[Alex Drummond is lead photographer for GrrlAlex & Associates: weddings, portrait and commercial photography.]
I’m really proud to be invited back as the official event photographer for Pride Cymru 2015. It will be the third time I’ve photographed the Cardiff Gay Pride event. (You can click this link to read about Cardiff Pride ‘Mardi Gras’ 2013). Here’s my report on the 2014 event and upcoming news on 2015.
Cardiff Pride News: Pride Cymru 2015
Update: Date announced for Cardiff Pride 2015: Saturday August 15th 2015 (so bookmark the date in your diary!) More information to follow soon. You can visit the Pride Cymru Webiste via this link.
Cardiff Pride 2014
Cardiff Pride (formerly known as Cardiff Mardi Gras) is the signature event of the year for the Pride Cymru team. It’s a celebratory parade through Cardiff city centre and festival event in Coopers Field, celebrating LGBT+ identities here in Wales.
Although the Pride Cymru team work throughout the year, campaigning for LGBT equality and putting on various LGBT events, the August Pride event is the focal point for many. With a range of artists and performers, the Coopers Field event is designed to have broad appeal, but with an emphasis on creating a positive and safe space for people who identify as LGBT+. Pride Cymru’s party in the park is a chance to celebrate being out and proud (and enjoy a day of entertainment).
Cardiff Pride Parade
Now establishing itself as key part of the Cardiff Pride celebrations, the Pride Parade this year involved over three thousand people. By 10:30am, the parade had started to assemble. Gathering at the top of town on Churchill Way (by the Capitol Shopping Centre): Samba bands; dancers; performers; LGBT community groups; supporters of the LGBT community and various others from across the LGBT spectrum processed through the city centre, making this quite a spectacle. The parade route leads off from Churchill Way, down Queen Street and then across towards the Hayes before heading down St Mary St. to the Castle Street entrance to the park and then on to Coopers Field.
Cardiff Pride: Video of the 2014 highlights
I was delighted to secure the contract to be the official event photographer for Pride Cymru (Cardiff Pride) 2014. It’s a long but enjoyable day for me and my assistant, but helped this year by good weather and great crowd. 2014 was probably the most successful pride event to date so here, I’ve assembled a collection of images and short video clips to give you a feel for the event – especially helpful if you’ve never been before.
Cardiff Pride: A varied program of events
As well as the main stage acts, a variety of smaller stages and events are placed throughout the field. There’s also a children’s play area; silent disco; stalls; and fairground rides. Various community support groups offer advice and guidance available for a range of issues relevant to LGBT+ lives.
See you in Coopers Field for the 2015 Pride Event – Saturday August 15th!