10 März 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Frohe schwule Weihnachten – Happy Mardi Gras

Everyone in Sydney told me that I have to go to the Mardi Gras Parade. That’s something similar to the normal Christopher Street Day Parades.

The Sydney Mardi Gras is an annual LGBT pride parade and festival in Sydney, Australia, attended by hundreds of thousands of people from around Australia and from overseas. It is one of the largest such festivals in the world,[3] and includes a variety of events such as the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade and Party, Bondi Beach Drag Races, Harbour Party, the academic discussion panel Queer Thinking, Mardi Gras Film Festival, as well as Fair Day, which attracts 70,000 people to Victoria Park, Sydney.
Sydney Mardi Gras is one of Australia’s biggest tourist drawcards,[4] with the parade and dance party attracting many international and domestic tourists. It is New South Wales’ second-largest annual event in terms of economic impact,[5] generating an annual income of about A$30 million for the state.
The event grew from gay rights marches held annually since 1978, when numerous participants had been contentiously arrested by New South Wales State Police. The Mardi Gras Parade maintains a political flavour, with many marching groups and floats promoting LGBTQI rights issues or themes. Reflecting changes since the first Sydney Mardi Gras, participants in the Mardi Gras Parade now include groups of uniformed police officers from Australian Federal Police and New South Wales State Police, as well as interstate police officers, firefighters and other emergency services personnel from the Australian LGBTI community. Marriage equality was a dominant theme in the 2011 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, with at least 15 floats lobbying for same-sex marriage.[6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Mardi_Gras

As I learned at the Chinese New Year Parade you have three choices. Going there short time before the parade and see nothing because of a lot of people in front of you, being early (5h before) and wait very long or you do voluntary work and have the best view and a great party. I decided for the last choice and became a volunteer in the Rainbow Zone.

2013-03-10 22.41.58It was a cold and rainy day and I was early at the start point to get some instructions and my accreditation. It’s the worst picture I ever had Smiley.

I felt a little lost there, but after some moments I got in contact to some cool guys, especially a cute girl, Bekky. She was from Germany, more exactly from Memmingen, a small town next to my hometown. We had a nice conversation and then we decided to work together at Mardi. We had to tell the people to take an other way up to the parade. It was funny and we saw a lot of crazy people. At about 8 o’clock the parade started and we could use our priority view within the parade area.

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In conclusion Mardi Gras was one, or the most exciting event I had in Sydney. It is that unused for me that everybody celebrated the volunteers at the end of the parade. It was such a fun and I would recommend it to everyone to go to Mardi as a volunteer. It’s a feeling nobody can take you!. Here’s the video I took at MardiSmiley

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Ehm, and after that Bekky and me went to a bar and enjoyed a beer together Smiley 

PS: Kiss to you sweetie:*

 

UPDATE:

The official Mardi Gras Parade TV

One Response to “Frohe schwule Weihnachten – Happy Mardi Gras”

  1. Ashleay 7 April 2013 at 18:12 Permalink

    Since the gay community is all for freeodm of speech, I say the heterosexuals have an Anti-gay parade. We can all show up with our wives and husbands holding hands and kissing. Heck, we can even show off our off spring. That should piss em off. After all, they shouldn’t hate where they came from, should they? Without the breeders their life style doesn’t exist. They wouldn’t have any one to corrupt and recruit. Homosexuals, please don’t throw hate speech at our life style. You need us!


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