Monday, 8 April 2013

Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival

The Knysna Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival has literally been painting the town of Knysna pink since 2000. Now in its 13th year, this very popular and highly colourful annual festival is a highlight on the international and local LGBTI - and straight - calendar. The Knysna Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival offers five days of non-stop entertainment, shows, mini-market and outrageous fun. The event takes place from 1 - 5 May 2013. The theme this year is 'Wicked Wonderland' and is brought to you by Globeflight.
Knysna is a very popular tourist destination and has earned the coveted title of officially being “South Africa’s Favourite Town of the year” (twice in a row). During the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras the entire town of Knysna, visitors, locals and businesses partake in a festival that highlights diverse lifestyles.

From all over South Africa and abroad, thousands of like-minded people absorb the carnival atmosphere for five days culminating in the street parade on Sat. 4 May at 3 pm. The Knysna Pink Loerie Mardi Gras is getting bigger, better and more outrageous by the year. It is a unique experience not to be missed!

Events taking place around the festival include drag shows, the Mr / Miss / Me Mardi Gras competitions, Best Window Display competition, the popular arts festival with Bruce Little's 'Little Poof' presented by Manhunt returning, VIP dinner, Charity Drive and of course the main street parade followed by an after-party featuring DJs Catherine from 5fm, Kevin Grenfell from EMI, DJ Ari and more.

A new edition is the well-known Therapy brand doing a recovery party on Sunday 5 May from noon at Zanzibar with DJ Stuart H. The Pink Loerie VIP dinner (where Emile Minnie and Godfrey Johnson will be doing the entertainment) will be attended by the Mayor and the Speaker, Mr. Gay World Andreas Derleth, all the way from New Zealand and no less than three Mr. Gay South Africas, Mr Mardi Gras 2011 and 2012 and various other luminaries. A three course 5 star meal incl. complimentary Barefoot Wine is offered and takes place on Friday 3 April at Simola Country Club - only R220 per person. (Mail to book.)

For a full programme of the festival, see here:

Entry forms: see 'Forms' header.

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