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The colourful street celebration was followed by an afternoon party in the park led by an impressive line-up of local DJs.

Colourful Joburg Pride at Mushroom ParkHundreds of people from Johannesburg's gay, lesbian and transgender community gathered at Mushroom Park in Sandton for the annual Joburg Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, 25 October.

This was the first time that that the event, now in its 25th year, has been based at Mushroom Park. The picturesque venue forms part of the Sandton Urban hub and is within easy walking distance of the Sandton Gautrain Station.

The Pride Parade left the park at 11am for a colourful celebratory journey through Sandton's streets before returning to the park for an afternoon party led by an impressive line-up of local DJs, along with a wide range of food stalls, a beer garden, and general stalls.

The event was organised by non-profit organistation Johannesburg LGBTIAQ Community Pride (the abbreviation stands for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex, asexual and queer").

Simone Heradien, the human rights and communications director of the Johannesburg Pride committee, told The Star that any surplus generated by the event had to be reinvested in Pride or distributed as grants to LGBTIAQ communities in the City.

"We're confident we can grow the human rights component once we have a better funding and sponsor base," Haredien said. "We'd like to do projects throughout the year."