Gay and lesbian Capetonians and their friends and family are preparing to take part in this Saturday’s annual Pride Parade through the city centre.

Cape Town Pride announced on Wednesday that it has moved the starting point of the parade due to renovations being undertaken at the Green Point Traffic Office.

The parade will now start from Prestwich Street in Green Point from 12pm but floats are requested to be at lower Napier Street by 11am. Organisers said that they will have at least 15 floats taking part in this year’s parade in addition to a number of marching groups and individual participants.

For the first time in the event’s history, members of the transgender community will have their own float in the parade.

“If you don’t want to be recognised but have fun and make a stand, we will supply masks. Or if you are not transgender but want to support please join us, we don’t have a secret password requirement or anything difficult. You can even keep your gender intact,” said Robert Hamblin from Gender Dynamix.

After the parade, participants can move to the Prestwich Primary School in Green Point for the Post-Parade Fair (entry fee R20).

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