Organisers hailed the Cardiff Carnival such a huge success they’re looking to expand the event to an entire weekend of festivities next year.
The carnival, which saw 500 performers and paraders take to the city centre streets on Saturday, felt like a “day in Rio or Trinidad” according to artistic director Steve Fletcher.
Dancers, drummers, bands and colourful costumes paraded through Cardiff between 10am and 4pm, with a final parade leaving City Hall at 4pm and climaxing in High Street at 5.15pm.
Spectators were in for a few surprises as a 50-strong zumba flash mob jumped from the crowds and performed four numbers in Queen Street.
“The stewards had a hand in, and really enjoyed themselves,” Steve said. “Once people saw that they started realising it was an act, but you can imagine 50 people leaping out of the crowd was quite a sight.”
Steve hopes next year’s carnival, which performers have already started registering their interest for, will take place over whole weekend.
“The entire parade stopped in St Mary Street and performed for half an hour and it didn’t feel Welsh or European – you could have been in downtown Rio or Trinidad, that’s what it felt like,” he said.
“That level of people cheering, colour and crowds was incredible. There were groups from elsewhere but the majority were from Cardiff, and the whole thing cast us in a good light, as a vibrant city.
“We’ve had nothing but positive feedback and Facebook is going mad with photographs.”
Steve said a feature which makes Cardiff’s carnival so unique was that there was no barrier between the performers and the crowds, allowing everybody to join in the dancing and music.
“It’s up close and personal, which makes it quite special and intimate on a large scale,” he said.
See our picture gallery from the day above, or Jason Dale’s lovely photos below.