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The Knysna Pink Loerie
Celebrate gay pride in the Garden Route’s queen city
Haul out the fabulous costumes, the feathers and all the pride you can muster! The fantastic and fun Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival is back for its annual glittery takeover of Knysna from Wednesday, 29 April to Sunday, 3 May 2015.
Set in one of South Africa’s most stunningly scenic towns, the spectacularly colourful affair – this year’s theme is ‘Carnival’ – basically shuts down the tranquil Garden Route dorpie with five days of shows, entertainment, pageants and heaps of over-the-topfestivities. Unquestionably a global highlight for the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual) community, the fair also appeals to anyone else who wants to celebrate diversity and acceptance.
As a big plus, this year, the perfectly pink event coincides with the flamboyantly fabulous Mr Gay World competition and grand finale, which takes place on Saturday, 2 May 2015 at the Knysna Mall Exhibition Area. For those not in the know, this will be the second time that South Africa hosts this popular global contest, which looks to select an ambassador to represent the international gay community.
Even Knysna locals find the Pink Loerie festivities lekker –shop owners from the area get in on the action by competing to win the title of Best Window Display and businesses offer awesome accommodation deals for the soon-to-be overcrowded seaside town.
The barrage of drag shows, beauty pageants, art exhibitions and all-night jols culminates in a street parade on Saturday, 2 May 2015 that features fabulous floats and street performances followed by one mother of an after-party at Zanzibar Night Club. In short, prepare for a glittery good time.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 2015 KNYSNA PINK LOERIE FESTIVAL
Visit Pinkloerie.co.za for full programme details (and accommodation specials), but if you’re chomping at the bit waiting to see what this year’s fiesta has to offer, here’s a little taste of what to expect.
MR GAY WORLD 2015 CONTEST FINALE: This time around, partygoers can look forward to watching the grand finale of the Mr Gay World contest on Saturday, 2 May 2015 in the sleepy little town’s main mall. The competition aims to pick leaders from the LGBTQIA community to raise awareness about issues like discrimination and to be a global ambassador for this group. Be sure to book your tickets Quicket.co.za to see the handsome fellas do their thing for a greater cause (prices range from R230 to R330).
PAGEANT QUEENS AND KINGS: A highlight of the festival is when candidates strut their stuff for audiences at the following pageants: Mr Mardi Gras, Miss Pants & Miss Pumps, Miss Mardi Gras and Me Mardi Gras. Look out for the respective entrants, who’ll be trying to impress and entrance viewers (and judges) throughout the festival.
STREET PARADE: An unforgettable aspect of the glittery shindig is the Saturday street parade, which sees fantastic floats and over-the-top costumes cruising down the roads of Knysna.
DRAG QUEENS GALORE: This year, glitzy, extravagant drag queens get to take centre stage. Festival-goers can look forward to the debut of the Wigstock Premium Drag Event in South Africa. For those not in the know, Wigstock was a huge outdoor drag music festival that launched in the United States in the 1980s and is renowned as being a platform for queens to showcase their performance talents.
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