Celebrate this weekend at the Cape Town Pride parade

Posted on 3 March 2023 By Jordyn Johnson

The annual Cape Town Pride weekend starts tomorrow, the 4 and 5 March. This event gives the LGBT+ community ‘the chance to be visible and speak to the rest of the city’ about what they have already achieved, how far they have come, and what still needs to be done.

28 years ago South Africa decriminalised homosexuality, and 16 years ago marks our country legalised same-sex marriages. Although we have seen steps being made to create equality for all there are groups that still experience discrimination and prejudices, such as the LGBT+ community.

Cape Town Pride is run entirely by volunteers and has provided a platform for the LGBT+ community to ‘campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing.’ The platform helps the diverse LGBT+ community to remain visible and represented.

This year’s event will showcase the diversity that this community encapsulates.

Cape Town Pride Line-up of Events:

Saturday, 4 March:

  • Cape Town Pride Annual Parade March | 11:00
    The parade will begin at Prestwich Street Primary School in Alfred Street and will proceed to Rainbow crossing for the official ribbon cutting to start the parade. It will then end at the Green Point Track car park.
  • Cape Town Pride Mardi Gras | 00:00
    The Pride Stage at the Green Point Track will host an amazing lineup of talented artists including Dope St Jude, Jarrad Ricketts, and Manila Von Teez among others. There will also be stalls where you can buy food, drinks, and an assortment of LGBT+ goodies.
    Tickets start from R50 and you can book them here.

Sunday, 5 March

  • Pride Service | 18:00
    The Pride Interfaith Service, ‘I am at the door,’ will be held at Rondebosch United Church on Belmont Road.
    Find out more on their website.
  • Pride Movie Night – Dance Me to the End of Time | 18:00 
    You can also join Cape Town Pride at a screening of the movie ‘Dance Me to the End of Time’ at the Labia Theatre in the Gardens.
    Tickets are R70 and you can book them here.

Pictures: GettyImages


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