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Swansea Pride promising a city centre carnival atmosphere

Swansea's biggest-ever Swansea Pride is set to take centre-stage in the city centre on Saturday.

Swansea Pride is planning to bring a carnival atmosphere to Castle Square as a week of celebrations culminate in a day of colour, music and entertainment kicks off with a parade at 11am.

Sponsored by Swansea 50 - the city's 50th birthday celebrations - Swansea Pride will feature two live entertainment stages in Castle Square with events going on at the Glynn Vivian, National Waterfront Museum and the Grand Theatre as well.

Swansea Pride is colourful and eclectic opportunity to celebrate LGBT+ culture and heritage in the city and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, said: "Swansea is proud of its reputation as a welcoming, tolerant place and last year's Spring Pride event proved it when thousands came along to enjoy it.

"This year we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Swansea being named a city as well and we're optimistic Swansea Pride will prove even more popular this time around."

"No-one should face prejudice because of their sexual orientation. Events such as Swansea Pride give us the chance to come together to celebrate the diversity of our communities."

Swansea Pride is also being supported by Swansea BID, South Wales Evening Post and Wales Online, the National Waterfront Museum and Unison.

The Council will have a number of stalls at the event where people can talk to us about everything from recycling, ageing well, fostering and services for young people - as well as the Council's staff LGBT+ network.

Entertainment starts in Castle Square at Noon and Swansea Pride organiser and chair of Swansea LGBT Forum, Elliott King said: "Swansea Pride is a celebration of our diverse community and Saturday's events are the culmination of a week-long festival of art, music and entertainment.

"Apart from Swansea's 50th birthday as a city, this year also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, a major turning point for LGBT+ rights over there and over here as well UK."

Cllr King, who is also Cabinet Member for Children's Services at Swansea Council, said: "Our city's reputation for tolerance and respect for all our communities has had practical benefits over the years.

"Swansea was among the first places in the UK to see Civil Partnerships when they were introduced by the UK Government in 2015. Likewise when same sex marriages were made legal in 2014, we saw weddings take place in Swansea on the very first day.

"So far there have been 265 civil partnerships and 202 same sex marriages conducted in Swansea which just goes to show what a thriving LGBT+ community we have here."

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