After just a few short weeks since the idea to resurrect Barry Pride from its introduction in 2019, the 1st of October saw the return of a great community pride – this time at Barry Island.
After a damp start to the morning, the sun shone and everyone who attended or participated were clearly determined to have a good time in true pride fashion.
The day’s celebrations began with a parade across the harbour road from the Ship Hotel to the promenade at Whitmore Bay. It was a true celebration of everything LGBTQ+ with flags flying, singing, chanting, whistles and smiling faces. Everyone there to celebrate our diverse and inclusive society.
The event coincided with the first day that dogs were allowed back onto the beach at Whitmore Bay so it was fantastic to see so many dog-walkers come to join the pride celebrations too.
There was plenty to keep the crowds entertained on the stage which was hosted by Bro Radio with drag queens and kings galore including Camille Towe and Fanny DeFlapp, performing in their hometown. Other local favourites included the Billboard Ensemble, South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus, the Goodges, Holly Wilson and DJ Crypto.
Safely housed under the eastern shelter on the promenade were stall holders galore. A great Safely housed under the eastern shelter on the promenade were stall holders galore. A great idea to house them there to counter any October showers (which didn’t arrive anyway!).
With everything contained in quite a limited area on one side of the promenade, much like High Street in 2019, it facilitated the wonderful community spirit that seems to be the making of smaller community pride events. People were chatting, making friends, getting information from stall holders or buying cakes from a great ensemble of cake stalls. Personally, I preferred the Juniper Bay bar hosted by the wonderful Craft Republic.
Huge congratulations are deserved by the organising committee and to everyone who turned up to celebrate, enjoy and make the most of probably the last outdoor pride event of 2022.
It’s never been more important to stand up and show support for the LGBTQ+ community and the importance of an inclusive and diverse community. LGBTQymru were delighted to be here and to see spirit demonstrated in spades at Barry Island. Excuse the pun but I couldn’t resist!
Bravo to Barry Pride 2022 and we’re already looking forward to the 2023 event.
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