Cardiff Mardi Gras festival launched by parade
31 August 2013 Last updated at 12:59 BST
Thousands of people have joined a parade in Cardiff city centre as part of the annual Mardi Gras celebrations.
For the first time the Millennium Stadium will host the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event.
Gavin Jones, one of those taking part, says Mardi Gras is still relevant and important to challenge prejudice and promote equality.