The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival and the Mr Gay World Competition ended on a high note last week with the crowning of the new Mr Gay World 2018, Australia’s Jordan Bruno at a glittering ceremony in Knysna on Saturday 26 May.
After spending a week in Knysna exploring the sights, helping out through community work and participating in various challenges, the 10th edition of Mr Gay World ended in the Grand Finale where the King was revealed. Ricky Devine-White from New Zealand was crowned the first prince, having scooped several wins during the evening, including the sports challenge, best written test, best swimwear. Second prince is Mr Gay World India, Samarpan Maiti.
Mr Gay Costa Rica, Miguel Rodriguez won best social media campaign and South Africa entrant Karabo Morake walked away with a win as the best national costume, designed by Floris Louw. Mr Portugal was chosen by the other delegates to be Mr Congeniality. Each category winner walked away with various sponsored prizes, as did the overall winner.
Several local sponsors and supporters like flyMango.com and Knysna Tourism joined international brands like Hornet to make the event possible as part of the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival which also took place this week. The highlight of this festival was the Street Parade and Party also on Saturday 26 May, preceding the Mr Gay World Grand Finale. A full gallery of images from the parade is available on Knysna Tourism’s Facebook page.
A competition launched to encourage local businesses and shops in Knysna to participate in the Pink Loerie festival by decorating their shop fronts for the occasion, was won by Café Pedro at 20 on Main. The prize has been sponsored by www.facebook.com/CraigDuToitNelPage and is worth R9,000. It is a 7 day/6 night stay for 2 people including breakfast in self-catering chalets at Out Of Africa Village Lodge in Hartbeespoort in the North West.