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Pride Cymru 2018 sees 50,000 people attend celebrations in Cardiff

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Fifty thousand people are estimated to have attended the annual Pride Cymru Big Weekend - a celebration of diversity and equality in Wales.

Credit: Matthew Horwood

The event, which is thought to be the biggest in the charity's history, was held on Cardiff City Lawns with performances from an array of international and local acts, cabaret and entertainment.

Britney Spears impersonator and star of Ru Paul's Drag Race Derrick Barry performed on Saturday evening Credit: Matthew Horwood

Across the weekend, Saara Aalto, Derrick Barry, Katherine Ellis, Flip & Fill, Mutya and tributes to Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga and Cher also performed.

The rain on Sunday didn't put people off enjoying the entertainment Credit: Matthew Horwood

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The Pride Cymru parade took to the streets of the capital to start the weekend-long celebration of diversity. Credit: Matthew Horwood
Credit: Matthew Horwood
Credit: Matthew Horwood

Colleagues across ITV news and programmes teams took part in the parade and Ruth Wignall and Carl Edwards took to the main stage to introduce a number of performers in the afternoon.

ITV colleagues took part in the parade on Saturday

ITV Cymru Wales is delighted to once again be a part of the Pride Cymru celebrations.

It's a recognition of our commitment to equality and diversity. Huge strides have been made in legislation and attitudes but there is still a long way to go, not just here but around the world and that's why events like this are so important.

A number of colleagues will be taking part in the parade and reaffirming ITV's place right at the heart of a fair and tolerant society.

– Dafydd Jones, ITV Cymru Wales' Programme and Digital Editor

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Families, individuals, groups and organisations joined in the parade to showcase "the true diversity and equality across Wales."

Credit: Matthew Horwood

Celebrity Big Brother star and Australian drag queen Courtney Act closed the show on Sunday night.

Credit: Matthew Horwood

Despite the adverse weather on Sunday, Pride Cymru's Chair Lu Thomas said the event was "bigger and better than ever before".

LuThomas, Pride Cymru’s Chair, said, “We’re so proud of everyone who has come to celebrate with us and make our Big Weekend such a massive success.

It’s been overwhelming to see the whole community and the whole of Wales come together to celebrate and support us, and stand shoulder to shoulder with our trans community, in solidarity when it matters most. “

The theme for this year’s Big Weekend was #ProudToBeMe. The campaign aims to encourage members of the LGBT+ community and beyond to use their voice and be proud of their identity.

Full line-up for Pride Cymru's Big Weekend

Here's Jane Solomons's report: