The post-parade Cape Town Pride Mardi Gras was a colourful climax to the annual Cape Town Pride Festival with a spirited celebration of the rainbow community. Hundreds gathered at the Green Point A Track for an afternoon of music, live entertainment, food and socialising. “Pride 2023 exceeded our expectations,” Wentzel April, the new Cape Town Pride Festival Director, told MambaOnline. “The artists were varied, the stall holders not only consisted of food and trinkets but also LGBTQIA+ NGO spaces who work with and fight for the rights of our community.” One of the highlights of the day was the shattering of the World Record for the most drag queens and kings performing on the same stage at the same time.
Toronto Pride held the previous record when in July 2016 it managed to get 73 drag queens and kings lined up for a record-breaking performance.
Cape Town Pride, however, succeeded in bringing over 90 performers onto the stage. “I stood there in such awe,” said April. “It was a magnificent moment to witness our colourful community being united with one goal in mind.
I was over the moon. I’m still overwhelmed.” April addressed complaints from the community that some were unable to get into the venue and enjoy the festivities after tickets were sold out online.