Hundreds of people arrived in Machynlleth over the weekend to celebrate the town’s first ever LGBTQ+ pride event.

The Mid Wales town played host to a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in the area in the form of a Pride Picnic event in front of Y Plas, which saw more than 300 people on the community hall lawn.

The event took place on Saturday, May 18, and saw workshops, live performances and community stalls for attendees to be entertained by.

Throughout the day, attendees enjoyed performances by local musicians, drag artists, as well as workshops and informational sessions aimed at raising awareness about LGBTQ+ issues, as well as family friendly activities as organisers hoped to make the afternoon accessible and inclusive for people of all ages.



One of the event’s organisers’ Sara Archer, said: "It is heart-warming to see such a turnout for our first Pride event. Machynlleth Pride is about celebrating love, diversity, and the spirit of acceptance. We are thrilled by the overwhelming support from our local community and beyond.

“We hope that Machynlleth Pride will become an annual tradition, growing each year and continuing to bring our community together.

County Times: A stall at Machynlleth's first ever Pride event.

“This is just the beginning, and we look forward to many more years of celebrating Pride in Machynlleth."

The event saw support from Machynlleth businesses as well, with many donning Pride flags, bunting and decorating their windows in celebration of the event.

Local sponsors of the Pride Picnic included the Wynnstay Hotel, Machynlleth Town Council, Y Plas, Hilltop Tents, Gwen, Glamping Luxury Domes, Tal y Lyn, Magic Lantern, Hermit Crab, The Deco Shop, Dyfi Biomass and Mid Wales Storage.

County Times: Crowds at Machynlleth's first LGBT Pride event.

Machynlleth Mayor Jeremy Paige said: “The Town Council is proud to host Mach Pride and it is a testament to our collective dedication towards improving inclusivity.

“Pride has a long history and is an important occasion to celebrate diversity and to stand together against discrimination. Everyone is welcome to join in this historic celebration and we wish the event every success.”

Councillor Kim Bryan added. "The weekend marked a fantastic opportunity to stand together in celebration. Machynlleth Pride is a testament to our town’s spirit of respect, unity, and love."