Dressing up for MCQP is no drag
Costumes a big part of the event for partygoers
DRAGONS are being created lovingly by hand, Ninja outfits and panda bears are in demand, and short black wigs have sold out at some party shops as Cape Town prepares for the biggest costume party in the country.
With this year’s theme “Maid in China”, the 18th annual Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) party is expected to attract between 8 000 and 10 000 party- animals to the Cape Town International Convention Centre next Saturday.
Among the teams preparing for what MCQP production manager Gareth Dallas describes as a “mammoth event that embodies creativity” are the Dolly Lamas, Luce Lees, Homos in Kimonos and a sweet- and- s our- pork- andchicken team.
Making and buying outfits and accessories is a big fun part of the main event, which this year will have nine dance floors and 40 acts, including DJ Ryan Dent on the main floor.
Towards the end of the week, party and fabric shops are sure to be filled with “freaked- out gays running around looking for last-minute outfits”, says Jayson Clark, a guesthouse manager from Tulbagh who will be attending the party with his partner, event designer Marcel Augustyn.
The couple, known as The Glitter Boys, are going as “Poof the Magic Dragon” and had, by Thursday, completed the main frame of their red- faced dragon.
They will be the puppetmasters inside the dragon. “The most important thing is to get its head right and make sure we can dance in it,” says Clark.
Fairylights and 200m of gold and pink sequins still need to be added to the costume for it to be “truly fabulous”, says Augustyn.
The pair, who are staying in Woodstock “during MCQP month” say they enjoy friends popping in to see how far they’ve progressed with their costumes.
They consider themselves ahead of schedule and admit they frown on friends and family who refuse to make an effort. “We’d rather spend a week making the dragon outfit and have a great party than make little effort and have a terrible party,” says Clark.
Party Corner, and Fancy Dress in Main Road, Sea Point, have sold out their short black wigs, while Mardigras in Bree Street still has some for hire.
Party Corner shop attendant Yanga Mtintsilana said he had sold many conical hats of the type worn by rice paddy workers in China, and added MCQP ticketholders were also buying feather boas, feather dusters and Chinese fans.
Fancy Dress shop assistant Tara Leleu says French maid, Ninja and Japanese geisha outfits and Chinese umbrellas are in high demand.
And Cora Kahn from Mardi Gras said she had ordered 10 more Ninja outfits and swords plus many panda bears.
Leleu said she was surprised at the number of foreign visitors, including English and Argentinians, inquiring about MCQP outfits.
But Dallas said the party has always attracted a big overseas crowd, representing 15 percent of attendees.
The party caters for a queerfriendly crowd, of which 40 percent are gay and 60 percent straight, said Dallas.
Performers, including Drag DJ Spinsista Mitzi, are also excited about taking part.
“It gets competitive among the queens. Some people get tacky. I need to be comfortable,” said Mitzi, who has attended nine MCQPS.
Blonde teenage band Mille and Mie, The Soapgirls, and sing and dance group Ladylicious, said they were looking forward to performing.
MCQP tickets are available from Computicket at R260 and VIP tickets at R420. At the door prices are R300 to enter and R470 for a VIP ticket.
SEXY BLONDES: Mille and Mie, whose band The Soapgirls will perform at the Mother City Queer Project party next Saturday.
GOING ALL OUT: Jayson Clark, left, and his partner, Marcel Augustyn, with the dragon outfit they’re making for the Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) party.