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People line the streets at the first Pride Caerffili

Pride Caerffili was a huge success as Caerphilly town centre was filled with rainbow flags, banners and bunting to celebrate its first-ever Pride event.

Caerphilly town centre and Castle Court shopping centre welcomed an outstanding 23,957 visitors on the day. A number of organisations including Gwent Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Caerphilly Runners had pre-registered to be a part of the celebration but hundreds more fled to the town centre and joined the festivities on the day.

The day long celebration on Saturday 24th June started with a parade through the town centre which began at St Martin’s School. The parade filled with people from all organisations and communities walked down Cardiff Road and passed the iconic Caerphilly Castle before finishing in the Twyn car park for exciting entertainment.

South Wales Men’s Chorus, RecRock, Jordropper and Myst Fortune were among the many performers that took to the entertainment stage throughout the day. Food and drinks stalls lined the area and made the event a full celebration.

Cllr Jamie Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council said, “This is the first council-led pride in the whole of Wales and we are proud to promote a community of inclusivity. The event is here for everybody and it’s very important to us. It was absolutely fantastic to see so many people lining the streets, showing support and getting involved. I hope people take away from the event that they can be who they want to be whenever, wherever”.

We would like to thank our sponsors; Unite the Union, Unison Caerphilly, Heddlu Gwent Police, Calon Law, Protector Comms, Castell Howell and Robert Price. A special thanks goes to Principality, Caerphilly Town Council and GE Aerospace for their generous monetary donations. A huge thank you to all who have supported the event and helped make Pride Caerffili a success.

Pride Caerffili will return in 2024 on Saturday 15th June, more information will be coming soon.