Feeling overwhelmed by the prospects of bank-breaking textbooks, sleepless nights, and unhealthy eating habits? Liven your spirits with the most fabulous weekend of the year!
Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is THE Australian pride event in which people of all sexual orientations, genders and ethnicities (including all you straight people), can strut in the city wearing as little or as much as one pleases and be embraced by a community of acceptance.
On Saturday 4 March, Oxford Street will be packed with crowds flocking to watch a procession of the fiercest, fabulous and most inspirational floats Sydney has to offer. Dress up, drag up and duck up to Darlinghurst as the streets erupt with colour on the gayest night of the year.
Hazard warning: beware of glitter-induced asphyxiation.
Following the parade, the official after party commences, headlined with various notable Australian and international artists and continues into the early hours of the morning. If you missed out on tickets, fear not as the surrounding clubs and bars also have cheap entry to similar parties continuing well beyond witching hour, with amazing drag shows, the best DJs and premier venues.
If the Saturday festivities are not enough, the Beresford Hotel pumps up the jam for the Laneway Party, taking gay Sundays to the extreme. However, as pride is far more than partying, a myriad of surrounding events in the preceding week celebrate queer culture in all its glory through artistic and political expression.
WHERE: Oxford Street
WHEN: Sat March 4
MORE INFO: mardigras.org.au
VERDICT: “Give a twirl” and “do your thing on the runway”
By Josh Hauville