This years Sydney Mardi Gras was so much fun that I wish every day could be Mardi Gras. The Mardi Gras Festival actually runs over two weeks and the Parade and the Party are the culmination of 2 weeks of cultural events and parties. Being a Melbourne Lad I was lucky enough to be able to head up for the final weekend.
This year I travelled up with some really great friends and although we all had our own events to go to it was great to be able to share the experience this year with them. About a month ago I was talking to my friend Andy about the Parade and how much fun it was. We made the decision right there on the spot, having both been lifesavers to sign up and march with the lifesavers with Pride.
The day started of much like any other. I woke up, nursed my morning glory and settled in to check my emails and the blog. After 3 days of rain I was hopeful that the sun would finally show itself but was content to be happy with the grey but dry day outside my window. I kept the day pretty low key. If you have ever been to Mardi Gras you will know that conserving your energy for the big event is the way to go. I spent the day making the final adjustments to my speedo (the size they gave me was too big), shopping for protein bars and napping.
Unfortunately the rain didn’t hold off, but it did nothing to dampen the spirits of the marchers. We huddled together under umbrellas and rain ponchos, and danced to keep warm. The parade this year consisted of 134 floats and 9000 people watched by 300,000 onlookers and even more world wide watching on television and online. It is one of the largest celebrations of GLBTIQ culture in the world.
The Mardi Gras Party this year sold out 15,000 tickets and was an absolute killer party featuring performances by Chicane, Sneaky Sound System, Kylie Minogue and a stellar line up of international DJ’s. Ru Paul made a brief appearance before getting the name of the event wrong and making a quick exit.
I have to admit that I did not intend to go to the party this year but the lure of Queen Kylie was too much to resist and I was not disappointed. We sweltered in the RHI Hall. Sweat was stinging my eyes and near naked bodies were pressed against each other as everybody strained to catch a glimpse of our Diva. The energy at this years party was one of love and the happy vibes seemed to carry through the night. The infinite love theme was well and truly being enjoyed and I scored a pash on more than one occasion with a sexy Sydney boy who decided to spend the evening partying with me and my speedo.
This years Mardi Gras was definitely another life time experience and one made even more amazing by the friends I had around me.
Infinite love to you all.