Pa­rade brings colour to town

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 [email protected]­line.co.uk 07790 591150

LLANELLI held its first Pride event at the week­end, which was a mas­sive suc­cess.

Or­gan­is­ers said they were over­whelmed with the sup­port and have al­ready started plans for next sum­mer’s event.

The day in­cluded live bands, stage acts, drag queens, arts and crafts stalls, food and drinks and even holistic and psy­chic ther­a­pies.

The event came out of the ashes of Llanelli’s pre­vi­ous LGBT day or­gan­ised by CETMA.

Or­gan­is­ers Paul Fran­cis and Tracy Ked­die said they had recog­nised the need for a big­ger event ded­i­cated to cel­e­brate Llanelli’s LGBTQ+ com­mu­nity and di­ver­sity in the town.

Tracy said: “I have never seen an event with such a sense of com­mu­nity in Llanelli. That was the one thing that peo­ple kept re­it­er­at­ing through­out the day.”

She added: “I want to thank all the per­form­ers and en­ter­tain­ers who worked the event for free, and also all the vol­un­teers, with­out them we wouldn’t have been able to do it.”

Tracy said the ball was now rolling for next year’s Llanelli Pride event, adding: “We have the date set for July 18 next sum­mer and we have huge in­ter­est al­ready from peo­ple who want to get in­volved.”

“A huge thank you to ev­ery­one who came and sup­ported it this year and we will see you all again next year.”

Pic­tures: Jo Ash­burner/MrFlag.com

Llanelli’s very first Pride fes­ti­val was held on Satur­day, Au­gust 2.

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