So it’s that time of year again. It’s Mardi Gras this weekend and Sydney is going to abuzz with Gays a hitting the streets and the sheets. Sadly this year I am not joining the festivities. I have a big change coming up and I am trying to save as many of my pennies as I can.
Mardi Gras is always a time of celebration and controvery. Last years celebrations were tainted by acts of Police brutality but on the whole the celebration is a happy exciting time.
In the past I have marched with the Waterpolo and Lifesavers. When it comes to seeing the parade, being in it can’t be beaten.
Mardi Gras always attracts attention because people see it as just one big hedonistic party, but what Mardi Gras is and what the media shows it as are very different. Mardi Gras encompasses two weeks of LGBT cultural events including art exhibitions, performances and other activities. It would be a little narrow minded to see the festival as only underwear parties and near naked street marching.
If anything the Festival proves just how diverse our community is and just how many of us are leading fulfilling happy lives as part of mainstream organisations like the defence forces, lifesavers, police force, and so on.
Happy Mardi Gras Sydney, may you celebrate wildly and safely.