It has become one of the major events on the Sydney calendar, not just bringing a huge amount of colour and revenue to the city of Sydney, but helping to create tolerance and understanding of a person's sexuality.
Do you get involved? Do you think the Mardi Gras is good for Sydney? Do you think it could be done differently?
No, don't celebrate but we live in the heart of it all, so there's lots of decorations and atmosphere. The only thing that should be done differently, is that if we can celebrate them with a parade, it is surely time to allow them to get married.
Also while I know the ATM's were well meaning, it made me a little uncomfortable - I'm not entirely sure it's not inappropriate, but I can't place my finger on the reason why...
No. I always thought the Mardi Gras was intended to be celebrated by the GLBTQI community. I feel that if I celebrated the Mardi Gras it would be akin to a Jew celebrating Easter. Does that make sense?
Years ago, I used to go into the city to watch the parade, starting in Elizabeth St, up Liverpool & Oxford Sts, then down to where the Royal Easter Show used to be held, at the SCG where they hold a dance party. I was once in there the following day, & I saw people from the parade wondering around, after the dance party! The only reason I don't go to watch the parade anymore, is because I can't stand up, waiting for 4/5 hours for the parade to start as it hurts my back, standing for any length of time, but I do usually watch it on SBS a day of 2 later. The parade is on the 1st Saturday in March, (for those people not in the know.) People fly in from all over the world to take part & to watch it. As soon as 1 parade is over, they start work planning the next 1. Wow, all that work!