Wales’ annual Pride parade and celebrations return to Cardiff this month!
Each year Pride Cymru make their events open and welcoming to families but, if you’ve not been before, it can be good to know what family-friendly activities to look out for. Here’s our family guide to Pride Cymru.
Pride Cymru are a registered charity that fights against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, race or religion. They are best known for their annual celebration of equality and diversity: Pride Cymru (which used to be known as Cardiff Mardi Gras).
This year there is going to be a whole weekend of activity taking place on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August. There will be several events being hosted under the Pride Cymru umbrella; including Pride Cymru 2016, Party In The Parc and the historic Pride Parade.
With so much going on it can be pretty confusing to get your head around it all, so here’s what to look out for at the main event at Cooper’s Field on Saturday 13th August in our family guide to Pride Cymru…
The Family & Youth Zone returns to Pride again this year and has a wide range of activities that you and your kids can enjoy.
The Playbus Company will be parking up and offering a unique ‘playcentre on wheels’. This double decker bus is fully converted with soft play including a ball pool and a slide plus much more – a great place for fun for those 12 months to 12 years .
If the kids want some more classic fun and games then you can head over to the Scouts & the Girl Guides area where there will be wall climbing, rope making , garden games and more.
Family fun isn’t just restricted to the Family & Youth Zone; have a quick wander around the various stalls at Pride Cyrmu and you will be able to find other activities for the children, including Face Painting and Glitter Tattoos.
Grab a colourful outfit, put on some rainbow face paint and get involved in the Pride Parade along with performers, walking bands, dance groups and other members of the public.
This energetic celebration of equality and LGBT+ unity will be the official start to the Pride festival celebrations, starting at Queen Street and ending at Cooper’s Field.
If you want to get involved in the parade you will need to register before the start of the parade (at 11am on Saturday 12th August) and make a donation of £1 per person.
What celebration would be complete without music? Take the kids over to the main stage and have a dance.
This year the Pride Cymru line-up includes Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Danny Beard, Eurovision’s UK entry duo Joe and Jake and denim-loving 90s icons B*Witched.
Get Involved Early
The fun starts well before 13th August with activities taking place in the Pride Cymru Community Hub – which opens on the 6th August to 12th August in the Morgan Quarter. There will be face painting, children’s craft activities and live music all taking place at the hub.
What about access?
If you are coming to Pride Cymru with children or family members who are disabled, don’t worry as they have a full range of services to support those who require a little extra help – including PA Support Tickets, a Quiet Zone, Viewing Areas and more.
How do I get tickets?
Family Tickets to Pride Cymru (not including Party In The Parc or the Pride Parade) are £22 in advance and £24 on the day. These tickets provide entry for two adults and two children (under the age of 13), or one adult and three children. If you fancy winning yourself a free family ticket, however, you can check out our Pride Cymru competition.
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