Peace, love and flowers
It’s time for the Mother City Queer Project and some outrageous, colourful fun, writes MELANIE PETERS
MULTICOLOURED, tinted John Lennon sunglasses, wigs, bandannas, flowerpatter ned T-shirts and bellbottoms are spread across the lounge table. “The MCQP is a must-do on our party list. There’s just so much excitement in the build-up to the event. This year I’m sure more people will be there because the (Cape Town) stadium is a drawcard itself,” says Keith Coventry.
He and his friend, Daniel Broekman, are putting the finishing touches to their costumes in Bantry Bay for the Mother City Queer Project to be held at the Cape Town Stadium next Saturday. This year’s theme is Flower Power.
“There are 12 of us in a group. My friend Kyle is very creative so we let him come up with a costume idea for the group every year. This year we decided to be more practical, because costumes can get very outrageous. You got to think about where you’re going to carry your money and more importantly, your drink.” He said they would dress like hippies. “My mother is doing all the alterations, turning our denims into bell bottoms; we have glued flowers in a pattern of a peace sign onto white T-shirts. I just got our wigs, Lennon sunglasses with different colour lenses and floral bandannas.
“It’s going to be a hoot. We have arranged for a minibus to drop us off and pick us up. This is my seventh or eighth one. There’s a great vibe and it’s a good party. There’s a mix of straight and gay and old and young. When people dress up they lose their inhibitions. It’s the kind of event that if you going on holiday around about this time of the year, you plan your trip around it. You have to be in town.”
Broekman decides to model his costume for the event. “I love the wigs and I want the blue shades. The two of us get the most out of hand in our group and they lose us early on in the evening.”
Putting on the wig for the mock dress rehearsal, Broekman jumps up and down, clapping his hands. “I’m so excited. Can’t we go to the stadium now? We look forward to this party all year. On Friday night we will probably meet for a team-building exercise to get us all amped.”
Pointing at Coventry, he says: “You can be Kitty and I will be Missy.” He snaps his fingers. “Can we have some Kylie Minogue in the background, please.”
Their friend Gary Welsh says: “This is going to be such a jol.”
These three are among thousands who are planning for one of the biggest parties to be held in the Mother City each year.
There is a flurry of comments on websites such as Facebook and Twitter about “trippy hippies”, “psychedelic rainbows”, “flower power freedomfighters” and “rainbow warriors”. There are posts about costume ideas, who is going, where to buy tickets and plans around the event.
One fancy-dress shop owner says MCQP is a very busy time of the year.
Cara Khan, who owns Mardi Gras in Bree Street, said the shop, which has been around since the ’90s, was very busy at this time of the year. “MCQP is going to be bigger and better than ever this year. I am so excited that it is at the stadium; it is the perfect venue and I am sure that as always the MCQP team are going to go all out. So with this in mind we must all follow the most important rule of dress-up: go big!
“Since the theme launch I have been shopping around all over to find everything and anything related to flower power. It’s a theme you can do so much with. Tie-dye , peace signs , psychedelic colours, big Afro wigs, funky glasses, braided hair, those cool old dresses from Granny’s wardrobe and, of course, flowers, flowers and much more flowers.” She said there was only one week to go, so to avoid disappointment partygoers should not leave their costumes to the last minute. “I am happy to help anybody if they need anything to add to their outfit or ideas.”
MCQP events director Tommy Patterson said ticket sales were three times bigger than last year.
The venue was the biggest yet. “We are getting sets from the Artscape because it was such a vast area. It’s like decorating seven venues at one time. We have bought every last artificial flower from all the gift shops. There is a lot of flowers.
“We will start decorating the venue on Wednesday. There will be a trance dance floor, various food stalls and snacks like candyfloss and popcorn.”
TIME OF THE SEASON: Cara Khan and Franklin Julies show off some of the costumes that will cause a splash at this year’s Mother City Queer Project’s party at the Cape Town Stadium.
A BLAST: Keith Coventry and Daniel Broekman will go as hippies to this year’s MCQP Flower Power party.
DISGUISE: Masks might be a good idea for this years’ bash at the Cape Town Stadium.
MIRROR, MIRROR: Franklin Julies tries various looks. Wigs are always popular at MCQP parties.