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March 07, 2011

My first Cape Town Pride experience

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Photo by Deon Gurling

Although I’ve been following the event through the media for a few years, this year’s Pride was my first first-hand experience – and the 17 events during 10 days of Cape Town Pride were exhilarating.

Highlights included the RED Party, a great success, and Mr and Ms Gay Cape Town Pride, who were crowned at the Pride Pageant to great applause from the crowd.

Given that Cape Town’s beaches are among the best in the world, it was only fitting that they were included on the events calendar. RED Party Manager Fadwa Walker said, “The beach picnic was serene, a beautiful setting with beautiful people. After the sun went down, candles were lit, and we were entertained by a fire dancer and saxophonist. There was a great vibe and a friendly atmosphere.”

This atmosphere also characterised the parade. Attendees remarked on how wonderful people were; Marshaline Mortlock, one of these attendees, said, “I came all the way from Arniston to attend the Cape Town Pride Parade and was so looking forward to it. I ended up as a Pride marshal, which was funny and very cool. I enjoyed the march and entertainment back at [Cape Town Stadium] and I loved Edwill Meyer’s performance. I hope that I will be there next year.”

Edwill Meyer in turn said, “I’ve attended the event over the last couple of years and watched from the sidelines how it’s been growing, including the support from people outside of Cape Town. This year I think was the best ever, because I was part of the volunteer committee and was also very excited to render my entertaining side as well with the opening performance. All the other entertainers were amazing as well.

“I am already looking forward to next year and hopefully be on the entertainment lineup again! I also especially enjoyed it as I could attend this year with my fiancé – it was his first time.”

I thought the theme “Love Our Diversity” was so fitting and it was great for so many people to be able to express their pride and diversity, letting society know that it is ok to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

See more photos of Cape Town Pride 2011.

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