Dear Knysna Business Owner

It’s almost time for the annual Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival, which this year coincides with the Mr Gay World™ finals between 20 and 27 May.

We would like to invite you to join the fun by creating a special display in your shop window, shop front, entrance, garden, rooftop, anywhere that best suits your business! This display will show solidarity with the event and attract attention to your business.

We are sure that you are very creative and have lots of ideas, so we will just make a suggestion or two. You can go with the traditional pink as has been done in previous years, and perhaps you can throw in some rainbow colours, perhaps even a flag or two. You can put up posters and add logos of the event, and possibly all the pictures of the Mr Gay World™ finalists or just your favourite. We have created a dropbox with some resources which will be shared on the website when you enter.

You can take this a step further of course by entering a float into the Saturday parade. Starting at 3pm on Saturday 26 May on the corner of Queen Street and Main Road, it turns at Pledge Square and ends in front of Knysna Mall with a street party until 5pm. This party is accompanied by live music and food! Come Celebrate Life!

Once you have entered your effort will be judged, as there is a prize worth R 9000 up for grabs! The prize is donated by 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. Transport is at own cost and it is subject to availability.

To take part you simply have to start planning so that you can get the maximum effect. Make sure you enter your business at and get the display up before 18 May. Judging will take place by Thursday 24 May 2018 and the winner will be announced on Friday evening at Mr Gay World™ 2018 President’s Ball and Fundraising Auction at Villa Castollini.

We are expecting a bumper attendance this year, and we hope you will capitalize on it by taking part in this challenge. We look forward to seeing your effort.

Have a great Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival 2018!

Most sincerely