Cardiff prepares for Saturday Pride

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Wales’ capital will celebrate Pride this weekend, replacing the annual Cardiff Mardi Gras, which was cancelled due to lack of community and financial support.

There will be a women’s stage, supported by lesbian magazine Diva, hosting a variety of entertainment aimed at women, while men will have their own zone.

Another change for the event, at Coopers Field on September 6th, is the entrance fee, though all proceeds will be donated to local gay causes and Welsh charities.

According to the Pride website, VIP tickets at £16.50 are sold out. Normal entry tickets are still on sale for £5.50.

It is estimated that it will cost in excess of £120,000 to produce Cardiff Pride 2008.

The 2009 voluntary Mardi Gras committee, and Safer Wales, have said Cardiff Pride will be successful event.

“We know the Pride team have been working hard to ensure the people of Wales and the UK still get an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual community,” said Mark Williams from Safer Wales.

“With our new team, we know next year will be our best,” said Rebekah Graham, Chair of Mardi Gras 2009 committee.

“We’re hoping that the people of Wales will work with us to shape the future of the event and help raise the £100,000 needed to cover the cost, keep Mardi Gras free and enable donations to be made to other charities.”

At Cardiff Pride on Saturday there will be a dance tent sponsored by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, in conjunction with Cardiff gay venues Club X and Kings Cross, and dance night specialists Decadance. A host of top named DJ’s will also feature.

Spectators can also look forward to a larger than ever cabaret marquee, hosting a variety of comedy, singers and drag artists.

There will also be food outlets, a funfair, village market, community stalls and a VIP area.

After dark, the action moves to the street party and fun at the local gay bars and clubs.

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