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Glamour and fantasy close Chch Pride festival

Sun 2 Dec 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News

Christchurch's Pride festival ended with a bang last night when round 200 people attended the closing Get it On! Fantasy Ball. Presented by post-earthquakes events group UpRising, the Ball closed the two week annual glbti Festival which had been on hiatus since the devastating earthquakes. Arriving guests were last night frisked by 'Daniel,' a vigilant, nattily dressed butler straight out of Downton Abbey. After the DJ’s first set, the butler became the Master of Ceremonies, introducing Sheree Waitoa who performed two numbers and spoke about community. Many ages and ethnicities of glbti people were represented with an equal number of men and women present. Four out of the five shows during the night were performed by women either solo or as part of a group. As the music kicked in an elf with a green face danced with Minnie Mouse and two cats weaved amongst the onlookers. Other fantasy costumes included Dumbledore - the gay senior wizard from the Harry Potter series - complete with glowing wand, Robin Hood, a faun and a woman in Rocky Horror lingerie. Long-time Christchurch community stalwart and event creator Miss Mole, resplendent in a glittering gold creation last night, praised the organisers this morning. “Thank you to all who gave us this very impressive night," she says.  "Great music and shows. The venue looked stunning and it was fabulous to catch up with so many friends. Thanks to one and all for the terrific effort.”    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Sunday, 2nd December 2012 - 11:30am

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