Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival 2021

Celebrate gay pride in the Garden Route’s queen city. The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival is back, bigger and bolder than ever, to take over Knsyna for another glittery weekend.

  • Event Dates

    From: Friday, Apr 23rd, 2021
    To: Tuesday, Apr 27th, 2021

  • Key Highlights

    • The main parade
    • The after-parties
    • Fantastic floats
    • Mr. Mardi Gras
    • Drag shows
    • Art exhibitions
    • Beauty pageants

Africa’s most colourful gay event – in the heart of the Garden Route!

Set in “South Africa’s Favourite Town of the Year”, the spectacularly colourful affair basically shuts down the tranquil Garden Route hub with five raucous days of shows, entertainment, a mini-market and heaps of over-the-top, flamboyant fun. Unquestionably a global highlight for the LGBTQ community, the festive 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 sweet accommodation deals for the overcrowded town.

The barrage of drag shows, beauty pageants, art exhibitions and all-night jols culminates in a street parade, on Saturday, featuring fabulous floats and street performances followed by special afterparties.

Feathers, fairy wings and impossibly high stilettos are taking over Knysna.Here’s a quick look at what else you can expect at the out and proud fiesta.

Pink Loerie VIP Dinner
Partiers are invited to partake in a three-course, five-star meal that includes complimentary Barefoot Wine at the Simola Hotel Country Club and Spa

Mr. Mardi Gras
Irresistible males strut their stuff for a chance to win the coveted title of Mr. Mardi Gras at Zanzibar Night Club on Friday, 3 May at 10pm. Participants will model jeans and Bone Wear clothing for a go at some of the fantastic prizes, including a ride on a parade float. Entrance is R50p/p

Street Parade
The pinnacle of Pink Loerie comes with fantastic floats and brilliant costumes sailing down the streets of Knysna. The parade starts at on Saturday, 3pm sharp from behind Pledge Square. Floats must be ready and in line at 2:30pm.

Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action

aha The Rex Hotel,    Protea Hotel,    Westhill Luxury Guest House,    Candlewood Lodge 

Gay Map of Knysna

Video Of Pink Loerie Festival

Including some great aerial footage!

Recommended hotels Knyna

These hotels and apartments are right in the heart of Knyna and walking distance from the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras events

Candlewood Lodge

5 Star Luxury

Candlewood Lodge

Candlewood Lodge is a 5-star bed and breakfast located only minutes away from the center of town and features spectacular views over the Knysna Heads and Knysna Lagoon.
With an emphasis to detail, the guest rooms have been tastefully designed and uniquely decorated. All rooms have en suite shower, and an area to enjoy stunning views

Westhill 4 Star

Luxury Guest House

Offering panoramic views over the Knysna Estuary, Westhill Luxury Guest House features an outdoor pool, free Wifi throughout and free private parking on-site. It is a 10-minute walk from the town center. Each air-conditioned room features a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, private bathrooms with double basins, bath & walk-in shower. Bathrobes, and free toiletries

aha The Rex Hotel

Location, 4 Star

aha The Rex Hotel

Within 300 m of Knysna Waterfront shopping area, Rex Hotel offers the ultimate in self-catering comfort. Luxurious rooms and apartments feature modern design, LCD TVs and extra-large windows. Tea and coffee facilities and air conditioning are included in the luxury rooms. Apartments also include modern design kitchenettes.

Protea Hotel

4 Star spectacular views

Protea Hotel

With an outdoor pool facing the Indian Ocean, Protea Hotel Knysna has spectacular views of the Knysna Lagoon. The stylishly decorated rooms have free WiFi and satellite TV. The heated outdoor pool is set on a uniquely designed sundeck with a cocktail bar. The hotel has a breakfast restaurant. For lunch and dinner, there are several restaurants within walking distance

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Geneva Drive Villa
7 Bedrooms

Geneva Drive Villa Offers air conditioned accommodation with 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a living room, a dining area and a well-appointed kitchen with a dishwasher, and washing machine. An outdoor swimming pool. Free WiFi & free private parking

Merridew Villa
6 Bedrooms

Merridew Villa is a stylish 6-bedroom villa, five of the six bedrooms are en suite and some of them have a balcony with ocean views, a fully equipped kitchen and separate lounge areas for guests to relax in. as well as an outdoor pool.

Hollywood Mansion
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This secure and luxurious mansion includes a maid and bulter service. It is equipped with a heated pool, private gym, home cinema and 6 bedrooms. Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar and there is a pool table and 3 lounges for relaxation.

Clifton Private Beach
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Clifton Private Beach Villa featuring an outdoor swimming pool and a bar, a full kitchen with a dishwasher, a living room with a seating area and a dining area, 3 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms This villa has a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking.

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