Art of Woman

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Last weekend I went with my husband to Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. What a wonderful celebration of human sexuality and joy in diversity. It was a vibrant festival of light and colour. What impressed me was the range of groups participating - friends, businesses, gyms, clubs, police, defence, nurses, schools and even churches. The floats were varied and exciting. Many groups made elaborate costumes of various fantasy themes. Some of the costumes were very bold. Gay and Lesbian people often have important things to say about bodies, sexuality and gender. They know their views are not mainstream, so they challenge mainstream ideas of sexual love and expression. Many gay and lesbian people have had to think about meaning and desire. Their views can be refreshingly honest, cutting through habits and euphemisms to the heart of issues.

Unfortunately many mainstream people just follow trends without challenging the justice of their behaviour or attitudes.

The event was attended by thousands of people. The crowd was friendly and well behaved, people were joyful, having a great time celebrating life. There was no pushing or shoving. I wore a costume that I made. It was a bit adventurous for me, but was completely suitable for Mardi Gras! I felt completely safe the whole time walking around Sydney city centre and catching trains.


Topless dykes on bikes, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Photo copyright Margaret Kalms



A float from a group from San Francisco, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Photo copyright Margaret Kalms



A muscle man and a globe float, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Photo copyright Margaret Kalms



A colourful float, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Photo copyright Margaret Kalms