The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival 2012

Author: , March 29th, 2012

The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras is an annual weekend set aside to celebrate the Gay community, celebrate life and simply enjoy a long weekend of entertainment, comedy, music, dance and fun. It all started in 2000 in the little coastal town of Knysna, South Africa on the Garden Route, and has blossomed into a fully fledged fun extravaganza. Growing in size and popularity year after year, it has become a calendar favorite.

Knysna is located on the southern coast of South Africa about 6 hours drive east of Cape Town on the N2 highway, or a 45 minute flight to George and then 30 minute drive to Knysna. Although small it has become a favorite vacation destination for many South African and international visitors and has been voted “South Africa’s Favorite Town of the year”, twice. Measuring the flamboyant hospitality and energy exuded at the Mardi it is not surprising.  The entire town transforms into a festival as businesses decorate their windows in a show of support for the Pink Loerie.

This year the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras will be held from April 26 to May 1st. The theme is “Ain’t no closet big enough!” and promises to deliver the same quality of entertainment that it has become so famous for.

The Mardi Gras sends a message to the world that Gay people are free to celebrate their lives in South Africa. The event is not only about the festivities but also about giving back and a number of charities benefit from auctions and fundraisers held during the festival. It is a celebration of fun, life and laughter for anyone who loves to see vibrant colors, hear world class music and enjoy the arts.

Events are scheduled throughout the weekend and include:

A flea market (street market),  art exhibitions,  a gay pride street parade, competitions, comedy shows, drama, cabaret shows, live music, dancing and parties around every corner.

Think pink, think Mardi Gras, visit Knysna, you’ll never forget the experience.

Celeste Wilson is an Africa travel specialist and co-founder of a comprehensive internet guide to travel in Africa. Visit to learn more about Africa as a travel destination.