Friday, May 04, 2012

Gay Mardi Gras

No, not that big one, a lesser known one. On the Stuart Highway in between Katherine and Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, is the town of Elliot. With a population of 355 at the last census, perhaps half being indigenous, you might think it is a sleepy little place but as it has done for the past eight years, a couple of weekends ago Elliot once again put on its own Gay Mardi Gras.

It is rumoured that for the first few years, one of the floats looked rather like a disguised NT police car.

Clearly this must see event is going to be added to all grey nomads' itineraries.

Photos are from ABC RN Bush Telegraph. Note the fabulous Valiant AP6.









17 comments:

  1. Hello Andrew:
    Well, some sights for sore eyes here!

    Yet again, the Gay Pride March in Budapest has been threatened with cancellation by the police in fear of public unrest!!!! If only the dear residents of Elliot's Gay Mardi Gras would come here to swell the numbers, that would really give the police something to think about.

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  2. That is unfortunate JayLa. I would have hoped such things were history. It is rather up to the police. They can defend the marchers if the will is there. I will follow that up.

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  3. What fun, a country mardi gras, very Australian to my mind. And you're right, the valiant caps it off.

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  4. Elisabeth, it is rather a 'only in the Northern Territory' story.

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  5. Good to hear such events exist in NT.
    ^_^

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  6. Anonymous3:47 pm

    So that must be the entire gay population of Elliot parading - going by the 10% ratio.

    Good on them I say, but where are the spectators?

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  7. Anonymous3:47 pm

    So that must be the entire gay population of Elliot parading - going by the 10% ratio.

    Good on them I say, but where are the spectators?

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  8. Wow, some red hot babes there.

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  9. Immigayrant, it is good, and good that they didn't just call it Mardi Gras, but Gay Mardi Gras.

    Anon, people do come from other places to attend. I expect we are not seeing photos of the peak time. No spectators, all are participating.

    RH, yours in pink and black pvc looks to be particularly fine.

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  10. There was a terrific story about this on abc.net.au/rural/reporter last Saturday which I loved hearing. I'd love to go.

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  11. James, I guess Rural made it for Bush Telegraph where I heard it.

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  12. Uplifting, this one. Thankyou.

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  13. The Territorians are a breed apart Christine.

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  14. It has a class not evident in Sydney's Mardi Gras.

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  15. Victor, oddly they look to be sober. It must have been around eleven in the morning.

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  16. pvc? she told me it was leather.

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  17. You can't trust appearances.

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