The Mardi Gras Parade is most wonderful time of the year and this year's fabulous event will be closing with a bang; first up on the 4th March will bring the Drag Races at Bondi Beach and the 5th March will feature the infamous Mardi Gras Parade. Mardi Gras not only celebrates gay pride, being yourself and raising the profile of LGBT communities, but also is a wonderful avenue for talented and fun loving performers and creative professionals shine and show what they are made of.
I always enjoy supporting local Sydney artists and performers as its great to see talented people do what they love. A few years ago for a University project, I was introduced to a few lovely members of the drag community who are involved in performing in drag around Sydney including well known Glace Chase and Beverly Buttercup as well as performers who are more involved in the Arts scene including La Donna Rama and if you love to hate the Hilton sisters, then the Motel sisters might be right up your alley.
4th March 'The Drag Races'
Drag queens and drag kings from all over are welcome to enter and will be competing in the sun and sand of world famous Bondi Beach at the fun day at the Drag Races! A number of years ago, Sydney icon Vanessa Wagner created the Bondi Drag Races where kings and queens battle it out for the ultimate crown.
This year’s competition is set to be a non stop fun event with activities ranging from the Dainty Dune Dash to Handbag Discus. I apologise in advance for the use of the very tacky pun but it's time to get your frock on and have a gay ol' time in the sun!
Queen Elizabeth Drive,
Bondi Beach, New South Wales
4th March at 5pm
5th March 'The Mardi Gras Parade'
The infamous Mardi Gras Parade is on again and for 2011, it is set to be the best Parade so far. Hundreds of thousands of colourful spectators will be watching the parade floats make their way down iconic the streets of Sydney. The Parade begins at Hyde Park, travels up Oxford Street and ends at Moore Park Road where Parade participants explode into life with colourful floats, costumes and dance moves in a friendly celebration of gay pride.
According to the Mardi Gras Organisation site, this year, all entrants have been encouraged to "Say Something"! This delightful event will give spectators what they expect and more, whether politically driven humour, or fun, silly costumes or odes to popular cultural icons like Queen of Pop Kylie, this event extravaganza will feature over 100 outrageous floats, lavish costumes, stunning design and wild dancing."
The Mardi Gras Party will be the grand finale of the parade. The dance party will rival all others with up to 15,000 partygoers including international visitors and surprise entertainment acts to be revealed on the night.
How can I be apart of the Parade?
Oxford and Flinders Streets
Darlinghurst, New South Wales
5th March from 7.45pm
Festival Girl Tip: IF YOU WANT TO GET A GREAT SPOT AT THE PARADE, YOU NEED TO ARRIVE EARLY!