From: Sunday, September 30 2007, 6:00 am
to: Saturday, October 6 2007, 9:30 am
First held in 1990, and both the original and largest South African Gay and Lesbian Pride celebration, Johannesburg Pride provides a week of activities (Pride Heritage Week) leading up to the final Saturday's Pride March.
The parade and party attract over 35,000 people - pretty good going considering that prior to Nelson Mandela's presidency, homosexuality was a crime. The country's immediate liberalisation of the sex laws reflected Mandela himself, who while in hiding employed a gay driver.
The Pride march and party on the final Saturday are preceded by a week-long extravaganza of cultural and club events, theatre and art exhibitions. The march starTs and ends at the fair site at Zoo Lake - the perfect forum for Pride revellers to party away into the small hours.
The Johannesburg Pride is significant not only because it increases gay visibility in a country emerging into tolerance but also because it brings the black and white communities closer together.