Count down to awesomeness.

Last year I missed Mardi Gras. With the move back to Melbourne and a few other things going on I simply wasn’t able to get there. This year is different. About a month ago my friends and I started planning our trip up to Sydney and once again I am going to be marching with the lifesavers in the parade.

Because we are unable to get to the rehearsals the routine has been posted online (no you can’t see it yet) so that we can practice before we head to Sydney for the final two rehearsals. Andy and I have been bouncing around the apartment in our underwear much to to the concern of my housemate, waving flags and shaking our booty. Andy was even brave enough to put on an impromptu performance at the beach yesterday. The steps are a little tricky to learn online and there are a couple of spots where my two left feet get the better of me but we can iron out all the kinks when we get to Sydney. Fortunately for you (or perhaps unfortunately) I have started videoing some of our practices and I’m planning a Mardi Gras Experience video for the blog so that those of you who can’t make it can get a taste of what it is like.

Given the events of the last couple of weeks I hadn’t really noticed the big day creeping closer and closer, but now the excitement has really begun to set in. I’m feeling very positive about the coming weeks and catching up with friends in Sydney. Summer here will be winding up soon and we are all trying to make the most of it before the weather starts to get cooler. Mardi Gras is the final bang of the party season and leaves just enough glow to get us through the winter months.

After the parade we will be hitting the party and hopefully get the chance to see Kylie. If you are not following the facebook fanpage you should think about visiting and clicking like. I will be posting pictures through out the nights festivities.

Naturally we are all looking forward to heading up for what is sometimes called “gay christmas” around here.

There is nothing that can quite describe the feeling of what it is like to march. It is simply the greatest high I have even experienced. No only is Mardi Gras a great party but it’s a great show of solidarity and still makes a statement about who we are and what we stand for. Marriage equality promises to feature prominently in this years parade as the issue has been increasingly important in the past 6 months. Even our Prime Minister although unsupportive describes it as inevitable.

So happy times ahead people.

x

Shannon.

  • Calvin Lehto

    I wish you the best of luck.