The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival. The popular festival, is an annual LGBTQ pride carnival event and parade held in Knysna, a coastal town in the Western Cape, in South Africa. Events include their version of the Wigstock drag queen festival, a bear fest, athletic events, and an art festival.
It is believed to be one of South Africa’s largest LGBTQ events. Since its start in 2000 it has grown to be a significant event for the town culminating in the grand finale of Pink Loerie, Knysna Pride parade and its 1000-person after-party held on the final weekend with floats, performers, and DJs.
The Knysna Loerie is a green bird but the color pink has a long association with LGBTQ culture.