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The Knysna Pink Loerie
Celebrate gay pride in the Garden Route’s queen city
The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival is back, bigger and bolder than ever, to take over Knsyna for a glittery 13th year, from Wednesday, 1 May to Sunday, 5 May 2013.
Set in “South Africa’s Favourite Town of the Year”, the spectacularly colourful affair – this year’s theme is ‘Wicked Wonderland’ – basically shuts down the tranquil Garden Route hub with five raucous days of shows, entertainment, a mini-market and heaps of over-the-top, flamboyant fun. Unquestionably a global highlight for the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning) community, the festive carnival also appeals to anyone else who wants to celebrate diversity and acceptance.
Locals find it lekker too -- Knysna shop-owners get in on the action by competing to win the title of Best Window Display and businesses offer sweet accommodation deals for the overcrowded town.
The barrage of drag shows, beauty pageants, art exhibitions and all-night jols culminates in a street parade, on Saturday, 4 May, that features fabulous floats and street performances followed by one mother of an after party at Zanzibar Night Club with DJ sets from Catherine from 5fm, Kevin Grenfell from EMI and others.
Highlights at the Knysna Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival 2013
Feathers, fairy wings and impossibly high stilettos are taking over Knysna.Here’s a quick look at what else you can expect at the out and proud fiesta.
- Pink Loerie VIP Dinner
Partiers are invited to partake in a three-course, five-star meal that includes complimentary Barefoot Wine at the Simola Hotel Country Club and Spa. Guests include the Mayor, Mr. Gay World, Andreas Derleth and no less than three Mr. Gay South Africas, and entertainment is to be provided by Emile Minnie and Godfrey Johnson. RSVP at email@example.com; tickets cost R220p/p.
- Little Poof! Big Bang!
Bruce Little and Carel-Piet van Eeden return with their hilarious multi-character performance that pokes fun at the gay community on Friday, 3 May at Zanzibar Night Club at 3pm. Tickets are R80 at the door.
- Mr. Mardi Gras
Irresistible males strut their stuff for a chance to win the coveted title of Mr. Mardi Gras at Zanzibar Night Club on Friday, 3 May at 10pm. Participants will model jeans and Bone Wear clothing for a go at some of the fantastic prizes, including a ride on a parade float. Entrance is R50p/p
- Street Parade
The pinnacle of Pink Loerie comes with fantastic floats and brilliant costumes sailing down the streets of Knysna. The parade starts at on Saturday, 4 May 3pm sharp from behind Pledge Square. Floats must be ready and in line at 2:30pm.
Visit Pinkloerie.co.za for all the programme information and the lowdown on great accommodation deals in Knysna.
Keen for a queer party closer to the Mother City? Spend a wild evening exploring De Waterkant’s nightlife to find out what makes Cape Town South Africa’s gay capital.
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