This past weekend we checked out Sydney’s Mardi Gras celebration, which is basically the city’s version of the gay pride parade. With over 10,000 participants and more than 500,000 spectators it’s a real spectacle that rivals the likes of New York and San Francisco. However, unlike what I’ve seen anywhere else, it’s really viewed as a community event. Regardless of whether or you’re gay or straight, people seem to support it. There were signs in every coffee shop and restaurant wishing people a happy Mardi Gras (and not just in the hip neighborhoods).
Here’s just one example. Check out this ATM from our new bank ANZ (pronounced ai, en, zed), which is a huge corporate institution and just one of Mardi Gras’ big sponsors:
Although Mardi Gras is actually celebrated at the end of each summer over the course of several weeks, we only saw the culmination, which was the parade. We didn’t make it to the after party (which is supposed to get more than 25,000 people at $135 a head), but will add it to our list next year when we actually know some people to go with.
Here are a few pics of the parade. They don’t do it justice since they were taken at night, but at least you can see some of the highlights:
Already looking forward to seeing this again next year.