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What you need to know about the 2020 Cape Town Pride Parade and Mardi Gras

Here’s what you need to know about the Cape Town Pride Parade and Mardi Gras that will take place this Saturday.

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The Cape Town Pride Parade will hit the streets of Green Point this 29 February 2020 in celebration of the LGBT+ community, and to highlight the struggles and challenges they continue to face.

IOL reports that the event is the culmination of the week-long Cape Town Pride Festival.

Cape Town Pride Festival

It is said that OUTReach Africa and Cape Town Pride will host the event and many more in Cape Town and its surroundings during the week.

“Cape Town Pride provides a platform provides for every part of Cape Town’s LGBT+ community to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing. Our annual parade through the heart of the CBD gives us a chance to be visible and speak loudly to the rest of the city about what we have achieved, how far we have come and what is still needed,” states the official booking website for the event.

It is said that organisers of Cape Town Pride are run entirely by volunteers.

“We came together as Cape Town Pride in 2014 to find a way to deliver a pride that Cape Town deserves. Now we are going to celebrate in style and it’s going to be bigger and better than before!”

Not just a tourism boost

Apart from the parade providing a tourism boost to the local economy, Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith means that it is also an important platform to raise awareness.

“We are grateful to events such as Cape Town Pride for providing a space for individuals to express themselves, raise awareness and celebrate who they are. As an inclusive City, we want to reaffirm our support for the LGBT+ community through partnering with organisations such as Cape Town Pride who have committed themselves to doing good in our society and continuing the fight for equality.” 

What to expect

  • Saturday’s parade will start at midday in Chiappinni Street in De Waterkant and move towards Reddam Field at the Green Point Urban Park.
  • A moment of silence will also be observed to honour fallen members of the LGBT+ community.
  • At the Urban Park, the crowd will be entertained by some top local and international artists and bands (see full line-up below).
  • Motorists are advised of rolling road closures along Somerset Road and Green Point Main Road from 11:00 to 13:00.

Ticket details and line-up

Tickets are available online at Quicket for R50 per person.

Catch the following artists on stage:

  • Latheem Gabriel
  • Miloh Ramai
  • 3D
  • Manila von Teez
  • 3 Tons of Fun
  • Groovy Q
  • Spinsista Mitzi
  • Zoe Zana
  • Craig Lucas