Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

  1. AS you are probably aware Sydney's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was on last night - unfortunately the weather rained on their parade but a good time was still had by all so I thought I would share. I will try to post some pics when I find some later if anyone is interested.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1060527.htm
    Last Update: Sunday, March 7, 2004. 8:14am (AEDT)


    Rain fails to dampen Sydney's Mardi Gras parade


    It was a wet night at the 26th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade in Sydney, with wind and rain keeping crowd numbers down.

    Organisers of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade have hailed Saturday night's event as a success despite the poor weather.

    New Mardi Gras co-chair Michael Woodhouse says their marshalls have estimated that between 250,000 and 300,000 people lined the parade route.

    He says the event went off without a hitch and looks likely to set a new world record for the number of people simultaneously performing the dance moves to the song, YMCA, but that is yet to be officially confirmed.

    "The crowd has been incredibly well behaved and very much into the spirit," Mr Woodhouse said.

    "At 10 to seven we attempted to break the world record for the most number of people attempting to do the YMCA dance.

    "Our estimates are that there are 35,000 people who participated in that attempt, although we are yet to see how the Guinness Book of Records will deal with what we refer to as 'the umbrella issue'."

    The current world record for the YMCA dance is 13,500 people.

    Dykes on bikes lead the way, their headlights tinted all the colours of the rainbow flag.

    Behind them, the lesbian cousin of Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell's, former nun Monica Hingston, headed the parade.

    "I accepted the invitation to be part of the Mardi Gras parade because it was one more step on the way to saying, 'look we're here, we're not going away'," Ms Hingston said.

    Religion and politics featured regularly among the floats, which made it down the parade route in near-record time, no doubt due to the wet conditions that only let up after it was over.

    Two politicians taking part could not resist the chance to campaign - Sydney independent mayoral candidate Clover Moore and Labor candidate for the federal seat of Wentworth, David Patch.

    Other political floats poked fun at Federal Opposition leader Mark Latham's cab driver incident and at the ongoing failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
    Last edit by gwenith on Mar 6, '04
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    It seems like if anyone in the world knows how to have a good time it's Australians!
  4. by   gwenith
    I am hoping that the ABC has covered it like it has in the past and that they will post a video link because it is usually a real riot of a time!!!
  5. by   fergus51
    You should know that Toronto actually has the biggest gay pride parade in the world (it's in the summer and it was a hoot!!!). I don't think I have ever laughed so much in my life@!
  6. by   Tweety
    Sydney's Gay Mardis Gra is world famous. Here in the US we know to have a true good time on Mardis Gra, you don't go to New Orleans, you go to Sydney. I've read nothing but positive things Sydney and their welcoming of gay travelers from around the world. I think they hosted, or will host the gay olympic? Do you know Gwen? It draws a lot of people from around the world. Would love to go and spend some of my American dollars there. Maybe one day.
  7. by   Tweety
    Quote from fergus51
    You should know that Toronto actually has the biggest gay pride parade in the world (it's in the summer and it was a hoot!!!). I don't think I have ever laughed so much in my life@!

    Didn't know that. I thought it was New York. There's some controversy in the gay community about how sometimes those parades portray only one image about the gay community. Invariably the news reels focus on the drag queens, and the disco queens in nothing but a bikini shaking their rump. I'm o.k. with it, why not have a good time, eh?
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    A friend of mine had a coffee table book on the Gay Olympics.

    It was full of artistic photos of beautifully in shape men competing in athletic events.
    The body builders looked healthy, lean, and muscular.
    Track & field and swimmers.
    I would love to attend, but not so far away unless there was also a SF event and I could somehow meet Gwenith too!
  9. by   Tweety
    Quote from spacenurse
    A friend of mine had a coffee table book on the Gay Olympics.

    It was full of artistic photos of beautifully in shape men competing in athletic events.
    The body builders looked healthy, lean, and muscular.
    Track & field and swimmers.
    I would love to attend, but not so far away unless there was also a SF event and I could somehow meet Gwenith too!

    I guess the Gay Games were held in Sydney in 2002. They will be in Montreal in 2006.

    You're right for the most part they are professional-quality sports persons from all walks of life and sports. It's supposedly a good time and a big economic boom to the host city.
  10. by   fergus51
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Didn't know that. I thought it was New York. There's some controversy in the gay community about how sometimes those parades portray only one image about the gay community. Invariably the news reels focus on the drag queens, and the disco queens in nothing but a bikini shaking their rump. I'm o.k. with it, why not have a good time, eh?
    Nope, Toronto all the way Bigger than NY's or San Fran's. I was surprised too. This was the first year I've seen it and it actually had a lot of normal people too, celebrating the first marriages allowed in the province between homosexuals. I swear, the only upsetting part was seeing how many good looking gay men there are out there (Why can't they be straight and in my appartment right now?!)....sigh

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