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March 06, 2012

Proudly Pink in Cape Town at Pride 2012

The Cape Town Pride Parade 2012 took place on Saturday, March 3 on a somewhat cloudy day in Green Point, but the threat of rain did not dampen the spirit of the thousands of supporters who came out to paint the city pink. Cape Town Tourism's Fuad Peters attended the event and shares his day with us. 

Gogos support Pride. Photo courtesy Edwill Meyer

This year's Cape Town Pride represented the city's diverse and accepting community, and truly reflected our rainbow nation.

The Beefackes' float. Photo courtesy Edwill Meyer

The Pride Parade was well attended with thousands of local and international participants unified in their cause, and the streets of Green Point were lined with cheering spectators enjoying the spirited festivities.

Party revellers following the Beefcakes' float enjoyed the pumping beats and entertainment provided by Odidiva and Mary Scary. 

The Inner Circle float. Photo courtesy Edwill Meyer

The Inner Circle float aimed to deliver the message of inclusivity within the LGBT community, without religion influencing sexuality. This echoed the words of this year’s Miss Cape Town Pride, Dayana Lima, that these type of events "Symbolise freedom of being and living happily within our sexuality".

Miss Lola Fine – representative of the Gay Flag SA and the "most photographed Pink icon in South Africa". Photo courtesy Edwill Meyer

Some dazzling costumes were also showcased, portraying the creativity that led to Cape Town being selected as World Design Capital 2014, and there was fierce competition for the unofficial title of best-dressed drag queen!

Party revellers in drag. Photo courtesy Edwill Meyer

The crowds then gathered for the party fair in the Pink Village, with an entertainment line-up that catered to everyone's needs. New on the pink community scene was Skinny Bitches, who had the crowds cheering and thoroughly enjoying themselves. 

3D entertained the crowd. Photo courtesy Edwill Meyer

The ever-popular 3D took the atmosphere to a higher level with their Beyonce performances, and drag performances by Beefcakes & Bubbles Bar performers, Samantha Mite, Miss Pop and Scary Mary entertained the crowds immensely.

The Skinny Bitches. Photo courtesy Edwill Meyer

The party continued until the early hours of the morning, with The Village clubs providing enough venues for revellers to choose from during their time at the Pride Parade. With a number of Pride events still lined up, it would be wise to check out the details for upcoming events on their website, www.capetownpride.org

Costumes were over the top. Photo courtesy Edwill Meyer

Rainblow pride was seen on the streets of Green Point. Photo courtesy Edwill Meyer

Miss Gay Western Cape. Photo courtesy Edwill Meyer

Performers Scary Mary and Miss Pop. Photo courtesy Edwill Meyer

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