There were also many different companies there to support the event; from ASDA and Tesco's to Ikea and many other organizations too. The streets of Cardiff were also brightly coloured as shops put colourful items in their window displays and on signs in support of the event. Photographers and many others gathered to document the event; as it had such a great turnout like the past years the festival had been held.
At around 12:30pm the parade ended at Cooper's Field and it was time for me to figure out where I had to go to get set up and ready to go on stage, as I was scheduled to perform at 2:00pm. I was also looking forward to hearing many of the other performances scheduled on both the main stage and the cabaret stage. Whilst passing the main stage I could hear a band called Curious Orange, they sounded great and just before my performance on the cabaret stage I watched performer Polly Amerous sing 'Don't Rain on My Parade' with such power and thoroughly enjoyed the performance.
Now it was my turn to perform; to say I wasn't nervous would be silly as this would be the largest audience I had ever performed in front of, however, I couldn't wait to get up on stage to share my music with everyone. I performed three songs: 'Riptide' by Vance Joy, 'Thinking Out Loud' by Ed Sheeran and 'Budapest' by George Ezra. Just me and my guitar up on stage, it was so exciting. The audience was amazing! Singing along to the songs I had prepared, the atmosphere was nothing like I had ever experienced performing before, it was really great fun.
Afterwards I met up with my friend, Alex Jones, who was giving a speech on the main stage later in the day; I was very excited and proud. He was the first to win and be awarded 'Young Persons Champion' last year at Pride, he still holds the title this year and has been an inspiration to those of the transgender community.
There were many stalls set up at the festival, from face painting, a dance tent and rides for people to enjoy too. Luckily the weather stayed hot all day, great weather for attending a festival. There was lots to keep people of all ages busy there, a great place for a family day out.
P.S. I would like to say a thank you to Emma Jenkins who has her own photography business called 'Curlybonce Photography' for letting me use photos taken throughout the day and for taking photos of me onstage. All photos associated with this article have been provided by her.