Johannesburg Pride, Africa’s first and longest-running LGBT Pride event, is set to take place on Saturday 28 October.
Despite questions about the appropriateness of Melrose Arch as a venue last year, the turnout and response from participants after the event was positive, and so Pride returns to this exclusive district.
Here are all the details you need to know about Johannesburg Pride 2017: The what, when, where and how!
When is Johannesburg Pride 2017?
Johannesburg Pride starts at 14:00 on Saturday 28 October at Melrose Blvd, Melrose Arch. You are urged to start arriving from 12:30.
The planning committee anticipate that around 7500 people will participate in this year’s Pride.
Organiser Kaye Kaye Ally is responsible for overseeing the overall event.
Where can I catch the parade?
The Johannesburg Pride parade kicks off at 14:30. It runs along Melrose Boulevard into Corlett Drive, proceeding to Athol Oakland’s, down to Melrose Blvd and back into the venue. Marshals will assist with the formation of the parade and will keep the participants in the lanes assigned (see route map below).
Activities at Melrose Arch
A range of entertainment, including a fashion show, performers and DJs, will be on offer after the parade.
Products, food and beverages, including soft drinks, smart drinks and light alcoholic drinks (malt and wine), will be sold in the Pride Village.
Community organisations and interest groups will have tables and stalls to advertise their activities and sell items such as T-shirts, literature and memorabilia. (see venue map below)
Revellers can expect performances from DJ KG, Karma and Biskit, Oluweethu, Skye, Darker than White, DJ Shakti and Tamara Dey. There will also be a fashion show organised by Nolene du Preez and various drag acts.
Delta Leo is host for the festival, while Tamara Dey is the Entertainment Ambassador.
How much are festival passes?
General entrance is free.
Access to the VIP Lounge costs R250 per person and includes free drinks, private lounge, private bar, own toilets and a Pride branded sun hat. Book your tickets here.