Pride Cymru helped bring together people of all ages, genders, orientations, races, religions and abilities this weekend to celebrate the diversity and equality of Wales’ capital city.
The long Bank Holiday weekend saw thousands of people descend on Cardiff, dressed to the nines and looking fine for the biggest LGBTQ+ event of the year.
Pride Cymru brought back Cardiff’s infamous Big Weekend on the City Hall Lawns for three days of live music and good vibes. With Charlotte Church, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Into The Ark all taking centre stage for an incredible carnival atmosphere.
We can’t talk about Pride without mentioning the fabulous parade that serves as a signal of strength within the community and the city as a whole. Drag Queens, service men and women, businesses and the public joined forces in an act of unity and to showcase the inclusivity and welcoming nature of our wonderful city.
Take a look at some of your best photos from the day and see if you can spot yourself in the crowd!
Parade of Pride
This year’s parade was the biggest and best we’ve seen, thousands turned out in the sun to embrace and enjoy the immersive and visually spectacular event. The theme of the parade was ‘Icons and Legends’ and participants were invited (and encouraged!) to dress up as their beloved idols, whether that be from the LGBT community or from the country itself.
Pride Cymru’s 2017 parade also paid homage to the passing of the Sexual Offences Act of July 1967, where homosexuality was partially decriminalised. Allies and members of the community walked side by side in a parade of over 7000 people.
What’s a successful Pride without the community that it celebrates? Attendees over the weekend truly outdid themselves with their glitz and glamour, with costumes and outfits that showcased the colour and pride of a community that has struggled through adversity and come out the other side stronger and more determined than ever before.
Radio presenters Wyburn and Wade and servicemen and women walked (or drove) the streets of Cardiff for the parade before descending on City Hall Lawns for Cardiff’s Big Weekend.
Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend
Cardiff’s Big Weekend hasn’t been held since 2011, but thanks to Pride’s raging success last year, the organisation was able to bring back the well-loved weekend with the best acts the festival has ever seen.
Fun Lovin’ Criminals took centre stage on Friday while Saturday saw tribute acts to Queen, Lady GaGa and Cher entertaining huge crowds. Cardiff native Charlotte Church hosted a late night pop dungeon that had everyone on their feet and dancing, an incredible end to an amazing weekend.
The Exchange Hotel is proud to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and welcomes people from all walks of life through our doors as employees and guests. Lawrence and Katie Kenwright, the driving force behind The Exchange Hotel, were honoured on The Guardian’s Pride Power List 2017 for their outspoken support and their drive to be a catalyst of change.
You may have missed out on your chance to stay with The Exchange Hotel for Pride Cymru 2017, but there is always next year! Why not take a look at some of our beautiful rooms and plan your stay in Cardiff’s most luxurious hotel.