Johannesburg Pride 2023: Here are all the details!

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Johannesburg Pride is holding its 34th annual edition (Photo: Ziyanda Yono)

Johannesburg Pride, Africa’s first and biggest Pride event, is happening on Saturday 28 October at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium, with a live feed from the Rugby World Cup final.

Now in its 34th edition, this annual celebration of diversity, love, and unity promises to be a day of solidarity and pride for all. As always, there is no entry fee.

The gates open at 10:00 with the march kicking off at 14:00 from the iconic Wanderers Cricket Stadium. Participants will follow a route through Rosebank, spreading a message of acceptance and inclusivity. The march is expected to return to the Wanderers Cricket Stadium by 15:30.

An exciting entertainment line-up

After the march, the festivities will continue with an exciting after party hosted at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium starting at 15:30.

This will feature the likes of Kamo Mphela, the J√§germeister Brass Cartel, MS Party, The Billionaires and many more community DJs. It’s the perfect opportunity to socialise, make new friends, and embrace the spirit of Pride.

The entertainment will extend until 21:00. The event will then cross live to France for a Rugby World Cup Final live stream in support of the South African national team, offering an exciting fusion of Pride and sports.

A safe and inclusive event

“The 34th Johannesburg Pride March is more than just an event; it’s a symbol of unity, equality, and love. All are invited to join in; no entrance fee, no barrier to entry in showing their support for LGBTQ+ rights and celebrating the rich tapestry of South Africa’s diverse communities,” says Johannesburg Pride chairperson Kaye Ally.

“Johannesburg Pride is committed to ensuring a safe, inclusive, and unforgettable experience for all attendees. We encourage you to come, be yourself, and stand proud for what you believe in. This year’s Pride of Africa celebrations are a testament to the power of unity and the unbreakable spirit of the LGBTQ+ community,” Ally emphasises.

Parking for Johannesburg Pride 2023

Parking is available at surrounding malls and the Wanderers Club is also operating parking at the upper and lower rugby fields. If you wish to park at the Wanderers Club rugby fields, you’ll need to purchase your parking ticket ahead of time here on Quicket. Please note that NO parking tickets will be sold at the gate.

The organisers have pointed out that Johannesburg Pride does not benefit in any way from the parking fees.

Please be aware that access to the stadium will be restricted from 20:00. For those within the stadium, you’re welcome to stay until the end of the rugby game, but there will be no pass-outs during this time.

Pride has thanked the generosity of its sponsors; Coca-Cola, Mercedes Benz, Webber Wentzel, Baker Mackenzie, Massmart, Google, Amazon, Standard Charter Bank, Bayers, Visa, Marsh, The Embassy of Brazil and Media partner E-Tv.

For further information and updates, visit www.prideofafrica.org.

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