Thousands join Durban Pride
DURBAN – The CBD saw thousands gathered to celebrate Durban Pride 2017 on Saturday, June 24 at 12 pm.
While a smaller crowd joined the march from Gugu Dlamnini Park to Durban City Hall to celebrate Durban Pride, the over turnout for the day was in the thousands.
“This year we saw slightly fewer people take to the streets of the CBD, but still that number exceeded expectations, with around 800 walking in an extraordinary show of self and community expression while throughout the day we saw around 2000-2500 pass through, hang out and celebrate,” said Chief Marshal of the Pride march, Jason Fiddler.
The coulorful crowd began gathering at Gugu Dlamini park where speeches were made before the march commenced at around 12 pm. Armed with rainbow flags and signs, the marchers walked to Durban City Hall and back to Gugu Dlamini Park by around 2 pm.
The event was managed by Pride Director Nonhlanhla Mkhize and her team of volunteers. “An LGBTIQ Pride is a meld of ideas, passions and principals topped with celebration and open expression, made possible through sheer volunteerism and sacrifice,” said Fiddler.
The slogan for this year’s pride was ‘hands off my body, hands off my rights.’ “It’s such an important safe space for LGBTIQ people, especially these days with such high gender-based violence occurring,” said Fiddler.
The event was a success thanks to then funding and efforts of the organizers and those that attended.