There was a huge turn-out for a freedom march to celebrate the anniversary of Indian Independence in Cardiff on Thursday 15th August. Hundreds of people joined the parade which ]started at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi near the Wales Millennium Centre and finished at Cardiff Castle with a flag raising ceremony.
The event had been organised by Indian Honorary Consul RaJ Aggarwal and was attended by Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, Minister for Culture Lord Dafydd Elis, Royal Marines Brigadier Jock Fraser and Miss Universe UK Emma Jenkins and Miss Wales Gabrielle Jukes.
The procession started at the statue at 10.10am and arrived at Cardiff Castle at 10.30am where there were performances of traditional Indian dance and and music performances in the grounds of Cardiff castle followed by a flag raising ceremony.
The event was to celebrate the anniversary of Indian Independence and was open to all members of the public to attend for free.
In his speech Indian diplomat Raj Aggarwal said, "Thank you all for sparing your valuable time in joining us to celebrate the success of Indian Democracy. The Indian Diaspora are happily settled in Wales. They are highly successful, hard working and integrate well with the local community and are committed to success and prosperity of Wales."
photo credit: Richard Bosworth