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PRIDE COMES TO SANDTON

Johannesburg Pride is an open invitation for all to come and take a stride for Pride on Saturday, October 26 in Sandton Central.

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Every year, thousands gather to march through the streets of Johannesburg in a stand for self-acceptance and legal rights, but also in celebration of self pride. The event is open to everyone who wants to attend, and is free of charge. Johannesburg Pride celebrate their 30th Anniversary in 2019 and have made their new home for this celebration Sandton Central.

“Since its inception in 1990, the Johannesburg Pride Parade and Festival remains an open invitation for all to come and take a stride for Pride. Each year, thousands of LGBTQ+ME community members and allies march through the streets of Johannesburg in a stand for self-acceptance and legal rights.”

– Johannesburg Pride Parade and Festival Organizer, Kaye Ally

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Johannesburg Pride weekend will kick off with a Pre-Pride party prior to the main event on Friday October 25 at Babylon the Joburg Bar in Illovo, Johannesburg.

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Rivonia Road between Fifth Street and Katherine Street / Sandton Drive will be closed. Rivonia Road (between Fifth Street and Sandton Drive) will be closed from Friday, October 25, from midnight, and will only re-open at 5am on Sunday, October 27.

The Pride Village will be set up on Rivonia Road, between Sandton Drive and West Street, Sandton. Secure parking will be available at Sandton City Shopping Centre. Gates will open at 11am and the parade will commence at 2:30pm.

Adding to this year’s festivities is a mix of local and international performers, with the likes of Atlanta, Shaolin Funk, Darker Than White, DJ Tinkz, Locnville and Sketchy Bongo all gracing the stage. Joining as this year’s Festival Grand Marshall is none other than the Queen of the North herself, Brooklyn Hytes, runner-up of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11. More performances by our queer artists King Olwee, Amstel, Justine, DJ Biskit, DJ Puggy, DJ Skye, Mrizzie and Deepah are set to contribute to the entertainment of the day, with Lebo G as the event MC.

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Roads will be partially closed as the parade passes along the route of Rivonia Road, Maude Street and Fifth Street in an anti-clockwise direction. The parade will be escorted by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department and over 500 volunteer marshals.

To round off the day’s events, Pride of Africa’s exclusive entertainment partner, Babylon the Joburg Bar will host the official Johannesburg Pride after party.

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Johannesburg Pride is the longest running pride event on the continent. It is also one of the biggest pride parades in South Africa, seeing thousands of visitors each year. Over the last three decades, Johannesburg Pride has advocated for inclusion of all African LGBTQ+ identities. This year’s Johannesburg Pride is all about celebrating The Pride of Africa, debuting a new flag, which is inspired by the flags of all 54 countries in Africa.

Add a splash of colour, feather up and show up! For more information on the event visit https://www.prideofafrica.org/events/johannesburg-pride

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