Mental Mardis Gras

Trip Start May 18, 2005
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Trip End May 18, 2006


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Sunday, March 5, 2006

We had no idea that Mardis Gras was so big here. All day there were people having parties, all the pubs pubs were wedged and lots of people, who looked as if this was the first time they had ever been out in public, were showing up on every street corner dressed in a way that can only be described as 'unusual'. Gimp suits, fairy wings and other unmentionables are what I mean by 'unusual'.

So, we headed to the parade anyway and somehow managed to get a half decent spot up around Oxford Street, which is the main gay and lesbian area in the city and the most fun during Mardis Gras. We could just about see the parade though because the crowds were already 4 and 5 deep at the barriers when we got there.

As soon as it got dark the parade began, starting with the seriously butch lesbians - The Dykes on Bikes - who were zipping round the streets on some really cool custom made bikes. One of them actually fell off right in front of us. Think her big ass put her off balance. Some of them were topless, some naked, and some dressed as cops, firemen, nurses, mistresses....you name it. Mad stuff.

Anyway, there were loads of floats and all sorts of characters marching. Some of them were, in fairness, rubbish. The worst one, I'm ashamed to admit, was the 'Gay Irish' float. Basically it consisted of a crappy car with 'Gay Irish' emblazoned across it and about 10 people walking behind in t-shirts that said 'Its a Beautiful Gay' on them. They also had U2 blasting out of the speakers playing 'Its a Beautfil Day'. Oh, I get it...

Some of the other ones were very good though. One was entitled 'Gotta Love Pussy' and had these lesbians (who were quite hot actually - I'm in trouble now!!) up on the float worshipping - of all things - a giant vagina. It was hilarious. There were countless drag queens, some of whom you could quite easily pass for a hot bird with a few pints on you and some who didn't even need a few pints. In fairness though, most of them would have needed a few kegs, and possibly blindness, never mind pints! There were more gimps than you could beat with a stick, the police had 2 floats and got great cheers from everyone, and there was even a big rugby club who had all their players girating on poles in speedo's and tackling each other half naked in the street. Fair play to them. There was a float with the theme 'You Are Not The Only Gay In The Village!!' which was very good too.

There was a big cowboy theme to the parade, mainly because of Brokeback Mountain I suppose, and there was no shortage of floats themed on the movie. There was even a giant troop of linedancing gay and lesbian cowboys who were giving it socks.

Needless to say, we went on the tare after the parade, along with everyone else in Sydney. A great night, so it was.

Check out some of the pics I got. Most of them were shite because it was too dark and the flash doesn't work properly from far away. And there were 2 cops standing across from us so every time my flash went off their high vis jackets reflected right back and wrecked all the photos!! Feckers.
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