Two friends get together at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

One of Sydney’s most colourful events – perhaps THE most colourful – is the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. And this year, 2012, was no exception. The grand parade is always outstanding, but I wanted to look for something different.

So I set out with my faithful Samsung phone-cam and went behind the scenes, shooting in black and white.

I was most welcome (despite being straight!) as I wandered around the side streets ahead of the parade. Some of the sights I came across were mind-boggling, reminding me of the bizarre movie sets prepared by Fellini.

I’ve posted other shots on Flickr. This one is just a sample!

 

Every time I step out of my door in Sydney these days it seems there’s ‘something going on’ within walking distance – the ‘Under the Blue Moon Festival’, a mobile dance party moving to the beat through the back streets of Newtown and now I present, in all its flair and colour, the Mardi Gras Fair.

Being straight, I felt woefully out of place as I wandered around with my camera, but they were all very kind to me and let me take my pictures. Many people brought their dogs, so I thought two of three of them deserved pride of place in my photo gallery.

So, without further ado, as the pictures speak for themselves, have a look at the gallery and do what many people told me to do…enjoy!

Hound Dawg Having a Gay Old Time at the Mardi Gras Fair

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