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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sydney celebrates Mardi Gras

This Saturday Sydney celebrated the „Mardi Gras Festival”, a Gay and Lesbian Festival which lasted for more than a week, included parties and activities such as a “Drag Queen race” at Bondi Beach and which ended with the celebration of the Mardi Gras Parade. 
Compared to the Thanksgiving Parade I saw in NYC, Mardi Gras Parade was more colorful and extraordinary. More than that, the action at Mardi Gras was not only taking place in the “stage” area. At Mardi Gras, the observing crowd seems to be more exciting than the parade itself (even though it lasted 2 hours!!!). Many people who come to see the parade are gay or lesbian, have visited the festival several times and thus feel emotionally attached with it. As if it was New Year’s eve or your birthday, people wish each other “Happy Mardi Gras” and celebrate it together. It seems as if the whole town was pink. 

What I liked most about Mardi Gras was the costumes. In Germany and other European countries we wear costumes for "Fastnacht" or "Fasching", in Brasil, especially Rio de Janeiro is famous for its carnival. Carnival has its origin in christianism, while in the US you wear costumes for Halloween (celebrating evil spirits or something like that?). However, in Sydney people dress up for the gays :) Like it!

Here's my voting of the best costumes of Mardi Gras parade.

here are some more fallen angels which weren't as cool as the smoking angel:

Feel free to give your opinion about it! Do you love/ hate wearing costumes?


TexaGermaNadian said...

AWESOME! I bet ya'll had a great time. And those are some great costumes. I know those Aussies really know how to party :)

Tara, in 3 Parts said...

I *love* dressing up/wearing costumes. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays here in the US and I also enjoy theme parties :)

Franzi said...

thanx lindsey!!
never been to a theme party :( but i love dressing up as well!!

tara, as who did u dress up for halloween and how much money did u spend for the costume?

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