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'Cape Town Pride a celebration of human rights’

Organisers say the event has grown exponentially over the years.

One of the floats taking part in Gay Pride with mermaids and men in sailor hats. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Organisers of Cape Town Pride say the event has grown exponentially over the years.

The parade kicked off a short while ago.

One of the many colourful floats taking part in the parade today. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

The event highlights human rights, in particular the rights of homosexuals.

Hundreds of people are taking part in today's event.

One of the organisers, Matthew van As says, "Cape Town Pride and pride events in general around the world have moved on. It's now more of a celebratory experience, celebrating the rights that we do have, especially here in South Africa where our constitution is so pro-gay."

Patrick Solomons says the parade puts the focus on matters facing marginalised groups in South Africa.

"We still have a big problem with homophobia in South Africa. Many young people, particularly young black gay people experience homophobia every day. 'Corrective' rape is a big problem."

Maxine Bezuidenhout agrees.

"It's important that we recognise that society is not accepting and that this is a start."

Watch: Various gender equality and human rights organisations are taking part in the parade.