Saturday, March 01, 2014

Mardi Gras

Today is a very special day in Sydney. It is its annual (gay and lesbian) Mardi Gras celebration, with an evening parade watched by around 400,000 lining the streets and a huge dance party afterwards. It has been many years since the parade was properly covered on free to air tv, but this year SBS2 steps up to the crease with what I would guess is an edited package, to be screened on Sunday night. Many businesses also get on board, as has the ANZ Bank.

Happy Mardi Gras.


PS This morning Victor posted a photo of the Queen Elizabeth dressed up for the occasion in Sydney Harbour.

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  1. I loved Queen Elizabeth in her finery. And a happy Mardi Gras to everyone.

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    1. I heard later EC, that there was a Priscilla type boot on the ship too, complete with singer.

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    1. I thought it was pretty good River.

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  3. Hello Andrew:

    So very, very different from the Gay Rights Parade held, when the police and politicians allow, most summers here.

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    1. JayLa, indeed it is, as I discovered. Mardi Gras began here in 1978 as a protest march for gay rights. Many were arrested and it was some time before it became a celebration. There is hope for everywhere.

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  4. Happy celebrations Andrew.. Will R and yourself join in the celebrations?

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    1. Not at all Grace. Our time was in the 90s. Leave it for the younguns.

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  5. Fred Nile MLC and a Christian minister, tweeted ahead of Mardi Gras an apology to his readers for the rain that fell all that week in Sydney explaining that he was praying for the rain so as to spoil the celebrations. This man (together with the Shooters Party) holds the balance of power - but not the balance of reason or fairness - in the NSW Upper House.

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    1. Victor, he is such a misery guts. His success rate at praying for rain every Mardi Gras is quite low. I once looked in some detail at the Shooters Party, and apart from their primary policy, some of their others were quite good and I was surprised.

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  6. They should make all their ATM's into GAYTM's. Speccy!

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  7. Fen, pure targeting marketing, but wouldn't it be fun if atms were decorated.

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