Pride is the time of year where many different kinds of love and sexualities are proudly celebrated, and loudly so. All too often, Cape Town’s queer community is too fearful to come to the forefront, and the Cape Town Pride Festival is the perfect week be to out and proud.

Cape Town Pride is an annual gay pride event ending with a pride parade held in Cape Town. It usually runs from around the end of February and is a week of festivals, parties and other events.

The first South African pride parade was held in Johannesburg on  October 13, 1990, the first such event in Africa. The first pride parade in Cape Town was also held in 1993, and it has been held as an annual event ever since.

Cape Town Pride was not held in 2003 when the event timing was moved to February.

The day of the pride march is filled with colour and smiling faces. Expect lots of fun with floats and music as the procession moves from Chiapinni Street in De Waterkant to Reddam Field at the Green Point Urban Park for the famed mardi gras. Here you can expect to see a variety of drag performers wow audiences, and dance to the music by DJs and live performers alike. 

There are a number of events leading up to the famed Pride March as a warm-up to the festivities of the pride march itself. Some of these will include:

February 18

Cape Town Pride Karaoke at Crew Bar Cape Town

Chantal Jax “Oh My GAD” One Woman Show at the Baxter Theatre

February 20

Cape Town Pride Art Night at Nel Gallery

Cape Town Pride Talent Show at Zer021 Social Club

February 21

Sassy Soul Sisters – Pride Edition at Crew Bar Cape Town

February 22

COZY Pool Party – Pride Edition at Radisson RED V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

CPT PRE PRIDE PARTY at LE GUD LIFE Entertainment e-Mfuleni

Category Is: Snatch Game Quiz Night at Lou Lou’s Bar

February 23

Sunday Drag Brunch: Pride Edition at Food Jams

February 24

Book Case 2 at Zer021 Social Club

February 25

The Relaunch Of Gina at Mother City Comedy Festival at Baxter Theatre

Rocky Horror Picture Show Interactive at Lou Lou’s Bar

February 26

Pride Poetry Night at The Social Bar

February 27

Pride DIVA’s Extravaganza at Zer021 Social Club

February 28

Pride Shabbat at Temple Israel Green Point

Quiz at Crust at CRUST CAFE

February 29

Cape Town Pride at Chiappinni Street

Cape Town Pride Mardi Gras at Reddam Field, Green Point Urban Park

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Article written by

Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.