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Encyclopedia > Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Performers in the 2006 Sydney Mardi Gras
Performers in the 2006 Sydney Mardi Gras

The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is an annual gay pride parade and festival for the LGBT community in Sydney, Australia. It is one of the largest such events in the world. Despite its name, it is not held on Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) or indeed, on a Tuesday at all. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 1049 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 1049 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera... 2004 Gay Pride Parade in São Paulo, Brazil. ... The initialism LGBT also GLBT is in use (since the 1990s) to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... For other uses, see Mardi Gras (disambiguation). ... Pancakes with strawberry syrup and black currants Shrove Tuesday is the term used in the United Kingdom,[1] Ireland,[2] and Australia[3] to refer to the day after Shrove Monday (or the more old fashioned Collop Monday) and before Ash Wednesday (the liturgical season of Lent begins on Ash...

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History

It began on June 24, 1978 as a protest march and commemoration of the Stonewall Riots. Although the organisers had obtained permission, this was revoked, and the march was broken up by the police. Many of the marchers were arrested. Although most charges were eventually dropped, the Sydney Morning Herald published the names of those arrested in full, leading to many people being outed to their friends and places of employment, and many of those arrested lost their jobs as homosexuality was a crime in New South Wales until 1984. is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The Stonewall riots were a series of violent conflicts between New York City police officers and groups of gay and transgender people that began during the early... ... While outing often refers to an outdoor excursion, in the late twentieth century the term acquired an additional meaning: taking someone out of the closet - that is, publicising that someone is gay. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... NSW redirects here. ...


The event was held again in 1979, with the name changed to the "Sydney Gay Mardi Gras". In 1980 the first post-parade dance party was introduced, and in 1981 the parade was shifted to February. An increasingly large number of people not only participated in the event, but larger numbers of the wider community turned out to watch the parade. In 1988 the parade was renamed the "Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras".


The parade, whilst featuring many in the gay community with a penchant for exotic costumes and dance music, has always retained a political edge, with often witty visual commentary on their political opponents featuring in the floats. As homosexuality became more and more accepted in the wider community, more gay representatives of community groups and organisations have taken part in the parade, including the police force. The parade features a number of costumed characters that return for many successive years. Dykes on Bikes and Miss New Zealand are perfect examples of regular crowd favourites.


Opposition

Mardi Gras has continued to attract political opposition from various, mainly conservative Christian, sources. Each year the event is held, Fred Nile, a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council and a former minister of the Uniting Church in Australia, leads this opposition with a prayer for rain on the event. The march is often attended by conservative Christian activists bearing signs with messages such as "Jesus still loves you". In 2006 the cross-campus student float violently stole one such sign and carried it along with them as "an gesture against homophobic religious fundamentalism". Frederick John Nile (born 15 September 1934), Australian politician and clergyman, is a member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, Australia. ... The Legislative Council, or upper house, is one of the two chambers of the parliament of New South Wales in Australia. ... Logo of the UCA The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) was formed on June 22, 1977 when the Methodist Church of Australasia, Presbyterian Church of Australia and Congregational Union of Australia came together under the Basis of Union document. ...


Criticism of Sydney's Mardi Gras was perhaps at its strongest during the early years of the AIDS crisis, and reached another crescendo when in 1994 the national broadcaster, ABC, telecast the parade for the first time (a huge ratings success for the network). JJJ radio has broadcast the event live across the nation a number of times as well. For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ... Double J redirects here. ...


Support

Political support has come from a number of local and federal politicians such as Senators Natasha Stott Despoja and Penny Wong, Members of the House of Representatives Anthony Albanese and Tanya Plibersek and the present Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Natasha Stott Despoja Natasha Jessica Stott Despoja (born 9 September 1969), Australian politician, has been an Australian Democrats member of the Australian Senate for South Australia since November 1995. ... Penny Wong Penelope Ying-yen Penny Wong (born November 5, 1968), Australian politician, has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian Senate since 2002, representing South Australia. ... Type Lower house Speaker of the House David Hawker, Liberal since November 16, 2004 Members 150 Political groups Liberal Party (74) ALP (60) National Party (12) Country Liberal Party (1) Last elections 9 October 2004 Meeting place Parliament House, Canberra, ACT Web site House of Representatives Entrance to the House... Anthony Albanese Anthony Norman Albanese (born 2 March Australian politician, has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1996, representing the Division of Grayndler, New South Wales. ... Tanya Plibersek Tanya Joan Plibersek (born 2 December 1969), Australian politician, has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1998, representing the Division of Sydney, New South Wales. ... Clover Moore is an Australian independent politician. ...


The parade travels along most of Oxford Street which is closed to traffic. The crowds can begin to appear at midday on the day of the parade and by 8 pm crowds can be several people deep. Though it has rained on several Mardi Gras parades (notably with heavy downpours prior to, and drizzle during, the parade in 1995, and heavy rain fall during the parade in 2004), this has never stopped the parade. Oxford Street, Darlinghurst Oxford Street is a major thoroughfare in Sydney, Australia, running from Whitlam Square on the south-east corner of Hyde Park in the central business district of Sydney to Bondi Junction in the Eastern Suburbs. ...


The event was somewhat popular and lucrative in the 1990s. An evaluation of the 1998 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras estimated the event injected AUD99 million into the NSW state economy.[1] In the 2000s the Mardi Gras organisation struck financial trouble, nearing a permanent end until an anonymous benefactor arose to provide financial support. This has been attributed by some to poor financial management, but others in the gay community have claimed that these events indicated that homosexuality has "gone mainstream" and is now so integrated into the wider suburban Australian community that the need to band together for such events is declining. Another explanation has been Australia's ongoing public liability crisis, which has seen massive insurance premiums impose a significant burden on community and public events, if not preventing them. However, Mardi Gras still receives some public support, and the event may remain a part of Sydney culture for some time. Domestic credit to private sector in 2005 Corporate finance is an area of finance dealing with the financial decisions corporations make and the tools and analysis used to make these decisions. ... Look up mainstream in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Liability insurance is a part of the general insurance system of risk transference. ...


The after parade party is one the largest ongoing party events in the country. Mardi Gras post-Parade Party attendances at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion / Royal Hall of Industries peaked in 2000 with 24,000 tickets sold [2]. In the years since 17,000 to 20,000 tickets are consistently sold, an extraordinary explosion since the first Parade Ball held in 1980 at the Paddington Town Hall, a BYO event which attracted 700 guests. The Hordern as it is affectionally known by Sydneysiders, has been an architectually and socially significant Sydney landmark since its construction in 1924. ...


Mardi Gras today

Fair Day 2007 "Sea of Hearts" artwork in the park
Fair Day 2007 "Sea of Hearts" artwork in the park

February is Mardi Gras time in Sydney. In 2007, the festival runs from 2 February to 3 March. Normally, the launch is held at the Sydney Opera House, but organisers have decided to gradually reveal the venue by SMS (text messages) to the public. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 565 pixel Image in higher resolution (2941 × 2076 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 565 pixel Image in higher resolution (2941 × 2076 pixel, file size: 2. ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ...


The festival's live entertainment including cabarets, comedy, music and theatre. The 14th Mardi Gras Film Festival will showcase 10 gay and lesbian films. There are many literature and arts events, forum and conferences to attend between the many social activities. Individual and team sports have always been a part of the festival.


Fair Day, which is held mid festival at Victoria Park, is a day-time event attended by 65,000. The following weekend, the same park hosts the Pool Party. It commences just before sunset and there is non-stop entertainment for 1000 lycra-clad guests. Victoria Park and Lake Northam Victoria Park is a large park in Sydney, situated on the corner of Parramatta road and City road, between the University of Sydney and Broadway Shopping Centre. ... Lycra is INVISTAs trademark for a synthetic polyurethane-based elastane textile with elastic properties of the sort known generically as spandex. As with other spandex materials, Lycra is commonly used in athletic or active clothing, such as clothes for cycling, swimwear, leotards and dancewear, as well as in underclothes. ...


On Saturday 3 March, the Parade wound its way from Hyde Park, through the heart of gay and lesbian Sydney, to the biggest dance party in Australia. The main theme for 2007 was "Objects of Love". Boy George was supported by many local and other international DJs till the early hours. There were also live performances from Young Divas, Paul Mac, Bob Downe, Vanessa Wagner, Katie Noonan and other artists. The parade was featured in an episode of the MTV reality show The Real World: Sydney, during which four cast members attended the festivities. is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... |Hyde Park A Fig-lined avenue in Hyde Park Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park, Sydney Hyde Park is a large park in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... George Alan ODowd, better known as Boy George (born June 14, 1961 in Eltham, London) is a rock singer-songwriter and Club DJ. George grew up in a large, working-class Irish family, which originated in Thurles, in Co. ... Young Divas are an Australian girl group consisting of former Australian Idol contestants Paulini Curuenavuli, Emily Williams, and Season 3 winner Kate DeAraugo. ... Paul Mac (born Paul McDermott) is a musician, producer and remixer from Sydney, Australia. ... Mark Trevorrow is an Australian comedian, television host and media personality. ... Katie Noonan is an Australian singer-songwriter. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the fortunes of real life people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed. ...


For many years a fully themed, magazine style guide with information on all events has been produced, and a multi-disc compilation album is often released in conjunction with the festival. A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ...


References

  1. ^ (Marsh, I. & Levy, S. (1998) Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: Economic Impact Statement 1998 Sydney, Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Ltd)
  2. ^ Pinkboard

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (534 words)
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is an annual parade and pride festival for the gay and lesbian community in Sydney, Australia.
Though it has rained on several Mardi Gras parades (notably with heavy downpours prior to, and drizzle during, the parade in 1995 and in 2004), this has never stopped the parade.
Criticism of Sydney's Mardi Gras was perhaps at its strongest during the early years of the AIDS crisis, and reached another crescendo when in 1994 the national broadcaster, ABC, telecast the parade for the first time (a huge ratings success for the network).
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