Pink Loerie Festival Gains International Attention


The 16th annual Pink Loerie Festival has attracted a lot of international attention to the Garden Route town of Knysna. This, as the first mass same-sex wedding in Africa was held as part of the festivities.

Spokesperson for the festival, Fran Kirsten, says what started with a street parade 16 years ago, has now grown into the biggest festival of its kind in the country, for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual community.

“Last year we had Mr Gay World which was a first for Knysna.  And this year, we’ve had the biggest mass same-sex wedding on the continent, not just in SA – and that of course brought in a lot of international and national media and attention for the town and the town needs it, because we’re a tourism town after all.”

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