I attended my first ever Cape Town Gay Pride march in March last year. I… LOVED it! It was everything that I thought it would be, and more. Like my Christmas gifts as a child, but more colourful and way more fun. There was a spirit of togetherness and community in a community which is often plagued with in-fighting and various other issues. Then there was this year.
I had heard that the committee started out as a non-committee, with a budget of negative R27, 000. And the route was apparently changed at the very last minute (as in the day before) by the Greenpoint Traffic Department. Fitting that this department was the starting point of the march. Many people were not happy with last years route. It started at the Greenpoint Stadium and snaked its way through Sea Point and promptly back to its start. It felt as if we were being contained to the gay-friendly areas. Little did we know…
This year was an even bigger shock. The rumours about Pride 2012 being cancelled were rife, so I was just happy that it was taking place. My first surprise was when it started earlier than the 12pm expected time. This shouldn’t be a bad thing; however, I was not even at the starting point when I saw the floats leaving. Then it was over. Well, there was a bit of walking, but before I blinked my eyes, it was done. I was even more disappointed than last year. We did not even breach Sea Point. I felt like a dog being taken for a walk on a track.
The after party was also a caged affair. Literally. We were contained to the “village” at De Waterkant, Greenpoint. A stones throw away from the march. The fence around this “street party” was the ironic icing on my cake. Don’t get me wrong, it was hella fun and I had as much a blast as I could. However, I can’t help feel like this event has become a frills and whistles affair. Why not march past Parliament and make a noise? We should be stomping through Long Street and making the most of this day. How about jumping around Adderley and showing them that we are still here? Or maybe next year we just get a bigger cage.
<p>Author <a href=”https://plus.google.com/102128103971030481396” target=”blank” rel=”author”>Jerome Cornelius</a></p>