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Thousands celebrate the 30th Johannesburg Pride parade

October 26, 2019 GMT
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A man holds up a banner during Gay Pride in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday Oct. 26, 2019. Thousands of people took part in this 30th edition of Gay Pride. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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A man holds up a banner during Gay Pride in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday Oct. 26, 2019. Thousands of people took part in this 30th edition of Gay Pride. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of revelers packed the streets on Saturday to celebrate the 30th annual Johannesburg Pride parade in South Africa’s economic capital.

They marched through the Sandton business district, dancing and singing. “We exist,” one sign said. “It’s not a phase,” a T-shirt read.

South Africa was the first African country, and the fifth in the world, to legalize same-sex marriage and allow adoption by same-sex couples. The country’s constitution specifically protects the rights of LGBT people.