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50,000 people attend Pride Cymru's 20th anniversary weekend in Cardiff

15,000 marchers were cheered on by an estimated 2,000 spectators Credit: Matthew Horwood

50,000 people attended the Pride Cymru weekend in Cardiff over the course of three days.

Organisers say Saturday’s parade through the capital was the biggest in Pride Cymru's history, attracting over 15,000 marchers and an estimated 2,000 spectators.

15,000 people marched in the main parade on Saturday Credit: Matthew Horwood

Led by the First Minister Mark Drakeford, the march started at 11:00 and made its way through the centre of Cardiff.

First Minister Mark Drakeford led the parade on Saturday morning Credit: Matthew Horwood

Headliners at the festival site in the civic centre included Gok Wan, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, Samantha Mumba and Texas.

Texas was a headline act on the Saturday night Credit: Matthew Horwood

Since 1999, the event, which was formerly known as Cardiff Mardi Gras, has grown significantly.

Gian Molinu, Chair of Pride Cymru said, “Twenty years ago the first Cardiff Mardi Gras took place, so to have Atomic Kitten, Honeyz and Samantha Mumba with us on Sunday and Texas and Tina Cousins on Saturday, means a lot. Their hits took us back to the 90s and 00s which was incredible.

Gok Wan appeared on the main stage on Saturday night Credit: Matthew Horwood

“The support we have received this year from local politicians, businesses, fellow charities and of course the general public, has been overwhelming and I hope that together, we are taking further strides towards an inclusive society where diversity is celebrated and not just tolerated.”

Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend will return next year.

Watch our film, 'Twenty Years, Still Proud', recorded by the people of Pride and written by poet Sarah McCreadie.

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