March 07, 2011
Cape Town Pride 2011 attracts thousands
Photos by Deon Gurling
Thousands of people attended Cape Town Pride events around the Mother City this weekend, with the parade to Cape Town Stadium through Green Point and Sea Point attracting the most attention. The festival, which is held to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, drew visitors from around the world.
Bright colours and bouncy music were prominent throughout the parade, with buses and vans transporting participants as they danced, smiled, waved and squirted water pistols at curious pedestrians.
There was a wide variety of fashion on display, and with temperatures above 30°C, it was generally a case of “less is more”. The new South African gay flag was a popular fashion accessory, with many shirtless crusaders opting to don it as a cape.
Eva Klein, a visitor from Germany, said she was very glad to see that so many people had taken the opportunity to celebrate their diversity. “Everyone here is very friendly and smiley. They are having fun and are showing that they are proud of who they are.”
Cape Town is one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities. Not only does it host massive events like Cape Town Pride and Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) but it also has a variety of venues that cater specifically for the gay population. On the entertainment front, Bronx in Green Point is just one example.
The gay portion of the population also plays a large role in the local economy and is often referred to as the DINK (double income, no kids) market. Numerous opportunities exist for those wishing to establish businesses that provide products and services for this market. For more information about investing in Cape Town, visit the Wesgro website.
Below are some more photos from Cape Town Pride Parade 2011, as well as a YouTube video of a Pride party held at Mzoli’s in Gugulethu.
You can also view our photo essay of the event.