MCQP: when the mother of all parties paints Cape Town pink

Gay, straight, bi, trans. German, Capetonian, American. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your sexual preference is, Cape Town’s annual Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) party attracts and unites people from all walks of life.

Cape Town’s Mother City Queer Project is famed the world over as one of the world’s best parties, and attracts more than 10 000 partygoers each year, making it the largest gay event in South Africa (although organisers say the event now attracts more straight than gay people).

Established in 1993, Capetonians wait with bated breath every year as a different theme is announced, with much pomp and ceremony. For 2015, the theme was Candyland. Past themes include Space Cowboys, In The Navy and Fairytale Fantasy. Entry is dependent upon one important consideration – your costume – and partygoers are encouraged to be as creative and innovative as they can be.

But MCQP is about so much more than just costume – it’s a chance for the businessperson to swap their chinos for a speedo, for the introvert to cover herself in body glitter and for the meek to meet multiple faces in and around the venue.

The entertainment line up is varied and spans many genres. From local legendary DJs spinning ‘80s classics to pop bands busting out their top 40 hits. MCQP’s entertainment caters for all tastes.

MCQP has been housed in several different iconic locations around Cape Town, including the historic City Hall and the stadium that hosted the  2010 Fifa World Cup, so pay close attention to the MCQP website for regular updates. Tickets prices range from R390 for General Access to R950 for VIP – and can be bought directly from the website.

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