

Pride Cymru was relocated from Bute Park to City Hall Lawns in 2017, due to a booking clash with the Champions League final that year.[7] However, the Big Weekend has continued to be held at the City Hall Lawns ever since.[8] The event is currently due to continue until at least 2022.[9]

Controversy: Cardiff Council[edit]

In 2016, there was a rumour started that Cardiff Council had dropped support for the event. [10] In an official statement, the Pride Cymru chair said she was told by the council that they'd "made a choice not to allow events during the summer of 2017".[11] There was strong local opposition to the decision and the issue prompted a personal appeal from Sir Ian McKellen in which he compared the negative attitude toward the LGBT community with that seen in India and China on his travels.[12]

Under intense pressure, Cardiff Council reversed its decision and awarded Pride Cymru a slot later in August to move it away from other major events taking place. The organisers would instead take over the running of the Council's Big Weekend open-air music festival.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Big Weekend – Pride Cymru". Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  2. ^ "The Big Weekend – Pride Cymru". Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  3. ^ "Pride Cymru turns 20 this year amid a worrying surge in anti-LGBTI crime". Gay Star News. 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  4. ^ "About – Pride Cymru". Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  5. ^ Liz Day (14 August 2016). "The best pictures from the Pride Cymru festival 2016". Wales Online. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Pride Cymru turns 20 this year amid a worrying surge in anti-LGBTI crime". Gay Star News. 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  7. ^ Discombe, Matt (2018-07-26). "Future of Pride Cymru event 'under threat' as costs row ensues". walesonline. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  8. ^ Discombe, Matt (2018-07-26). "Future of Pride Cymru event 'under threat' as costs row ensues". walesonline. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  9. ^ Wood, Chris (26 August 2017). "Pride Cymru: Under threat event 'safe for five years'". BBC News. UK: BBC.
  10. ^ "Pride Cymru: Uncertainty over 2017 LGBT event in Cardiff". BBC News. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Fears Pride Cymru will have to find a new home because of Champions League fanzone". Wales Online. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Sir Ian McKellen: Pride 2017 uncertainty 'alarming'". BBC News. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  13. ^ Mosalski, Ruth (20 December 2016). "Cardiff's Big Weekend is coming back – and organisers promise it will be bigger and better". WalesOnline. UK. Retrieved 20 October 2017.