Cape Town Pride

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Cape Town Pride 2014
Cape Town Pride 2014

Cape Town Pride is an annual gay pride event ending with a pride parade held in Cape Town, South Africa. It usually runs from around the end of February and is a week of festivals, parties and other events.[1]

The first South African pride parade was held in Johannesburg on 13 October 1990, the first such event on the African continent. The first pride parade in Cape Town was held in 1993, and it has been held as an annual event subject to interruptions thereafter.[2][3]:169

The parade resumed after a period in 2001 as part of a week-long Cape Town Pride event,[1][3]:172 from 10 to 17 December. The 2001 event was met with a protest organised by local pro-life organisations outside the Church of the Sacred Heart in Somerset Road where a Gay Pride "Dignity and Diversity" Interfaith Service was being held.[4]

Cape Town Pride was not held in 2003 when the event timing was moved to February.[1]

In 2006, the event adopted the theme "Uniting Cultures of Cape Town", in 2007 "The Carnival of Love", in 2009 "Pink Ubuntu – Uniting Cultures of Cape Town",[5] and in 2011 "Love Our Diversity".[6]

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  1. ^ a b c "The Cape Town Pride Festival". Western Cape Events. Cape Travel Information. 14 February 2011. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  2. ^ de Waal, Shaun; Manion, Anthony, eds. (2006). Pride: Protest and Celebration. Jacana Media. pp. 6,37,64. ISBN 9781770092617. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Tucker, Andrew (2011). Queer Visibilities: Space, Identity and Interaction in Cape Town. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781444399776. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Making a stand for Truth – Catholic Action Life League". The Roman Catholic Faithful. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Photo Galleries". Gap Leisure. Archived from the original on 13 May 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Matsebula, Peter (19 January 2011). "Love Our Diversity at this Year's Cape Town Pride". Behind the Mask. Archived from the original on 20 July 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 

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