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Thursday, 17 February 2011 03:28

Sydney Mardi Gras: 33 Years of Gay Pride and Mardi Gras

Written by  HeidiMichelle

After a couple of turbulent years Mardi Gras is back to its old form. In 2006 Conde Nast named it as one of the world’s top ten costume parades in the world. Meanwhile Planetout named it as the best gay event in the world. In 2008, the Sydney, Australia celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary for it’s Mardi Gras. In 2009 they produced the largest ever Parade with almost 10,000 participants.

Sydney Mardi Gras

Vibe Hotel Sydney is located in the heart of the city and a short stroll from Oxford St and Mardi Gras events. The host hotel is Vibe Hotel Rushcutters which offers stylish accommodation in the inner east, close to the city’s trendiest suburbs of Darlinghurst, Paddington and Double Bay, with easy access to the City and eastern beaches such as Bondi and Tamarama. Not to mention both have rooftop gyms and sun-drenched pools. Check out the host hotels at vibehotels.com.auvibehotels.com.au.

The opening day is Fair Day 2011, where up to 70,000 routinely turn out to sit on the grass, browse the stalls, gorge themselves on the food and beverages available at the stalls, and engage in what many call social hour. You have to check out your chance to come behind the costumes, the naked flesh and the revving bikes to meet the girls of Dykes on Bikes. The Hampshire Hotel will be hosting the girls for two nights during the Festival. Meet at 09.45am for a 10.00am start, the History Walk is a challenging and informative visitation with the Sydney House of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence reliving 40 years of activism. Sunday 27 February, 11am-2pm is the Amazon Women’s Tennis Social Day at Newington College Tennis Courts at 200 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore, New South Wales. The Mardi Gras was Sydney’s contribution to the international Gay Solidarity Celebrations, an event that had grown up as a result of the Stonewall riots in New York.

The Mardi Gras was one of a series of events by the Gay Solidarity Group to promote the forthcoming National Homosexual Conference, and offer support to San Francisco's Gay Freedom Day and it's campaign against California State Senator John Brigg's attempts to stop gay rights supporters teaching in schools. It was also intended to protest the Australian visit of homophobic Festival of Light campaigner Mary Whitehouse. This movement of activism and celebration is alive and well in Sydney, Australia. Take the time to experience the adventure of a lifetime.

 

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