The Knysna Pink Loerie

Celebrate gay pride in the Garden Route’s queen city


The fantastic and fun Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival is back for its annual, glittery takeover of Knysna from Wednesday, 30 April to Sunday, 4 May 2014.

Set in one of South Africa’s most stunningly scenic towns, the spectacularly colourful affair – this year’s theme is ‘Funky Town’ – basically shuts down the tranquil Garden Route dorpie with five days of shows, entertainment, pageants and heaps of over-the-top flamboyant festivities. Unquestionably a global highlight for the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual) community, the 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 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, 3 May 2014, 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 2014 KNYSNA PINK LOERIE

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.

  • VIP Dinner and Fundraising Auction: With Mr Gay World, Chris Olwage as the VIP guest, the dinner isheldin support of The Mayor of Knysna’s Relief Fund, Loerie Hof Retirement Home and Knysna Animal Welfare.  Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday, 1 April 2014 for dinner on Friday, 2 May 2014.  
  • BoyLesque: This tongue-in-cheek variety show pays tribute to American-style burlesque comedy and striptease performances with a healthy injection of South African flavour. The four-person act features 22 costume changes in an hour and hilarious renditions of songs like Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ and Barry Manilow’s ‘Copacabana’. Catch Boylesque on Thursday, 1 and Saturday, 3 May 2014.
  •  Mr. Mardi Gras: Irresistible men strut their stuff for a chance to win the coveted title of Mr. Mardi Gras and a stash of awesome prizes at Zanzibar Night Club on Friday, 2 May.
  • Street Parade: The pinnacle of Pink Loerie comes with fantastic floats and extravagant costumes sailing down the streets of Knysna.

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Keen for a queer party closer to the Mother City? Spend a wild evening exploring De Waterkant’s nightlife and see why Cape Town is the country’s gay capital.

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