The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival is here!! YAAAS! Mardi Gras has a proud 39-year history of highlighting and fostering rights and equality for LGBTQI individuals and communities. In 2017 the aim is to celebrate all that has been achieved, and shine the spotlight brightly on ways we can all work together to eliminate discrimination and prejudice in all its forms. The even is run over 2 weeks from 17th February to 5th March 2017 with many events happening daily and the major parade on Saturday, March 4th 2017. So if you haven't booked your flights yet, you're going to be sorry when you miss out - They don't call it 'Gay Christmas' for nothing!!
The spectacular Mardi Gras Festival will showcase the amazing LGBTQI diversity and difference, and unity. The theme for this year is Creating Equality and the aim is to highlight areas in which the LGBTQI community is still not treated equally... By its very definition, EQUALITY ensures everyone is treated fairly and equally - and no-one is discriminated against for their sexuality, sex, gender identity, race, beliefs, age or abilities.
Ok, enough of the politics, time for some fun! If you haven't already checked out the events calendar you should do that NOW! With parties such as the 'Heaps Gay Street Party', 'Apollo The Party', 'Sharon Needles Live at the Hunty Party', plus honor THE Queens at 'Bar Kylie' and 'Madonna Summer Festival' your dance card will certainly be full!
Why not start at the Flag Raising Ceremony dressed from head to toe in our HUGE rainbow collection. Start off with a rainbow dress or shirt - or for something a bit more daring, a rainbow corset and hot pants. Add a pair of groovy Rainbow Gogo boots available to hire or rainbow thigh hi socks finally topping it off with a fabulous Rainbow cape and mask.
Next, head to the EqualiTEA Party and engage in discussions across a diverse range of queer-centric topics, as an eclectic line-up of leading guest speakers from around the world share their inspirational stories. Following the discussion, will be a refreshing afternoon tea and a sneaky glass of bubbles, served by glamorous Sydney drag hostess, Hannah Conda. Personally I wouldn't be able to resist going to a Tea Party without dressing up... Feed your inner child and dress in our range of Alice in Wonderland costumes. From the Mad Hatter, to the Queen of Hearts, to TweedleDee & TweedleDum, you'll surely be able to find something as you fall down the rabbit hole.
Don't forget your Superhero outfit for the Papa Party or your best glitz and glamour of the 70's, 80's and 90's for T Dance presents 'De Ja Vu'. You'll also need to pack your cone bra for the Madonna Summer Festival and gold hot pants for Bar Kylie. You can then hit up the Sydney shopping district and don your best sparkly Disco Jumpsuit and jumbo afro wig for the World Square Disco Shopping experience - It's going to be a Disco Inferno!! You can re-wear your outfit from the flag raising ceremony for the 'Rainbow Run' and don't forget a Flapper Dress and fishnets for the 'Little Black Dress Run'. Finally to cool off, you can head to the 'Kiki Pool Party' and 'Mardi Gras Pool Party' in our range of Baywatch costumes and accessories - Wow! Your suitcase is going to be bursting at the seams with all your packed costume changes!
Once the Parade rolls around you best be prepared for gorgeous floats with even more gorgeous people atop! Get ready for a magical night of shedding inhibitions and sharing magical moments the world’s biggest and most iconic parade of sparkles and self-expression. So, meet some great new people, dance and don't forget to SISSY THAT WALK!!
Images of thigh high boots, fishnets, tutus, hot pants, sailor hats, police hats, feathered headdresses and fabulous feather boas, corset & bustles, collars & cuffs, neon beads, brightly coloured wigs, OTT lashes and Glittery Elton John Glasses all springs to mind to wear during the parade - All of which can be found at Disguises Costumes. There's no limit as to where your imagination can take you.