Party time for queers in Cape Town
It's almost time for the annual Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) costume party.
The first one, The Locker Room Project, was held in 1994 , the year of South Africa's first democratic election which led to sexual orientation being enshrined in the world’s most liberal constitution. It was such a hysterical success (*) that MCQP has grown up to become an annual event on the international queer circuit party calendar.
But, while it may be a queer event, it's very popular with the straights. Straight people in the know, that is. The sort that know that a really good queer party is hard to beat when it comes to friendly, over-the-top, uninhibited fun.
I've yet to go. Maybe next year if I'm in Cape Town. Had I gone this year, I seriously doubt that I’d have dressed up as a super hero. Dressed up as anything, actually. Perhaps I could have passed as Benjamin Parker?
This year it's being held on 16 December, the Day of Reconciliation, a public holiday that has been know by various names, including the Day of the Vow and Dingaan Day.
One wonders what the pious Voortrekkers would have thought about all those prancing moffies in their glittering costumes? Skande!!
This is how 5FM radio is advertising the event.
(*) not my words - lifted from the MCQP website.