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The 17th annual Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival is kicking off from Wednesday 26 April – Monday 01 May 2017.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 03:11 Written by  Luan Schultz
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Join us as we return to “once upon a time in Eden…” where it all started with Bears, Fairies, Princes, Princesses, (frogs too), Kings and fabulous Queens. A modern-day LGBTQ+ fairy tale!

Knysna will be painted Pink for the festival as events and line-ups deliver something for all, including the 1st Pink Loerie Visibility Project, fashion show with Bondesio Couture, Midieval VIP Dinner, yearly outreach program for the community and entertainment from the Queens of Wigstock building up to the street parade on Saturday with the Mr and Miss Mardi Gras pageants and nightlife events happening around town.

Full programme schedules and ticket information can be found at www.pinkloeriefoundation.com

Highlights of the festival:
Wednesday 26 April:
 GaySA Radio & Visibility Project Workshop & Concert at Villa Castollini 2:00pm – 8:00pm
 Meet and Greet at Zanzibar 8:00pm

Thursday 27 April:
 Bondesio Couture Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea at Villa Castollini with Tobie Jooste 2:00pm – 4:00pm
 The Queens of Wigstock Show at Zanzibar – Noon – 2:00pm
 Knysna Fine Arts Exhibition and Cocktail function with special book signing of Little Poof! By Bruce J. Little 6:00pm
 Evening Theme Party at Zanzibar 8:00pm

Friday 28 April:
 Day 1 of the Outreach Program at various venues including:
o Loeriehof Retirement Home 09:30am – 11:00am
o Knysna Animal Welfare 11:30am – 1:00pm
o Paula Whitney Creche 2:00pm – 3:00pm
 Queens of Wigstock Show at Zanzibar Noon – 2:00pm
 VIP Medieval Dinner and Fundraising Auction at Villa Castollini 6:00pm – 10:00pm
 Theme Party at Zanzibar 8:00pm

Saturday 29 April:
 Day 2 of the Outreach Program including:
o Vermont Retirement Home Bazaar 9:00am – 12:00pm
 Mr & Miss Mardi Gras Southern Africa at Zanzibar 10:00am – 2:00pm
 Annual Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival Street Parade 3:00pm – 4:00pm
 Afternoon events at Woodmill Lane including: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
o Piazza Party
o The Queens of Wigstock Show
o Best Dressed / Best Float and Best Window Awards
 Official Bon Voyage After Party at Zanzibar 4:00pm – 02:00am

Special events also taking place at venues such as:
 Blackwaters River Lodge – Official Bear Colony Festival Southern Africa in association with Bearfest SA “hibernation destination” (Wed 26 Apr – Mon 01 May)
 Nautical South with daily promotions and evening events: “come dine with me”, “eat and meet Party” and a special “come down” picnic on Sunday 30 April 2017 (Wed 26 Apr – Mon 01 May)
 Lakeside Lodge and Spa will be featuring a Sunday line-up including a Queens of Wigstock party and afternoon picnic. (Sunday 30 Apr)
 Recovery Party at Zanzibar (Sunday 30 Apr Noon – 4:00pm)

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