Cape Town has been hosting Gay Pride events every year since 2004. Spanning ten days in late February/early March, Gay Pride Cape Town is the biggest in the country and the continent, and celebrates cultural diversity and creates awareness for LGBTQ issues in South Africa and beyond. While Cape Town Pride has only been an annual thing since 2004, the very first event took place as far back as 1993. Since then, Cape Town Pride has aimed to address issues pertinent to the local LGBTQ community, promote visibility, and celebrate how far LGBTQ rights in South Africa have come.
Along with the usual Pride Parade, Gay Pride Cape Town hosts a series of different events, ranging from drag shows, poetry readings, queer cinema, and the popular Mr and Miss Cape Town Pride Pageant. The event is entirely run by volunteers, and is welcome to people of all races, faiths, sexualities, and genders. It is a celebration of diversity, and is a shared experience that illuminates Cape Town each year, from Sugarloaf Mountain to De Waterkant and beyond. Whether you like the idea of dancing down the streets in rainbow for the Cape Town Pride Parade, or you'd rather get your pride fix at a Pool Party, there is something for everyone at Cape Town Gay Pride