Mardi Gras Moves to Millennium Stadium

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Cardiff-Wales LGBT Mardi Gras is to move its celebration of LGBT Equality and Diversity to the world famous Millennium Stadium on August 31st.

Wales’ biggest celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities will be the final feature in the Millennium Stadium’s sizzling summer schedule of events, which includes British Speedway Grand Prix (1 June), Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour (10 June) and Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball World Tour (23 July).

The switch to the iconic venue will position the LGBT celebration as one of the biggest in the world and Scott Davies, Director Cardiff Mardi Gras believes that this new partnership can only help to continue promoting Equality and Diversity in Wales:

“Mardi Gras’ attendance over the last 13 years has grown to incredibly high numbers, proving that the Cardiff community, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, is more supportive of LGBT equality and diversity than ever before. Taking over one of the greatest and most iconic venues in the world seemed a fitting way to celebrate that and grow on it!

One of the other benefits of moving the event from Coopers Field to the Millennium Stadium is, to not only expand the event, but also to have the ability to close the roof off to adverse weather. A great party atmosphere for families will be guaranteed”.

The Millennium Stadium has hosted a range of music and entertainment events such as concerts from Madonna, Robbie Williams and the Rolling Stones. The venue is also renowned for multi-artist events including Tsunami Relief Cardiff 2005, the Ryder Cup ‘Welcome to Wales’ celebration concert and Michael Forever tribute concert which featured Ne-Yo, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera.

This year’s Cardiff-Wales LGBT Mardi Gras at Millennium Stadium will feature ten hours of music and entertainment as well as advice and support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. Highlights include:

  • Cabaret Garden with the very best in cabaret, drag and local acts;
  • Youth Zone specially for 11 – 25 year olds to discuss a range of issues with qualified youth workers;
  • Family Zone with entertainment for young children and their families;
  • Community and Market Zone giving visitors the opportunity to shop from local traders and obtain advice from organisations that support the LGBT community;
  • A funfair, and range of bars and catering facilities.

To show our passion for Equality and Diversity, 2013 will see the return of the inaugural Mardi Gras Parade through the city centre and into the gates of the Millennium Stadium. Organisers are encouraging festival-goers not only to have a great day out and celebrate diversity, but also to fill the streets of Cardiff with colour, floats and carnival for the occasion.

Further information can be found by visiting the website at www.cardiffmardigras.co.uk or by clicking on the Twitter page at @CWMardiGras