C’est La Vie at Sydney’s Mardi Gras
The parties and the festivities that surround the Mardi Gras in Sydney is awesome. The parties are much bigger than the actual Mardi Gras parade that is held on March 3rd. The day was created and authorised by the Australian government after a series of protests in 1978. It is now part of the cultural heritage of the country.
The History of In Sydney
After a lot of struggle the Gay and Lesbian protestors were able to fight their way to keeping the Mardi Gras and making it official as well. In the year 1978, a group of supports were hosting celebrations for the Mardi Gras and were arrested by the police. That year marked the year that reformed and built a stronger LGBTQ community in Australia. The very next year, there was a law that was passed not to allow the celebrations and the law allowed for official arrests to be made as well. In protest, over 3000 people walked for the Mardi Gras Parade in Sydney and there were no incidents because of it.
In the year 1980, the parties grew a little bigger and bolder and slowly the community grew and branched out. Today’s Mardi Gras came at a cost of a lot of protests and severe beatings. The news media covering the Mardi Gras brought in hundreds of thousands of people from all over Australia and essentially the world to be a part of the support. In fact, the event is so huge tody that over $30 million is raised during the parade and the after parties.
The Unique Parties
The main Mardi Gras party is the biggest event that surrounds the day. Every famous headlining artist can be expected to perform at this party. Finding a ticket to this is however a huge task. Over 12,000 people from all over the world and Australia attend the party. The pomp and splendour are remarkable and quite the experience.
A few people put together a few milk crates and hosted a small party in a little lane. This grew in magnitude and hundreds of people now attend the Laneway. There are a large array of restaurants and pubs nearby that people visit and enjoy the music as well. Many local and international DJs headline at the Laneway and spend night after night, celebrating the right to live freely.
The Epic Stations
There are several well-known areas in Sydney that host Mardi Gras centred specials. The Carriage-works in Redfern, a popular mid suburb in Sydney, hosts underground ballrooms specifically for the Mardi Gras. Several local artists are attracted to the venue and the throngs of crowd are enveloped in the music and dance. The crown that attends the Sissy Ball is diverse and very welcoming to the visitor as well.
The Mardi Gala at the Opera house is another epic performance that you can’t miss. The gala hosts well known artists in prime and middle stage of the Sydney opera House. The whole harbour city is lit with the colourful display that the gala showcases and the post-show parties are quite a spectacle as well.
Clubs such as the Ivy, Oxford Hotel and Oxtravaganza are some places that you can expect to find events at. From glamourous pool parties to burlesque dancers and live bands these places have it all. If you want to be a part of the fun in some way, the only place you need to visit on Mardi Gras is Darlinghurst for all the fun.