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December 20, 2010

Flower power, hippies and John Lennon lookalikes at MCQP

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Photos by Deon Gurling

For years, I have watched from the sidelines as partygoers in the finest and fanciest of attire flocked to one the biggest parties of the year, MCQP, the Mother City Queer Project. On Saturday, December 18, I finally joined them.

Dressed as a free-loving hippie, I joined the thousands of fun-loving others who descended on Cape Town Stadium for this year’s flower power party.

From traditional flower children (decked out in ’60s style with bell bottom jeans, tie-dye shirts and peace sign paraphernalia) to wood nymphs and some rather imaginative pot flowers, everyone looked fantastic. John Lennon lookalikes were plentiful; a few even had the lyrics of hit song Imagine painted across their faces.

Body paint was another crowd favourite, with artistic flowers in all colours of the rainbow featuring on arms, legs and faces. Everyone had their turn on the red carpet, showing off their attire and sharing a few moments in the spotlight with MC Julian Naidoo of Heart 104.9FM fame.

A jumping castle and an inflatable giant slide added even more fun to the event while tarot readers and fire-eaters provided a little mystique. Mr Nasty himself, Randall Abrahams, judge of Idols and SA’s Got Talent, made a surprise appearance, but luckily not to adjudicate the best dressed competition!

There was no shortage of entertainment either, and six party levels were variously themed, including a hippie trance dance floor, and a gay anthems cabaret show. Tamara Dey and Flash Republic rocked the live stand venue while muscular hotties turned the temperature up on the main dance floor.

At midnight came the event’s “big reveal”: the new gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intergender (GLBTI) flag. It now looks like the national flag, but with a rainbow backdrop, symbolising the acceptance of all South Africans, regardless of age, race, class, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

MCQP 2010 was truly blooming fantastic, and catered to everyone on the day. I can’t wait to see what organisers come up with next year!

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