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March 06, 2009

Gay Pride gorgeous – A Cape Town Tourism Flickr photo essay

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This year’s Gay Pride Parade, which took place on February 28, marked eight years since Cape Town’s gay community first donned their best drag outfits and strutted their stuff on the streets of central Cape Town. Jo Legutko aka Parfait Barners captured this proud profusion of pink.

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We set out early, wanting to catch the parade at the very start. We had no idea what to expect – we walked along the procession route backwards to the start, and were surprised that no roads had been closed off yet. The conversation started to turn to “Are you sure it’s the right date?” when we saw the first police motorcycle, then some flashing lights, and suddenly we were in a whirl of pink, glitter and and bare skin.

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We have done many processions, including the UCT floats and the Cape Minstrels, but we all agreed that the Gay Pride Parade had the most contagious, electric energy, a fantastic spirit that meant that rather than stand on the sidelines we were instantly drawn into the throng.

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The crowd was inclusive, friendly, excited and very sexy. They made great models and would gladly pose. A favourite moment of mine – a real Cape Town memory – was when the flower sellers on Adderley Street spontaneously joined in, showering scantily clad participants with flower petals and giving away flowers to gorgeous drag queens.

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We got great pictures and experienced the vibe of what Cape Town is all about. I’ll be back next year and will make sure to wear pink!

Image © Jo Legutko aka Parfait Barners 2009

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