22,000 took part in Joburg Pride

The organiser of the Johannesburg Pride Festival is very happy with the turnout this year.

The organiser of the Johannesburg Pride Festival is very happy with the turnout this year.

JOHANNESBURG - A total of 22,000 people, many wearing colourful outfits, took to the streets on Saturday for the annual Johannesburg Pride Festival.

The march is in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender rights, among others.

Pride chair Tanya Harford said, "We are really thrilled with the turnout and the diversity of the LGBT community. We've got white, black, pink green, any colour of the rainbow."

Meanwhile, a number of illegal protesters tried to disrupt the parade.

A group of about 200 women picketed, saying gay pride is ignoring the plight of gay and lesbian people in townships.

They accused the festival of being "too white" and made it clear they were not happy with the very of the event.

The event is now 23-years-old.