Heather Small and Marcus Collins headline Cardiff Pride

Thousands celebrate Welsh capital's 12th annual LGBT festival with parade, parties and pop performances

Heather Small and Marcus Collins headline Cardiff Pride
03 September 2012

Pop stars including Heather Small and Marcus Collins wowed thousands of revellers at Cardiff Pride.

The former M People singer and gay X Factor finalist joined tribute artist The Lady Ga Ga Experience and top DJs the Freemasons on the main stage at the Welsh city’s annual LGBT festival on Saturday (1 September).

This year’s festivities, held in Coopers adjacent to the majestic Cardiff Castle also included a cabaret, youth zone, community market vendors, catering, bars and a dance arena hosted by Decadence.

Around 600 people took part in the 12th pride Mardis Gras parade which adopted the theme of ‘visibility increases understanding and reduces fear’.

Mardi Gras chairman Richard Newton said: ‘Since the inception of Cardiff Wales LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Mardi Gras the move towards equality for the LGBT community within Wales and the UK has come a long way.

‘We have witnessed the repeal of Section 28, an equal age of consent and the recognition of civil partnerships, and now all have obligations under the Equality Act.’

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