The inaugural Barry Pride took place on Saturday (21st September) and has been called an 'amazing day' by the community and local businesses who took part.
Thousands attended the event which was sponsored by local business Spectrum Collections and received support from the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Over 500 people marched in the parade led by organisers and volunteers, Mayor Margaret Wilkinson, Jane Hutt AM and Stephen Doughty MP, among others as crowds gathered to cheer the parade on.
The main event took place on Barry High Street and stalls on the day included Stonewall, Pride Cymru and other food, drink and community traders.
There was plenty to keep the crowds entertained on the stage run by Bro Radio, with music from local acts, a make-up tutorial from Instagram influencer Ant Gorgeous and performers - including Tina Sparkles - who ended the day on a high.
A visitor who attended with her family said: 'An absolutely incredible day, huge thanks to everyone involved for all their hard work, getting to share my boy's first Pride with him will be a memory I shall treasure'
Celebrations started earlier in the week with Wednesday’s opening night which saw a live Q&A hosted by Beth Fisher, ITV Wales Sports Reporter and speakers including Lisa Power, one of the founders of Stonewall in the UK.
Shops across Barry showed their support by taking part in a window display competition and children from local schools were invited to decorate a poster for the day, with the winner decided by Jane Hutt AM.
Barry Pride organiser Hannah Isted said: ‘We are so proud to host the first Barry Pride this year and the support from the community and High Street traders has been incredible. The atmosphere on the day was fantastic, it goes to show what happens when our community in Barry comes together.’
Plans for next year have already begun.
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