Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2007 Graffiti Wall 2

The Mardi Gras Festival is barely a week old and already I have been to five festival events and one that was so gay it should have been. There are two more events tonight. The rest of my festival looks similarly busy culminating with the Parade and Party. I'll be doing theatre, music, film, art, talk and of course partying. Whew! Many events are already sold out, so it is best to book early.

For the parade this year I am doing something different. I have been in the parade probably 15 times, the last two years with the Boys on Bikes (Kawasaki ZZR600). This year I will be marshalling. If you want the best view and a discount party ticket then you can still volunteer here.

The other big big event still coming up is Fair Day on 18th February. A wonderful day in Victoria Park with shopping, eating, drinking, eye candy and shows. What more could a proud community member want! A party? Well then, head off to the official Fair Day after party at the newly renovated Bank Hotel.

Please feel free to talk about all the Mardi Gras events. Tell us which you have bought tickets for and are look forward to. Tell us what gets you excited. Tell us how good it was for you.


Mardi Gras Graffiti Wall 2007 #1
Mardi Gras Graffiti Wall 2006 #1, #2
Mardi Gras home page and festival calendar

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Currently listening to: Spinning Around - Miss Minogue
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love ya work panther
keep the mardi fever alive!
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yup I have to agree, between countdown boy and Panther even the resident nay-sayer has been convinced to go to the party.
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Currently listening to: Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
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Club Arak was Fabulous
Club Arak was fantastic last night - congratulations to everyone involved in putting it on. The mix of arabic music, sultry sexy boys and a good venue worked brilliantly.

This has to become a 'must-do' event on the Mardi Gras Calender (but next year get in early as it sold out a few days before the event).

Off to 'Hats Off' at Starcity tonight - another favourate Mardi Gras event.
Mardi Gras Lover - A New Club Arak Convert - Replies: 1

Volunteer Party Tickets
Hello All,

I have volunteered to be a parade marshal this year and would like to know if anybody can tell me what normally happens with regard to party tickets for volunteers. There has been no mention of it in the emails from NMG to volunteers. As this year looks like it may sell out, I don't want to miss out, but would like to get a discounted ticket if it is available. Thought I would post here before asking NMG, as I am sure they are very busy at the moment, and I don't want it to look like the reason I have volunteered is for a cheap ticket (I genuinely want to contribute to the community).

Thanks everyone, see you at the Parade and Party!!!
Currently listening to: Love is Stronger than Pride - M Mayer (Nyana-Tiesto)
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iOTA .... what a talent!

Kids, beg, borrow, steal and see this guy sparkle, shimmer and burn the stage like no-one you know!

I'm still reeling from the experience.

NMG, thank you for bringing him back to Sydney.

Off to book more tickets to see him again, ciao!
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Club Arak was great. I have been a number of times now and it is always lots of fun. The dance floor really goes off, and there is plenty of space outside to chill and chat. The music just makes you want to move.
Currently listening to: Ya Habibi - lots
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GRUMPY OLD SERIES
Hey BBC, maybe you can get together with ABC and ad to your 'Grumpy Old' series with two, maybe three more episodes. You could include 'Grumpy Old Poof's', 'Grumpy Old Dyke's' and 'Grumpy Old Mardi Gras'.

I am sure you will find plenty of candidates for these episodes through the Graffiti Walls on Pinkboard.

And you could show them next year during Mardi Gras' 30th Anniversary Festival/Party season.

And to top it all off, we could have a Great Debate with the Grumpy Old Farts vs the Whiny Young Welps on "What Mardi Gras Means To Me". What ya think NMG?

Looking forward to it.......
Currently listening to: Forever Young - Alphaville
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I guess NMG read this site! Question answered. Discounted ticket for volunteers if you attend the briefing and actually help. Ticket is issued on the night.

See you at the party and parade!!!
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Hedwig has now been extended to 4 March
http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=HEDWIGAN07

Apparantly every show last week sold out, so get in quick!

BTW - Hats Off last night was fantastic (aside from a few audio problems early on), and was only a few tickets short of a sellout and apparantly raised well over $40,000 for ACON. Congratulations to Trevor Ashley, Laurence Stark and Craig Renshaw and all the performers, musicians and others who donated their time and talent.

There were so many highlights it's hard to single them out, but Trevor/Cleo delivered a showstopper with Everybody's Girl, and Margi de Ferranti brought the house down with The World Goes Round. The boys from Priscilla doing the Cell Block Tango was pretty special too, as was Genevieve Lemon stealing Caroline O'Connor's 'moment' with All That Jazz. Finishing the night with Geraldine Turner and Nancye Hayes reprising their roles from the original 1981 Australian production of Chicago was almost too much for a (not so) old show queen who was too young too see it the first time round :-)

(Although realising that last night was the 10th Hats Off! I've attended was a little scary)

Tomorrow night - Short Story Competition winners event.
Currently listening to: Nowadays - Geraldine Turner and Nancye Hayes
CeeJay Confirmed - there's men everywhere, jazz everywhere, booze everywhere, life everywhere, joy everywhere - nowadays -

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Currently listening to: Human - Human League
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MG
How many MG TIX are they selling this year? How many has been sold so far?
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Currently listening to: All For You - Janet Jackson
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not sure on total numbers but we got ours on the weekend and they were in the 5000's
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I thought I read something about 16,000 ? but be nice if I'm wrong.
As for ticket numbers in the 5,000 , it seems to be traditional that a lot buy only a week or so before a
party now.
Everyone of my friends is going and I cant wait for the
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*sigh*

I thought this has been explained time and time again but here we go once more.

each ticketing venue has an allocation of tickets all with different number ranges. Just because your tickets have a certain number on them, doesn't mean that's the number that has been sold so far.

We got our yesterday and our tickets are in a lower number range. Also there may be a different number range for members tickets and non-members tickets (not sure but it's very likely).

I was told by someone in the know that tickets will sell out before the day of the party, hence the reason I got mine this week.

Don't leave it to the last minute guys & gals, this is going to be a huge party and you don't want to miss out!
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yeah we brought ours and tick is in mid 5000's
Currently listening to: I wanna F*** u - snoop dogg (blu carpet treatment)
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got my tix today...
mine were in the mid 9000s... and seem to be moving fast. The ticket office was busy and looked more like a gay bar! The fever is on peoples.
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STOP THE PRESS!!!
Just heard on an SMS i received that the parade and party have been moved to Sunday afternoon to accomodate a DJ's schedule!!!!
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What rubbish. Ticketek venues are linked by computer otherwise they wouldn't be able to verify if you are a member or not. The ticketing is sequential.
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Showgirls
Does anyone know why Showgirls has been cancelled? Got a call from Tickmaster today to let me know but when I asked why they said they didn't have any information.
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When I got my Club Arak tickets last week I showed my BF and said how ell the tickets were selling as we had ticket number 102101. There didn't seem to be that many people at the party.
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me too...mine said 19,000
And there were people queing around the block ..lol
go mardi gras go!
no.... go!
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Apparently ticket sales are way ahead of the same point last year so expect it to sell out people!
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Absolutely everyone that I know is going this year! It is definately going to sell out! Cannot wait!
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would assume that more tickets are on sale than last year as they have added more venues. I would guess 17,000 - 18,000? have mine as there is no way in the world im missing freemasons and young divas
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Currently listening to: Crystal - Elton John
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From the Mardi Gras website:

STOP PRESS! Media Release
Due to circumstances beyond their control the Producers of SHOWGIRLS LIVE have had to cancel the show scheduled for the State Theatre on Wed 21st February.
The Producers have every intention of remounting the production in the future but at this stage are unable to proceed.

They'd like to thank you for your support and apologise for any inconvenience caused.


That's a pity. Oh well, will look forward to seeing it some time in the future...

BTW, the Short Story Competition at the Colombian last night had a great crowd, and a very high standard of winners. The winning stories will be published shortly by http://www.gay-ebooks.com.au/

I'm having a festival-free night tonight (so far...) Off to 10 Days On Earth at the Sydney Opera House tomorrow night.
http://www.mardigras.org.au/calendar_detail.cfm?id=102

My Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake tickets arrived yesterday - *really* looking forward to that one!
http://www.mardigras.org.au/calendar_detail.cfm?id=112
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Whats with the webcast?
Since when did MG have a interest in broadcasting the parade?

Whats the whole idea with diversifying into tv?

In recent years the free-tv coverage was sloppy and granted that TV1 has done a immense amount to better the cause, what makes you think people are going to pay money to see the parade streamed to their loungeroom.

Previous years people have tried this concept and it hasn't worked. The mardigras site states that they will using their media partner viocorp. Why re-invent the wheel when they can just licence the TV1 Broadcast, they produce tv not BOREDroom videoconfrencing?

What does everyone think about this - if it's broadcast on the net it should at least be free, making people pay for it is again cutting off members of our community. Particularly closeted youth...

This is something that MG does very well...
Gloria - Replies: 1, 2, 3

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Here we go again. Someone's found a new thing to complain about.

What do you mean "since when did MG have a interest in broadcasting the parade"? For a few years there it was being broadcast on channel 10!

I hardly think that a pay per view webcast is "cutting off members of our community" if it's never been done before! This is something new and it's getting the message out there to wider audience than ever before. This stuff aint cheap so I doubt they will make any money from the $10.
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Also I think the webcast is aimed more at international audiences who wouldn't see it on Australian free to air TV in any case. If you look at the Mardi Gras website they provide international broadcast times plus cost in US dollars.

Sounds like a good idea to me.
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icket Numbers and MG
Sorry, "What Rubbish", I work for a ticketing agency and the other person (sigh)is correct when they say that the ticket number has nothing to do with the tickets sales to date.Tickets are certainly distributed in blocks. Its to do with cost centres,agency turnover etc. However the fact that there are tickets numbered up to 19000 is a sign that things are going well for Mardi Gras to date.
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Currently listening to: I want the world - Two Thirds
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It's not a new way to complain about something at all. It's a opinion. If everyone can whine about the launch two weeks on then I can voice my opinion!

It is cutting off members of our community. When I was young and growing up, MG cut me off because I wasnt 18.

The parade has been broadcast freely on ABC/TEN and on TV1 every year now. The only coverage on freetv atm is highlights packages.

Youth look to MG and the parade is a big part of it. I dont know about you but I personally would not have been able to tell my parents I needed their credit card information to watch a MG parade on the internet.

It's very cheap to stream. Viostream has partnering with Akamai who are a peering telehouse. This effectivley minimises half the load issues with webcasts as their are local mirrors in every city it's being watched. It's not a issue of cost, it's a money making opportunity (and very little at that) and I think it's sad that MG has again cut off their own audience.

"Here we go again?" Turn your hearing aid down if you don't like the feedback love...
Gloria H - Replies: 1

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Didn't you hear the news? NMG has decided that next year's Launch will be held online. No need to worry about how many people turn up then!

Seriously though, it just sounds like another ill-thought out idea to raise some revenue. Overseas visitors don't know that theyll be getting a crappy coverage and even when they do, NMG isn't likely to care that they've alienated that bunch of people as well.
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So what to wear?

Having a MAJOR fashion crisis at the moment. Do I wear a little black number or go all glitz and glamour?
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How on earth can you "cut off members of our community" if the webcast service has NEVER been offered before. By definition nothing has been cut off and in fact a new service has been added.

"Overseas visitors don't know that theyll be getting a crappy coverage and even when they do, NMG isn't likely to care "... do we really even need to respond to such a ridiculous comment?
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From the BeatFM website...
"...As you know Beat FM Online will be broadcasting this year's Mardi Gras parade from the balcony of the Flinders Hotel, and in addition to our hostess with the mostest, Sandy Bottom and DJ Rob Marshall (who will mix it up throughout the parade itself) we have confirmed a who's who of Sydney's best DJ's to get you in the mood for Australia's biggest gay event.

Starting off with Alex Taylor between 3 and 4pm, then Justin Scott between 4 and 5pm, followed by Mark Alsop between 5 and 6pm.

This year will be the best web broadcast by far!!!"
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After 20 years of these parties - comfortable
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"do we really even need to respond to such a ridiculous comment?" Apparently you did...

Payment for 'webcast' *cough cough* is via paypal. To pay via paypal you must hold a valid credit card. To hold a credit card you must be over the age of 18 years.

Any young queer person or even a questioning person wanting to know more won't be able to see it. (Legally anyway until people start posting rips of content on youtube)

Cut Cut Cut.
Do your research first and stop picking about everything. Smarty pants...

Its not new at all - BeatFM have had a webcam out a window for years. MG thought they could make money off it...
Gloria H - Replies: 1

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"DJ Rob Marshall"

Now there's a name I haven't heard from the days of the Taxi Club!
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Providing a high quality webcast does cost money - not only ensuring sufficient bandwidth to guarantee availability, but also to set up the production on site.

Everyone is always telling New Mardi Gras they need to broaden their income streams beyond the parties and this looks like a sensible way of doing it.

I'm sure they'd rather be earning money from TV rights from a big broadcaster and be transmitted into every house in the country. Unfortunately that won't happen till the Parade is back to the standard it used to be and that is up to all of us, not New Mardi Gras.

Who here is going to be in the Parade? Now that's a useful way to contribute.
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Currently listening to: Long Train Running - Bananarama
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Go nude, El Nakedo....it gets the most attention and is extremely cost effective on the budget. Plus it can make a lasting impression.

Signed,
Phantom of the Mardi Gras
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Yeah but if they really wanted to make money off it they could have used queerTV who always donate their stuff to mg. Oh well, next year.

What a great way to sum it up though...

" Unfortunately that won't happen till the Parade is back to the standard it used to be and that is up to all of us, not New Mardi Gras."

Totally! However, I think it is up to NMG to but the leader back in leadership before the sheep follow. Let's hope the 30th birthday has a national tv parade broadcast.

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Mardi Gras Party
Will there be a darkroom of such at Mardi Gras party this year.......been missing then heaps.
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It feels like Mardi Gras time at last - aka The Film Festival has started
After being disappointed with the lame launch this year I was wondering if that Festival February feeling would ever kick in. Well I'm glad to say that I had a great time at the Film Festival Opening last night.

The standard was pretty much quite high this time around and most of the film hit the mark. It was great that one film would make us all laugh out loud, and then the next would make us feel something completely different.

Stand outs this year for me were:

Australian Tails - very funny and put us all in the mood to laugh for the rest of the night.

The Manual - interesting, sad and serious film that was very well made.

Seeya Rach - A great film that just goes to show you don't need a huge budget to make something memorable. I felt like I knew the one actress who appeared on screen for the entirety of the film. And a great twist at the end that don't think anyone saw coming. (and a great opening line to the film when you think back on it).

Prada Handbag - So funny and warm. It really was "queer" film in that the central character wasn't a homo, but was definitely one of us!

I'm really glad that Prada Handbag won the audience particiption award. In the past these awards tend to go to the people with the most friends in the audience, but it was good to see that the film that got the loudest applause from friends wasn't necessarily the overall audience favourite. A well deserved win for them!

Well done Queerscreen on your opening night. Look forward to seeing more of the Film Festival over the next couple of weeks.

PS. Does anyone know which of the films made it onto the DVD this year?

PPS. After 14 years of the My Queer Career competition, it would be great if they could to a retrospective DVD so we can relive some of the winners and standouts from the past.
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UAC djs
have the UAC dj winners been announced?
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Mister S and Tim Graham
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Yeah we get it Gloria... not everyone has access to a credit card. My point is that since the service has never been offered before Mardi Gras are not suddenly cutting off a section of the community. The poor in the closet under 18's at home with thier parents have never had access to the parade.

The alternate view is that this service opens the parade up to a worldwide audience who have never had access to the parade before.

Im getting tired of people who always go straight for the negative and want everything for free! It costs a tonne of money to put the parade on so good on Mardi Gras for trying to recover costs!
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I heard there's going to be a little "unannounced" surprise on the big night ! Hooray !
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DJ Times From MG Website
RHI
10.00-1.00 Jake Kilby B2B Greg Boladian
1.00-4.00 Freemasons
4.00-7.00 Paul Goodyear
7.00-10.00 Dan Murphy

Forecourt
10.00-12.00 Mister S
12.00-2.00 Renae Stanton
2.00-4.00 Tim Graham
4.00-6.00 Scott Pullen
6.00-8.00 Sista P
4.00-8.00 Kyla Sexton (Live Vocalist)
8.00-10.00 Alex Taylor

Hordern
10.00-1.00 Sveta
1.00-3.00 Boy George
3.00-6.00 Mike Kelly
6.00-10.00 Mandy Rollins and Feisty

Dome
10.00-12.30 Seymour Butz with Gemma
12.30-1.00 Paul Mac (live)
1.00-1.30 Sterogamous
1.30-2.15 The Presets (live)
2.15-4.15 Bang Gang DJ's
4.15-6.15 Ben Drayton
6.15-8.15 Mark Murphy

The Forum
10.00-12.00 Justin Scott
12.00-1.30 Bob Downe
1.30-3.00 Vanessa Wagner
3.00-6.00 David Hiscock
6.00-8.00 Jimmy Dee

Fuse Bar (Women's Space)
10.00-12.00 Madem J
12.00-2.00 Alexandra
2.00-4.00 Beaker
4.00-6.00 Beatrix

Fox and Lion
10.00-4.00 Craig-o-rama
12.30-1.00 Hosted by Courtney Act, Brielle Davis, Lesley Hancock & Sylvana
1.30-2.00 Hosted by Shauna Jensen, Jeremy Brennan & King Casual
2.30-3.00 Hosted By Claire De Lune, Fiona Leigh Jones & Keren Minshull
3.30-4.00 Hosted by Chelsea Bun, Hugh Monroe, Doreen Maganni & Darlene
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Retro Space butchered
I am really disappointed how the flow of the retro space is going to be butchered by Bob Downe and Vanessa Wagner from 12.00 - 3.00 in the Forum.

These persons are talented show people who from all accounts use the microphone heavily. Bob Downe in particular has been known to sing over tunes that he plays when he takes on a dj role.

I'm not sure at all that this is going to work.

As for me , well I'll explore the rest of the party till David Hiscock starts at 3am and then can get some serious retro music in without having the tunes sung over like a bad kareoke machine !
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what are the show times?
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Interactive party map
Check out the interactive party map that the've just posted on the website http://mardigras.org.au/map/
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Girls Room or Girls ONLY Room?
I'm a boy and my girlfriend likes to have fun with girls.
Is the Girls room at MG party for girls and their friends or girls ONLY this year? Last year I thought it all worked well from our perspective. I was in there with her at times and other times it was all hers (and her “new” friends), she is such a tease and flirt with such a tiny skirt on the podium.

I've been a happy member for well over 10 years
and have got our tickets.

count-down boy revs me up!
Love the member benefits.
Currently listening to: mariza ao vivo em lisboa
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Move on will you.

You cant have 1 hall totally to your satisfaction ! Vanessa and Bob have a following so there will be people there who love them ! No need to slag them just cause there not your cup of tea. How would you feel if someone came up to you at the party and said you dont fit so get lost ?????????????????????????????????????

You have the right idea though. Try the many other halls for those few hours. There are DJ's in the Hordern and Dome that I LOVE and others I am not fussed on but am very happy to move between halls with slagging off at the poor DJ's/Hosts.
Move around - Replies: 1

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Here we go again.

The Answer ? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Against the law.

Why do you need a dedicated spot pointed out to you to have some fun ?
Cant you have fun no matter where you are ?
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I have to agree with the original poster on this. I question the DJ'ing credentials of these performers and thought they would have been better as the shows in the retro space.

Where do they DJ on a weekly basis and why were they considered ahead of other REAL retro DJ's such as Rodney Deane from the Shift?
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Id like to see MG podcast the party as well.
Nice marketing tool. Multi cam action from all over.
Then we can see how bad we really look in the morning.
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I'll be there, thanks for asking! Just got my outfit together for the party, fly on Wednesday! YAY!
Jamesnsf
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mg has had videos made of all their partys
their on youtube
sleaze last year and the party last year
just doo a lil search
queer tv has party podcasts on their site
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And I have to disagree.

You version of retro is different to others ideas of
retro. Get it ?

Give them a go. If you dont like what they do , then go to one of the other 6 spaces.

Actually quite simple without having to question/slag our entertainers.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz - Replies: 1

can't wait kittens, we're flying in from zürich on friday. mg is going to be the best!
Currently listening to: hungry - kosheen
spiderkitten Confirmed -

bring in the double
how many peeps are doing the double = mg party + toybox?
looking forward to both parties...im one who "came home" grin to the party last year..and hope this year's will be good...i saw culture club way back in 1984 and now to see the boy at MG will be interesting.. i'll think about how i was then and how i am now and think about boy and how he is today compared to the old "beatlemania" days of 1984!..good to see him still punching or should that be "sweeping" go boy and glad to see you still involved in music in shape or form.. i hope everyone has a fun time..wherever..stay safe play safe..Happy MG..phoenixgirl
Currently listening to: Give me back my man - b-52's
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My point is they should have been given a go elsewhere, not at the years premier party when they don't have the credentials.

I'm not questioning their performing skills, in fact I've been to a number of Bob Downe shows and loved them all. Vanessa as well puts on a good show but NOT as a DJ.

Put both in the cabaret hall and it would have been brilliant fun. Putting them on as DJ's ahead of people who have paid their dues as DJ's is insulting.
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Vanessa, also known as Tobin Saunders, has been DJing for many years now - in particlar as a regular at Tropical Fruits. Credentials as a main party DJ? We think so.

The credentials of the nasty piece of work being a total bitch here? We think not.
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I suppose you cant please 16,000 people at the same time.

Poor NMG.
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So, who went and what was the verdict? I went with my girlfriend and met heaps of friends there. I had a go at the mechanical bull and fell off and practically broke my leg! :) Then we went around selling raffle tickets for Monika's Doggie Rescue for a couple of hours. Had a fab day, although felt that people could have been a little more generous with their money... still, I know there were a lot of charities there collecting and not everyone supports the charities that I do.... anyway, thanks Mardi Gras for a top day! I loved Fair Day and we had a fantastic day for it, weather-wise too... sucked in Fred Nile, you pigdog! :D
Currently listening to: talking - The Office
JGirl - Replies: 1

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I dont know about the ages of any of the people commenting here, but maybe they were too young to remember the 'Jamie and Vanessa' dance parties? I think Vanessa proved herself back then.
As for Bob doing voice overs, well perhaps he will, but if youre going to get seriously retro then thats how it was in the original discos - all voice overs and 'that was by's...
There didnt seem to be any complaints when the Dutch DJ (cant remember his name) actually stopped and chatted to the crowd several times during his set a few years back... The Hordern was packed to the rafters the whole time then.

If anything it sounds like the retro hall is going to be very different to the rest of the place for a few hours; not as serious or obsessive as the RHI, or as agro as the Hordern has been of late. Basically a lot of fun.

So lets see how it goes?

See you there :-)
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A good day and a good crowd of people. I was a silly billy though, I presumed that there would be buses again this year as in previous Fair Days. Not so, so after 20 minutes of standing near the Pleasure Chest( not a good look!), which also happens to be the bus stop on Oxford St I got the hint and took a cab from Oxford St. I didn't stay long as the sun was getting to me and most of the shady spots were taken.
It was still great to feel that vibe!!!
My gut instincts are telling me this is going to be a big Mardi Gras!!

Cheers,
TS
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Congrats to the Mardi Gras volunteers for organising a great day. I thought the crowd numbers seemed way up on previous years and noticed too that there each year there are more and more picnicers and people making a day of it... fantastic!

Well I guess all the whingers are wrong... Mardi Gras is as relevant to the community as ever.
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Fair Day

The crowds loved the shade of the fig trees.
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Fair Day
What a great day....well done Mardi Gras!
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Retro space finally right!
In the past the "Retro" has been cheesey house remixes of old tunes - and not really retro at all! Go Mardi Gras for putting on the Homo Icons! I first heard Vanessa Wagner dj in 1988 - with Ben Drayton. Bob used to dj in melbs in the 80s too. They are genius performers and will bring a spark to a much maligned space. We can here Roddy at the shift every week. Bob and Vanessa rule!!
Congrats on giving us The Best Part Line Up Ever!!!
Currently listening to: down down down and Hung hung hung! - the presets vs madonna
kiwi cub! - see you on friday Sydney! - Replies: 1, 2

How was the Bank after Fair Day? I heard it was packed to the rafters, but I was too bushed to make it...
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Outfits
so whats everyone thinking of wearing to the party
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i must nothing but agree! i think it is a great idea to have bob & vanessa playing classics with talking over it.
isnt it how djing started anyway? and arent they playing in the retro space? D'oh
it'll be nothing but fun.
i remember paul goodyear could pull out a set full of original 70s & 80s tracks. also remember walking into retro space once while jake kilby played - the original 12's.
and to be honest with you post helped me to made up my mind - i am going to MG. (also must say i sold my azure ticket after a very dissapointing line up was announced)
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This year was my first Fair Day, and I have to say that it was Awesome :) Thank you to everyone who made the event possible - the volunteers, the organisers, the performers, and the people at the stalls.
Mardi Gras Parade, here I come! :D
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And guess what ? someone elses point is...............
they cant wait for Vanessa and Bob.

So are we going to have slanging match over the Retro
Space ?
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Fair Day was the usual great and diverse mix that makes Sydney so famous. Shame the sound on the main stage was riddled with that screeching sound when a mic comes too close to a speaker. I asked the guy sitting out front why this happens and he said that it can happen anytime. Really? So I asked a mate who works in sound (and does many of our parties) and he asked what kind of desk was out front. There wasn't one I replied - just a laptop I said. Ah, that's the problem he said. "Since when will a $1200 laptop be able to give the operator the ability to quickly and properly fix eq issues (?) over a $10,000-100,000 proper sound desk designed for the job". Was this a cheap option? Shame as it affected many of the live acts on. The speeches were fine but not the musical parts.

Anyway I'm a bit of a sound nazi loving what is given to us at Mardi Gras and Toybox - hope there isn't cheap audio solutions being used for the rest of the Festival.
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Retro Space Butchered
A slanging match on the disco floor while on a cocktail of treats, fabulous!!!!. Or should we say murder on the dance floor??
The entertainment is getting better by the hour.
Should I start up bets??

punchin judy...
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As little as possible.

A red and white leather neckband and a light spray of baby oil all over the pecs, followed by some sic c thru camo hotpantz.

And a horse riding whip to spank myself silly when I feel lonely.

cant wait to get trashbagged baby
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when you walk with a microphone in front of most sound systems, this will happen. it usually more clever to place to microphone or speakers in the right place, but i guess there are other things you can do too
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Hey sound natzi, I agree... mardi gras have so done a cheap 'price is right deal' on audio production sofar with this festival. it's nice that we have guys that put on the party understand why you need a really expensive speaker system and not some garage junk that we saw everywhere on fair day.

what happened to the company that did it last year - i actually had a interest in the music then because it sounded good. my partner knows this little kid that does sound and apparently it was "some old fart with a beard"...

best left to the professionals i say... nobody likes a queeny screaming speaker, my ears are important to me...

sure everyones a critic but i've been to enough partys to know what sounds good. fair day didnt, regardless of the weather!
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Some of these new breed of "performers" need to learn microphone technique.

As an example, over the past few months I've done the sound at a venue while 2 singers who are involved in different shows during the MG festival, sang in the club.

One is a seasoned professional with great technique. Not once did we get any feedback and she helped me keep the mix of voice & music balanced by using her mic beautifully.

The other performer (who has a MASSIVE ego), flails his arms around all over the place resulting in the microphone pointing directly into the clubs speakers for more than 50% of his performance. Each time the inevitable feedback occurs, he shoots filthy looks at me or whoever is doing the sound at the time. Heaven help anyone who tries to give him tips or hints about what not to do as he seems to think he's a star of some sort.

Yes the sound setup at Fair Day wasn't great but the true performers had no problems dealing with it.
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I had a fantastic day at Fair Day and the After Party at the Bank Hotel went off! The volunteers who made this all possible are amazing - thanks guys and girls we had a ball!

Highlights for me were:
* The Pony winning in the dog show
* The bigger badder lounge tent
* All the new activities and performers this year

Everyone needs to rememeber how lucky we are to have a free event like this in Sydney.

Thank you New Mardi Gras and Volunteers, see you at the Pool Party.
Fair Day Fan - Loving Mardi Gras 2007 - Replies: 1

"You pay peanuts, you get monkeys"
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"I thought the crowd numbers seemed way up on previous years and noticed too that there each year there are more and more picnicers and people making a day of it... fantastic!"

So participation numbers ARE an indication of an events success?? Or aren't they?? or are they only when it suits you??

Just because lots of people turn up to fair day doesn't mean the rest of the festival is relevant to people.
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I would like to complain to Mardi Gras about the line up of this years party.

It is too good. Boy George // Paul Mac // BoB Downe // vanessa Wagner // The Presets // The Fremasons // DJ Gemma (club arak) // . . . . .

Why should we be subjected to such great talent?
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And can I just say that it would be nice for those who attended the free Fair Day to support the Party ? where the majority of $'s are made ?

I know so many that only do the free events , bitch about everything else and Pooh Pah's any idea of the
Party. No party then all your free events would not be held or would be so scaled down you could hold it in Taylor Square :)

This years MG has so much going for it and if you dont like the doof doof doof in the Halls then hang out in the Fox and Lion or Forecourt areas or Retro area.
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It will be mayhem at the party, I might bring a motorised scooter and wear a watch, so I can zoom zoom zoom tween venues 2 hear my fav dj's.

Its just 2 much all on 1 nite and with the TB recov pacing is going 2 b the name of the game.

bring it bloody well on
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"So participation numbers ARE an indication of an events success?? Or aren't they?? or are they only when it suits you?? Just because lots of people turn up to fair day doesn't mean the rest of the festival is relevant to people."

What's your point??? You're not happy with things being a success? You obviously have a chip on your shoulder about Mardi Gras so I hope you don't go to any events then...
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The bottom line is simple regarding this year's Mardi Gras Party:

* It pays for the Parade (the reason we are here doing all this in the first place - June 1978);
* It pays for the company to run through the 'quiet' times;
* It has been carefully put together to cover a very (almost complete) diverse musical journey;
* It has people that volunteer and work their butts off to give the community a great night out and do so for all of us (and don't really get to relax until the next day, or weekend, if they are lucky);
* "It's our Mardi Gras and she ain't going anywhere" - a comment I heard not long after the MG saving 2003 party.

So, it's the cash cow that keeps us going, it's the celebration we enjoy after the political statement that, especially in an election year, makes us too hard to ignore. It's a time to reflect on other times, people, friends, lives - hey, quite simply, it's our Mardi Gras Party and she ain't going anywhere....

Enjoy!... and Embrace her
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Times of Shows?
Hi guys I may have missed it but with 11 days to go I still haven't seen the times for the shows. Can anyone help out with this?
Rhoda xx - Replies: 1, 2

Girl on Girl Action
will any of the DJs in the Fuse Bar be playing rock ? I get a bit bored of disco music all night long & rock is the best music for some girl/girl action. cant wait !
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genius site
http://www.mardigras.org.au/map/
all the info you need... check the venues - its all there...
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sorry show times are never announced in advance - its a health and safety issue.
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I could be wrong but I believe that changed in the last couple of years. I remember for one party (can't remember if it was Sleaze or Mardi Gras), MG members got the show times on the day of the party. I can imagine that something similar will happen this time round too.
And Noisy Gypsy, here here! I love Mardi Gras, I love anything Queer full stop and I put my hard earned where my mouth is by supporting events and being a member of groups/clubs/organisations/etc. Guys, seriously, would you be happier if we DIDN'T have these events? If so, then fair enough, vote with your feet, otherwise some CONSTRUCTIVE criticism, I'm sure, is always welcome by Mardi Gras... note the word constructive.... and let's maybe try to be positive about it? :)
Currently listening to: Rain Down Love - Freemasons
JGirl - Replies: 1

Great Debate
Tonight is the Mardi Gras Great Debate. The topic is Gaydar vs Gaybar.

Pinkboard has played an important part in the development of the "Gaydar" phenomenon. At the turn of the century Pinkboard was Australia's most popular website for the gay and lesbian community. And the most popular part of Pinkboard has always been the Personals. Many people have met through Pinkboard and formed long term committed relationships (20 years in one case I know of). Many others have had intense relationships of much shorter durations. For over 20 years Pinkboard has been providing an alternative to "Gaybars".

Pinkboard also provides the only comprehensive Guide to Australia's GLBT venues.

Debaters please feel free to add this information to your briefing notes. I will be there to see which side wins.
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I'll be there too! Can't wait to see Bob Downe at his best! :)
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JGirl -

Fair Day Pics
just letting you all know that my fair day pics are now posted. you may even be in one :o)
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My point is that people seem to be chopping and changing how an event's success is measured. As I said "is it the numbers attending or not?" It's really not difficult.

PS. I've been to lots of Festival events and had lots of fun (and posted about them on here too!) - just because I think that NMG completely stuffed up Launch, exluded entire groups of people and threw away a valuable tradition, doesn't mean that I don't participate in (nor volunteer for) Mardi Gras events.
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"My point is that people seem to be chopping and changing how an event's success is measured. As I said "is it the numbers attending or not?" It's really not difficult."

Fair point but I think you need to balance that against the cost of putting these free events on. You may get lots of people attending (or not) but if it costs too much too stage or not enough people buy drinks at the bar then any event whether big or small is not sustainable in the long term. I guess this is why launch was down sized and why Mardi Gras encouraged people to buy from the bar at Fair day... "help keep Fair day free and unfenced" was the slogan they were using I think.

Gone are the days when the was a slush fund of money to throw around and we can thank ever rising venue and insurance costs plus competitor dance parties for that.
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Mardi Gras did not stuff up!
What absolute foolish nonsense that Mardi Gras stuffed up Launch.Things change, move with the times and make the effort to evolve and adapt! I made the effort to go to launch, for those people who couldn't due to other commitments, fine thats life! I can't attend all events either due to one reason or another. I don't become bitter and mean spirited.
Launch was brilliant, creative, inovative and original!
Lets get out of this RSL mentality and progress.
As the famous saying goes "what doesn't destroy me makes me stronger" We either learn this lesson or become obsolete and extinct!! And remember we almost were a few short years ago and as a community WE had to struggle to win back with conviction and commitment. In the face of a new gay generation that saw the Mardi Gras as having little or no relevance in their contemporary lifestyles.
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"tell me again why lesbians need their own party within a party?"

Because there are less Lesbians then gay men at the party and they need a safe space away from the straight stalkers.

Gay men don't really need their own space because they dominate all the major halls already.

So why don't you stop stirring up people for the sake of it!
A gay man - Replies: 1

Mardi Gras message from Kylie!
Message from Kylie (from her website)

I want to wish everyone participating in the ‘Kylie 2007’ float at this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras the very best of luck. Make the costumes great because you KNOW I’ll be watching! Whether you’re a Marching Boy, Mechanic or a Showgirl, enjoy yourselves and Happy Mardi Gras!

Love Kylie x
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one reason could possibly be that an 80% (rough estimate) testosterone filled dancefloor can be pretty damn intimidating to someone who is not intrinsically a part of that collective. i don't think it's so much a "party within a party" but more a place to time out/catch up in a familiar environment with like minded people which can be an important part of someones party experience. this is not limited to dykes though and you'll often find other 'tribes' collecting in their own smaller groups in different areas/venues for the same reasons.
the inclusion of a seperate space can only increase ticket sales. btw im a guy - an observant one.
Currently listening to: jet boy jet girl - elton motello
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Message from Madonna
Hi all you lovely Sydney queens and gals.

I just wanted to wish all you party people out there a very happy Mardi Gras. I'm sure its going to be brilliant. I really am determined to attend one of your world renowned events one day. I promise I will come along soon.

Once again , Happy Mardi Gras to everybody and keep dancing !
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My post is genuine ! Happy Mardi Gras !
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"one reason could possibly be that an 80% (rough estimate) testosterone filled dancefloor can be pretty damn intimidating to someone who is not intrinsically a part of that collective."

Oh come on, you only have to blow on those testosterone filled muscle marys and they would all fall over in a screaming heap. Even a lipstick lesbian could manage that.
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Launch was best ever!
How quickly some have forgotten the cyclone fencing disaster of the Hyde Park launch last year.
Anyone that was there at Launch this year knows it was dynamic, fun, playful and gay gay gay! It saved Mardi Gras!
This whole festival is going great. And the party is the best line up we have seen in the history of the party. It will sell out. Don't miss out !
The vitriol on this board is disrespectful to the people working their butts off to make the magic happen, to Panther for trying to bring this community together, and ultimately yourself - whatever your agenda is. Put a little love in your heart!

Go Mardi Gras - you put the LOVE in evolve!!!
Currently listening to: Relax - Frankie goes to Hollywood
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Madonna! You're a bitch for constantly rejecting us! Us Aussies keep spending our money on your stupid albums and even worse movies and what do we get? 1 stupid lot of shows about 100 years ago! Stay in stupid London with your stupid fake accent!
Kylie! We love you! You're the best!
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Mardi Gras greeting from Cher
Well I just got wind that Madge & Kyles are posting messages of support so i thought i better not get outdone.

Greetings to all in Sydney about to embark on your gay and lesbian Mardi Gras.

Im sorry I cant join you all but I'm sure when the money runs out and i have to make another comeback that I'll put Sydney Mardi Gras high on my priorities list.

Wishing you all a fabulous night, I am positive you will all have a blast !

Happy Mardi Gras everybody
Cher -

Followup message from Madonna
JGirl, I'm sorry that you feel that way. I hope all you Aussies don't feel the same way as it turns out I AM COMING TO MARDI GRAS this year as I'm currently in Tokyo so it will line up perfectly! See you soon boys and girls!!!
Madonna xx - Replies: 1

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There was no mention about the Launch being "cheap" nor disatifaction with it being a simple short affair down at circular quay - only that it wasn't accessible to a great number of people within our community for 2 reasons:

1. Having to subscribe to mobile phone alerts - something that many older gay men and lesbians just aren't used to and thus they didn't know when the Launch was on. If you don't think that this group of people in our community is important and can simply be ignore, forgotten or purposely excluded then you have no sense of history - nor any gratitude for those that came before us
and all they have fought for in order for us to have the lives we have today. I'm not saying that NMG purposely excluded this group, only that they didn't think it through properly and people missed out.

2. It was moved from a Traditional Friday night AT THE LAST MINUTE. thus lots of people who work shift work weren't able to make it. Note that the complaint is not that it was moved from Friday night, but that it was moved AT THE LAST MINUTE which didn't leave people much time to change roster's or plans they had already made. If NMG had just listed a saturday afternoon launch in the guide we wouldn't be having this conversation because people would've had fair notice. But we didn't.

To add to the insult we later found out that the only reason it was moved to Saturday afternoon was so that they could accomodate a celebrity's schedule. And here we were thinking that Mardi Gras was about US! the community! and not about buying into the celebrity cult. WE are the ones that everyone should be looking at. We already know that you don't have to be famous to be fabulous. That you don't have to be a celebrity or thin, or blond, or white, to be beautiful and worth flaunting!

And then we had people saying "oh just because there weren't ten thousand people there doesn't mean it wasn't a success" in order to try to silence those of us who didn't agree with how things were handled.

Then this week we are getting "Look at how successful Fair Day was - so many people attended!!!". Well you can't have that both ways. Fair Day was a success - I agree, but not because X number of people attended - but because we all attended together and had a great time TOGETHER. That didn't happen at Launch for the reasons listed above.

To all the people who are saying "things move on" - think about this - Is there any point in moving on if the community that you are supposed to be representing and supporting isn't moving along with you?

Will we become like some christian church who just breaks away because of "progress" whilst they leave the bulk of people behind?

We have always been the opposite. Lots of little cultures and sub-cultures all joining up into one big mighty culture that celebrates the important things in life. Our Freedom, Our Love.
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Apology from Madonna
Hey guys, sorry, just realised I left the kids locked in the car at Heathrow. Have to head back ASAP, won't be able to visit you now.. sorry. Again.

Hope to see you all down under in sunny Austria when I'm sixty.
Madonna xx -

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"one reason could possibly be that an 80% (rough estimate) testosterone filled dancefloor can be pretty damn intimidating to someone who is not intrinsically a part of that collective"

The gay community is not like the straight community. Excess testorone has never been a problem. 15 years of going out to gay bars and i have only ever seen 2 fights - both of them were more slap fights than fist fights. Two fights in one night at a straight club is considered a peaceful night in some parts of town. Speak to bouncers and ask them which clubs they prefer to work at and you'll see this point illustrated a thousand times over.

"the inclusion of a separate space can only increase ticket sales"

They say that year after year - is there any evidence that it actually works in increasing female participation in the party? (this is a genuine question - i have no idea if it does or doesn't).
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The last minute was actually almost 2 weeks in advance. I received my SMS on 22 January.

The celebrities were there for us! They were there to make our launch fabulous. Would you rather David and Emily from Enmore had opened the Festival?

As to your comment about how success is judged: Different people judge success differently. The Mardi Gras treasurer would go by the bottom line. The Medical people would go be how few incidents there were. The performers would go by crowd reaction. The lovers who met at fair day would have their own criteria. There is no one criteria of success.

I wonder if Mardi Gras has an award for whinger of the year?
Arti Confirmed - Replies: 1

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Why don't you complain about the lack of a men's space to The Office of the Status of Men. Oh, there isn't one of those either.
Arti Confirmed - This is meant to be humrous - Replies: 1

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I don't think it's linked to ticket sales as such. It's more about having a safe space for those dykes who feel they need it. If women feel there's no need for it, I guess they'll eventually stop having it.

I can't for the life of me understand why people get so worked up about this.
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Mardi Gras Volunteers
Last week I volunteered to do a few hours of work at Mardi Gras Fair Day in Victoria Park. This was the first time I had done any volunteering and I arrived at the park by myself not really knowing what to expect or what I would be doing.

The day was amazing, an exhausting mix of fun and maddness which left me on a huge high. Before sunday I had no understanding of the enormous amount of work, planning and management that goes in to putting on these events. The people who work behind the scenes to create Fair Day are truely wonderful.

My few hours volunteering grew to a full day topped off with the best beer I have ever tasted at the Bank Hotel Party... and that was topped off with a very nice night getting to know another (gorgeous) volunteer significantly better...

For those who use Pink Board to winge, bitch and complain about Mardi Gras I suggest another approach; Volunteer and get to understand how grateful we should be to have Fair Day, Parade and Party.
Volunteer Virgin - Doing it for the Love (ing) - Replies: 1

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Are Madi Gras and Sleaze that scary to some girls that once they pluck up the courage to buy a ticket, book a cab, walk through those big iron gates that they have to retreat to a "safe" space to enjoy themselves?
You may as well stay at home and dance around the loungeroom.
not a fan of spaces for guys or girls -

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"The last minute was actually almost 2 weeks in advance. I received my SMS on 22 January."

Which wasn't enough time for me to change my roster - nor (more importantly) for people not linked to the SMS to find out about when it was on. I was talking to people not 2 days before the Friday who hadn't a clue that it had been changed. Bottom line it wasn't enough time for it to spread through the grapevine.


"As to your comment about how success is judged: Different people judge success differently.'

At last we are getting somewhere! People DO judge measures of success differently. So if I were to say that the launch wasn't a success because it didn't involve the community enough - then I wouldn't be wrong! (nor "whinging" as others would put it).

I'm really taken aback at how much people tried to close down discussion on this topic because some people in the community didn't like how Launch was handled this year and just labelled us all "whingers" despite the fact that we had the Launch's, Mardi Gras' and the communities best interests as our first priority.


"The celebrities were there for us! They were there to make our launch fabulous."

you mustn't of read the bit where I said that we are already fabulous and don't need celebrities to do it for us.
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Womens Space
Times have changed, do we really need segregated spaces?
Often the womens section is almost empty hence it's a waste of space that could be used for better purposes.
Perhaps for one night we can suspend our need for personal comfort zones and try to blend in with the rest.
I know, it can be challenging!!
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I suppose I should be grateful for having a women's space really (considering I am). I just prefer partying with the nice boys! :)
And the posts by Madonna and Cher, etc, oh my God... classic! Love it! ROFL.
Happy Mardi Gras everyone! Tick, tick, tick... not long to go now! Yay! :D
PS Went to the Great Debate last night! Although a couple of the speakers I found quite dull, the funny ones really made up for it. Had a great night... even after I got put in a foul mood for having to wait about 45 minutes for it to start (supposed to start at 7.30 and I think actually started at about 8.15). Oh and yay for Bob! My God, that man is such a classic! I think I'd be happy for him to host any and all events. Love him!
Currently listening to: Watching - Freemasons
JGirl - Replies: 1

Trance at Party
From a Mardi Gras member email today...


"WINNERS OF DJ SPIN-OFF COMPETITION ANNOUNCED!



After battling it out on the decks at Stonewall Hotel on February 4th, DJ's Tim Graham and Ian Sinclair each won the opportunity to play a two hour set at Mardi Gras Party.

The two boys will share their art and talents at the culmination of the 2007 Mardi Gras Festival season at Party on Saturday 3rd of March.

Tim Graham will take partygoers on a journey through both non-vocal driving trance to vocal uplifting trance with a selection of tracks from late 2005 and 2006 including club favourites such as Armin Van Buuren, Mike Shiver, 4 String and Above & Beyond.

Iain plans to deliver funky and fresh house music mixed with a few classics.

Please join Mardi Gras in welcoming these two very talented boys to Mardi Gras Party, catch them in the Forecourt."

I know it's not a main room, but still.... :)
Currently listening to: Something - The Freemasons
JGirl -

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Piss off you old hag - I'm the real queen of Mardi Gras this year.

P.S. I should have never made that dud movie with you. You ruined my career, slag!
Currently listening to: Vogue (Showgirl Homecoming version) - Kylie
Rupert Everett -

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If it's no longer needed, it'll go eventually.
If you don't think it's a good idea, don't go there.
I don't know why people bang on about this as if they're personally insulted by a girl's space and it's some major deal in the scheme of things. It's not. Move on.
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Can't wait
I excited about MG this year. It has been about 4 years since our last visit and because a friend from OS is coming, we decided to go. B George is a fun DJ..have been to one of his events in the UK.
Love reading the wall . . don't often post, but we love to read the comments ..Party Boi makes me laugh
Currently listening to: Bring The Beat Back (Club Mix) - She's Sunshine Feat Mila
Mark -

Time to move on...
Can the anonymous poster who continuously goes on about the Launch this year please try and move forward with his/her life and leave the board in peace. if necessary see a councilor/therapist, but please just try and put the horrors of missing the launch behind you and find something new to complain about.
Newtown Boy - Loving Mardi Gras 2007 -

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Yes but you keep conveniently forgetting about the high cost of putting the old style launch on. It cost too much. It's not sustainable. The old Mardi Gras went bankrupt.

I went to launch... loved it... and there were people of all ages there. Can we move on now because the party is on next week! Cant wait!
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Yep , lets get rid of the segregation.

I'm sorry but if lesbians cant hack it mingling with their own kind then something is wrong.

And please dont give the tired old excuse about not feeling safe because some straight guy might hit on you.
Never seen a lesbian that cant "respond" to a situation and I do mean that in a nice way and with so many people around its about the safest you will ever be anywhere.

Its one night or 2 if you count Sleaze and we should celebrate together. We constantly fight for acceptance and to segregate amongst ourselves would just make the rest of the world laugh.

Besides I like that area of the RHI or top floor of The
Forum to walk around :)

No girl or boy or sex space.

Plenty of other venues for that thing for the other 363 days of the year.
xxxxxxxxxx - Replies: 1, 2

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JGirl,

It took me a while to get into it too. The bar staff seemed to be working extra slowly too.

I had to agree with the audience that the gaybar team beat the gaydar team hands down. The fact that the gaydar team admitted very limited experience of net dating I am sure had a lot to do with it.

Next topic: Pinkboard is better than gaydar. :-)
Currently listening to: Left To My Own Devices - Pet Shop Boys
Panther Confirmed -

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Mardi Gras committee members get texted the times of the shows just before the party. So maybe a nice committee member might consider passing on the info about show times on here just as the party starts?? That way those of us who really wanted to make sure we caught the shows would have a chance to find out...
Currently listening to: Nothing Really Matters - Madonna
Sensible Shoes -

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I originally post the question back on the 17th Feb. http://www.pinkboard.com.au/graffiti/mardigras/G63131
"Is the Girls room at MG party for girls and their friends or girls ONLY this year?"
And everybody has voiced their opinions, which is great.
We are both comfortable going off and mingling in any room but my girlfriend tells me she can really let loose and get into it more in the "mainly" girls room. Whether the reasons are logical or easily explained or not that’s how she feels, and I can tell you she is not a shy or timid girl.

So enjoy it while you/we have it. I for one hope it stays that way.

The more options the better.

Soooo looking forward to the options on the night
:)
Caringandsharing -

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It's fascinating to read statements about not being segregated, and all celebrating together. I, too, wonder why people are bothered by this issue. A Mardi Gras party, with its very strong gay and lesbian focus, is its own type of segregation. And don't dare try to take that away from us, please!

I live in North Queensland, and come to Mardi Gras every year. My sexuality is widely accepted where I am, but I am never in a place surrounded by people who have had a similar experience as me in terms of dealing with homosexuality. So I revel in coming to Sydney and knowing that, at Mardi Gras, most of the crowd at the party have had that similar experience. I love the 'segregation' of it. I wouldn't come to a party of mostly heterosexual people - that's not my scene.

Within the party space, there are a variety of venues catering to different interests. If I want to, I'll visit each space and see if it appeals to me. As a gay man, I have no real interest in entering a space full of women who have chosen to spend time with other women. I respect their need for that space. If there were a men only space at the party, I would visit it, and would be annoyed to see women in there. If you're not interested in that kind of space, don't go there. But does that mean no-one should have that option?

Mardi Gras is, for me and I'm sure many others, the one time of the year where we can enjoy the segregation, and even within the wider group of party patrons, we can be with a crowd of people with interests and preferences like our own. For m, it's what Mardi Gras represents.
Mortee - NQ - Replies: 1

There's also a dedicated time-out room for partygoers who are HIV positive though very few of the HIV positive party attendees tend to use it. I guess this too would be seen as an absolute outrage by some because everybody should party together, asthmatics don't have their own time-out room, blah, blah, blah, etc.
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Whitney says -
Am I too late to wish all of my lovely Sydney and visiting gay and lesbian friends a very happy Mardi Gras ?

I wish you all the best. I'm sure that one day I'll come along and party with all my Ozzy fans.

Happy Mardi Gras !
Whitney Houston -

The party gets closer and closer
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Currently listening to: Heaven - Sarah Washington
countdownboy Confirmed -

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I agree, there is no need for a womens space. If you go into the womens space all they do is sit down and do nothing, think for hours about how they are going to go and approve the girl they have spotted on the other side of the room.
Come on girls, get out an enjoy the party, i certainly dont pay my ticket price to sit in a little room all night doing nothing.
Mardi Gras is about all of us celebrating what we have and how far we have come since the first mardi gras,
I prefer a room full of boys and girls than just girls.
Im going to Azure not matter what the weather, i loved the rain last year, and then i am going mardi gras and you will find me in the hordorn and then im going to homesexual to check out dj paulo.
micky Confirmed - Replies: 1

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This is only my opinion and i certainly understand if women feel a need to have there own space.
Happy Mardi Gras XXXX
micky Confirmed -

Interesting how the different papers covered this story about the Fair Day police drama...

http://evolutionpublishing.com.au/sxnews/articles/police-called-to-fair-day-fracas.aspx
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Segregated Space for girls who know how to be blokes.
Yep, that’s what I am. A fat, hairy diesel dyke and I’m proud of it.
The reason for my comment is that I would also like a safe space.
You see I have a prothesis for my leg. A few years ago in Tasmania I tried walking on high heels and tripped. Probably over my nose hairs, who knows?
My leg, below my knee got gangrenous and I had to have it removed. Hence the prothesis. I didn’t like the fancy crap they gave me to walk with so I had a wooden one made, I call it “Peg Leg”. Any ways, last time I went to Mardi Gras I got chased around the dance floor by people who wanted me to do unnatural things to them with me mate peg leg. It wasn’t pretty and I sure worked up a sweat trying to run away from them. I don’t like the lipstick dykes that make fun of me. If no one is looking I back hand them one. Teach em a bit of respect. Anyways that’s why I want a segregated space. For girls who know how to be blokes.I don't mind the sissy boys they can be pretty, but useless. I call em dolly boys.

Cheers mates and happy MG,
Big Sue
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This post should be interpreted as being humourous.

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Im glad that for you it was a positive experience.

What you dont get though is that a lot of us who get pissed off at NMG (call it what you will, and this is a general comment not a specific one) HAVE been volunteers, and in the end just got sick to death of the croneyism, the sexual politics (in every sense of the phrase), and quite often the sheer incompetence. Ooo I can hear the keyboards rattling already!

Just saying 'how about you volunteer and make a difference' can be a tad simplistic.
Ex volunteer - Been there done that! -

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The Poz Chill Out room dates back to when medications weren't as effective as they are today and there was a very real need for people to be able to rest during the party so that they could still participate in the party with the rest of the community. "Community participation" as an ideal seems to be lacking these days (aka The 1,000 people Launch)...
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Yes, SX has certainly been putting the put into Mardi Gras this year. Besides from the complete beat-up (what a pun!) of the 'clash' between the two lobby groups, let's not forget:
1. Ron Muncaster's accusation of 'mardi gras snubbing' that got top billing. Even though Mardi Gras denied it ever happened (which you didn't find out until the end paragraph), and
2. The Sex Pigs Fair Day story - although Mardi Gras were quoted - again at the very end - that an application from Sex Pigs hadn't even been lodged.

Fair reporting? My arse

Sabotage of a competitor paper being the official publication? Most likely.
Currently listening to: 2WS - Bit of a sing-a-long
Scooter - Replies: 1, 2

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All for one and one for all................

otherwise we will go down the track of a space for the
girls/boys/trannies/bi's/str8's/blondes/sluts/virgins...

We can go to girl only bars/parties , boy only bars etc
for the rest of the year.
Solidarity not segregation -

HAPPY MARDI GRAS......
Pack up all your troubles in you old kit bag and smile, smile, smile.......

Happy Mardi Gras everyone.....

Enjoy the festival, parade and parties - it only comes but once a year......so have some fun.

Spread the love......
Currently listening to: Do ya wunna dance - Bette Midler
Happy Feet -

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I don't think it's sabotage - more likely just bad reporting.
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Actually, in both stories it was more a case of giving MG the last word. And just because MG says something, doesn't mean it's true. It seems to me that in both stories all sides got their say and it's up to the reader to decide who they believe.

While one could say SX was 'sabotaging' its competitor (the Star - the official MG media partner), one could equally allege that the Star, being the official media partner, is not in a position to be balanced when it comes to MG's actions.
Currently listening to: White Diamond - Kylie
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Actually, there's a basic rule of journalism that if you're going to report someone attacking someone else, the person being attacked has a right of reply. That's why they are "given the last word."

The Ron Muncaster story in SX was problematic because its basic assertion - that Ron Muncaster, parade legend, had been snubbed by Mardi Gras and was not allowed into Mardi Gras' VIP viewing space – wasn't even true. THat's not journalism. That's not even BAD journalism. That's just a complete fabrication.
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I don't think the article fabricated anything. One side (Muncaster) was claiming that he wasn't invited - the other side (MG/Bourget) said that he was. Obviously they can't both be right, but they both got to say their piece and it's up to other people to decide.

What's far more newsworthy though is the Lobby/CAAH clash. It would be nice to see groups like that actually work together instead of fighting each other.
Currently listening to: The Only Way Is Up - Yazz and the Plastic Population
isoboy -

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That's what Ron Muncaster thought. SX also carried Marcus Bourget's response.

What I took from the story was that Ron or his close friends had contacted SX. Mardi Gras responded in the same story.

That's what journalism is about. You break stories, people respond, the reader makes up her own mind.

FWIW, my guess was that Ron thought he'd been snubbed. Mardi Gras confirmed that it was absolutely not their intention that he should be. That's it.

I certainly didn't read it as some vicious assault on Mardi Gras.
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Still, it's a bit lame to have your lead story something that's effectively "NMG and Muncaster in Invitation Snub Misunderstanding Non-Row". Maybe the editor should be a bit quicker to spot a non-story and replace it with a new one?
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I really wonder why she said you KNOW I'll be watching. Is it that she's heard about the Mardi Gras webcast? Or is something more interesting afoot?
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Sell out
I know so many people going to Mardi Gras this year. Great buzz. Will it sell out? Does anyone know the capacity?
Franco -

IT'S PARTY TIME!
Just for a change of pace I thought I'd thank everyone who has made this such a great Mardi Gras season so far.

For those that don't know, Mardi Gras is put together by only two full time staff plus thousands of volunteers who give up their time week after week just for us.

So when your laughing, crying, dancing, bitching or doing whatever at a Mardi Gras event think of the people who have given up their time to make it all happen. They do it for the love...

So what's everyone wearing to the party? I'm thinking sexy, I'm thinking aussie...
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well with very little more than a week left now.......
i am quite busy indeed,

-making sure that i get enough work done in the next 7 days to ensure that i can talke the 9 after them off without feeling guilty

-working out what i am going to wear to the parade/party/recoveries

-re-kindling a few contacts with old friends in the city of sin and letting them know i'm on my way

-talking up my forthcoming weekend so that my friends/colleagues/family are all jealous and want to be coming with me

-wondering what this year is going to bring that will blow my socks off!





anyway, are there any natty costume or accessory tips out there??? i'm most likely just going the singlet and shorts but keep to 'aussie' it up a little for the sunburnt country that i will be loving for most of the night (or so i predict)...........
Currently listening to: throw your arms around me (yet to be heard - freemasons mix) hunters and collectors
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CAN YOU BELIEVE IT .....................
Isn't it SOOOOOO EXCITING .........



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7 Days to party

7 Days to Dancing

7 Days to Great Shows

7 Days to hot guys & gals

7 Days to Fun

7 Days to Madness

7 Days ... I Simply Can NOT wait !!
Currently listening to: Blame it on the boogie - Big Fun
countdownboy Confirmed -

partytime
WHOA! went to the studio last night to see David Hoyle perform and was blown away with his humour...this man can perform, i highly recommend it. Leanne
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We are doing David Hoyle tonight. Last night was the Bush Dance. Apart from the temperature, it was great fun as usual. I think it was a younger, more up for it crowd last night.
Arti Confirmed -

Any Requests?
Only a week to go !! As you all know by now , I'm DJing in the Retro Forum...
To make your Party special , I'm open for last minute requests...What track would you really like me to play?
Hope you all have a truly GREAT Party!!!
Currently listening to: Sexual Healing ( Freemasons mix ) - Marvin Gaye
David Hiscock Confirmed - Replies: 1, 2, 3, 4

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mmmm making your mind up by bucks fizz?
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i work in a 95% estrogen filled work environment and i dont feel the need to have male only space.
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Pool Party
Wet in more way than one I imagine.
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My Baby is a Centrefold
: )
can't ask for my other usual retro request as that is played by another DJ
yay for MGras
Lil - luscious in leather Confirmed -

Boy George Nightmare
Boy George suffered every DJs biggest nightmare when he arrived in Brisbane from Auckland yeserday when all his records were left by the airline back in New Zealand. He had to go to the local Central Station Records shop and buy music so that he could play his gig in Brisbane last night.

Hopefully his music will arrive in time for Mardi Gras.
Brissie Boi -

Pool party
Was tons of fun. One of the funniest shows I've ever seen, STUNNING boys (they certainly got lots of international arrivals) and really, really nice atmosphere. The rain didn't make that big a difference and it even survived the electricity failing a few times.

Next year this event will sell out in days.
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Weather forecast - hot Mardi Gras coming up!
The weather forecast is currently showing fine and 22 to 27 degrees for next Saturday but showers on Sunday.

So a HOT Mardi Gras and a wet recovery!
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please play some Rock ! it's the only music that makes me horny. cant wait for some girl on girl action !
Currently listening to: Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi
Margo from Port Kembla - Replies: 1

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Pool party WAS fun. I loved the show with the whole love boat/gilligans island/king kong natives madness. The water was warm and full of lovely boys :P

Apparently a few people didn't turn up because of the rain, like helloo, we were all going to get wet one way or another ...:)
john k - Replies: 1

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Congratulations to the team who put on the pool party who kept bringing it all back together despite mother natures calling. You kept all of us dancing well into the night!

You can't rain on our parade!

Happy Mardi Gras!
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Umm this isn't an oldie but has a "retro" feel lyrically and musically.. and i reckon it would be a cool song to play..its called "Young Folks" by Peter Bjorn and John its been a hit on YouTube..would love to shake my booty to it at MG...
Currently listening to: Hail Mary - 2pac
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Currently listening to: Cruel Summer - Bananarama
countdownboy Confirmed -

Azure
I just came back from a walk past the Azure party. It seemed very happening with loads of people and great music. I also noticed a few people getting busted by police.Not a great way to start the night! They had a few sniffer dogs and I recognised some of the police as gay themselves. The party still has a few hours to go. Let's hope the rain stays away this time and let them have some fun. Quite a number of people were still arriving after 7pm, why would you pay all that money for a ticket for only 3 hours??

Cheers,
Thomas
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Cops just Azure down. :S
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Just heard Azure has been closed down by police.
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Azure Party Finished Early
9.10pm everyone told to go home from the Harbour Party, anyone know why?
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Azure
Azure was closed by the Police just after 9pm.
Please use the Party Graffiti Wall to discuss this.
Panther Confirmed -

DJ David Hiscock requests
Hi David,
I would love to here the classic "I feel love" - Bronski Beat, but if you are sick of it then maybe some one elses version of it. I not sure if any of them are as good, but these groups have also covered it :-
Dallas Superstars, Blue Man Group, Plump DJ's bootleg single called "Donna Kebab", The New Deal and I am sure there are others with a disco feel and electronic beats.
- FiremanSam -

countdown
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Currently listening to: Get Busy - Mr Lee
countdownboy Confirmed - Enthusiasm for Mardi Gras this Saturday dampened after Azure's shutdown -

Went and heard Boy George play The Met night club in Brisbane on Saturday night and left disappointed. I read that his records didn't arrive with him from New Zealand. The airline left them in New Zealnd and he had to go out in Brisbane and buy more records so that he could play on Saturday night. With the music that he bought he may as well have just not played. It was crap. Many people left disappointed due to his music selection and style. It was apparent from the look on his face that he was in a very bad mood and it showed in his set. As for his music selection, it definietly wasn't Hordern material more like a cross between City Life and the RHI.
Currently listening to: Rock DJ - Robbie Williamsiams
Will - Replies: 1

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Hello! Have some sense of fairness, please. George's records were all left in NZ. He had NOTHING. He had to go out and buy records so he could proceed with his set, and obviously there's no way he could replace them all. As for being in a bad mood, well who wouldn't be after that?
Currently listening to: You'll Never Stop Me From Loving You - Sonia
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If I had of been in Georges place i would have cancelled the gig and got some locals to fill the gap. Having your tools of the trade not arrive on the plane with you would have been a shattering experience. how could anyone perform a decent job when youve had to go to a record store and buy a new set cold on the day of your gig, there's no way he could have given his best effort. By proceeding to do the job he has let down the punters.
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This is the opinion of the poster.

anybody with news on mg party ticket sales.

im off to buy my 4 today.

looking forward to a big and (indoors) dry one after pool and azure...

understand that nmg has subcontracted the whole party organisation out to an event organiser this year. good to see the continuing drive to be a mature and professional organisation from the current board.

hope it all works well. we will be there with our tans on and just a tad of attitude ...
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NMG Dance Venues
Does anyone know how many days it takes to setup the NMG dance party venues and the RHI etc?
Just curious..
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Bump In for the party started today (Monday)
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For the MG partee

Heres a way to avoid all the anxiety

I drink half a pont of Ice Magic, so Im jumpn all night long. No need to worry about taking those stupid waste of money pills which mostly rubbish, unreliable and anyone who takes 5-10 a night, must be taking aspros.
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This post should be interpreted as being humourous.

boy george rules!
He is an icon.
I heard from friends his set in Brisbane was great, dispite the hassles of losing his tunes. I hope the marching Boy Georges in the parade show just a little respect! He deserves it. We have a lot bigger enemies.. Howard, sniffer dogs, no gay marriage, Ruddock ect. Laying the boot in to our own isnt clever or funny.
Ironic that our many in our community are now facing the stupid drug charges that George had to deal with. He's paid his dues several times over. He has been attacked since he started. He's out here to play for us.
The Marching Daffyds - funny, Kate Moss' - cheeky. For Boy George, please please please don't be nasty Sydney queens about it!
Currently listening to: Karma Chameleon - Culture Club.
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JUST TO CHEAR EVERYONE UP
Just to chear everyone up take a look at the 6am show from the last sleaze... about 4 minutes in, it goes off!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDLRZzcCxvE

Or Kylie at the 20th anniversary Mardi Gras party:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fubUJfTR7nA
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Which flavour Ice Magic?
Peppermint flavour or standard chocolate?
Or maybe one of the nut flavours?
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SMS Mardi Gras Protest Action
As reported in the SMH today if the Police attempt to raid or shut down Mardi Gras a mass protest at Paddington Police Station is planned. The SMS I received said:

'Mass Protest at Paddington Police Station this weekend. If Mardi Gras is raided or shut down join the protest march to Paddington. Pass this message on to all your friends (gay or straight) who like to party'

Has anyone else received other SMS's?
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Currently listening to: Happening All Over Again - Lonnie Gordon
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fight for your right to be queer
Here's the goes....

A homophobic death threat was left on the telephone answering service of a Sydney gay identity. The message which states, amongst other things "its to time exterminate homosexuals....you will be exterminated this week" was apparently in response to a letter written by the 'identity' and published in another (lesser) Sydney newspaper. In the published letter, the writer wittily calls into question the mental fitness of Senator Bill Heffernan as evidenced by his extraordinarily vicious attacks on gay members of the judiciary. It seems that the telephone message was actually made by Senator Bill Heffernan himself!

But the story doesn't end there.

Rather than taking the death threat seriously, this enterprising, "out' and proud poof thought long and hard about the best way to respond to this homophobic outrage. Go to the media? Nah - that would be too conventional and there was a chance that the recipient of the message would be characterised as a "victim" of sorts. Go to the police? - Nah. An initial phone call to the police revealed them to be uninterested in this kinda thing.

This telephone message was "gold". It needed to be used to get back at the caller who made it. The response needed to be gay, gay gay. And what do gay men do better than anyone else? PARTY and DANCE!!!

Paul Mac and Stereogamous are performing a live set at next week's Gay Mardi Gras Party. Paul Mac and Seymour Butz now have their hands on a recording of the homphobic telephone message death threat. And the rumour is that the telephone message (possibly the voice of Senator Bill Heffernan, himself!) will be mixed into Stereogamous's finale, with thousands of poofs and dykes partying-on-down and dancing in defiance of the homophobes!
Currently listening to: dimension (stereogamous remix) - wolfmother
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Maybe the text message was sent to only friends of those organising the party, that way NMG would be consistent in the way they do business :)
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I've not received any such text message but I highly doubt that sort of thing would be organised by anyone at Mardi Gras. And to be honest, I doubt protesting like this would be effective at all. The whole Azure situation has really put a dampener on this weekend for me. I'm now far too concerned about my friends being caught out (none of whom do any kind of distributing whatsoever) and being arrested. So, where I was extremely hyped up and excited, I'm now more nervous than anything else. Such a shame...
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I got the SMS 3 times! I must have well connected friends. If you didn't get it, copy it off Pinkboard and send it on to your friends, no doubt you will get it back pretty quick.

I doubt the SMS came from New Mardi Gras originally - does anyone know where it started? I think it is a great idea.

If the police leave us alone we will have a fantastic party, but if they try and wreck Mardi Gras like they wrecked Azure at least we have a new place to continue the party!
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i cannot possibly attend this mass protest if MG party is raided. i am going to toybox!
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Soap Box
The cops should raid all the shops that sell cigarettes that kill 20,000 Aussies every year. They should raid all the shops that sell alcohol that kills thousands of Aussies every year. Instead of wasting our taxes raiding our parties that dont kill anyone.
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"i cannot possibly attend this mass protest if MG party is raided. i am going to toybox!"



But of course....just be careful of the dogs and undercovers while you're there.....and be prepared for an early finish.....
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nah, that can never happen to toybox guys because toybox is the best.
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Although Azure didnt get closed down last year , the dogs were still there remember so its not putting a dampener on my MG time.

But hopefully people will get the message to be careful in what they do ie dont be so f**king conspicuous when doing your stuff !

As for the the message getting through to the ice people or the K or the G ......... they wont get the message til they wake up in the hospital ( and that is not meant in a bad way , just an honest opinion ).
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Pass-outs?
Will MG be offering pass-outs this year in light of what happened at Azure? This might avoid the "pop or drop" mentality if there are police with sniffer dogs at the party!
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The difference between cigarettes and alcohol is that those substances are LEGAL. The drugs they were/are targeting are not. The solution is the change the law - there's an election coming up so why not use that as an opportunity to change the law??

Also it's a mistake to say things like "...instead of wasting our taxes raiding our parties that dont kill anyone". Drugs DO kill. Get complacent and you are in lots of trouble. (particularly on eccy Tuesday).
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SONG REQUEST
Would love to hear HIGHER AND HIGHER by DJ Jurgen such a great clubbing song!!!! So mardi gras! love it!
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An SMS campaign will never work - don't you guys remember the Launch??? only 1,000 people turned up to that after an SMS and even then people needed more notice!
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If the party is closed down because of drug issues, then that really isn't a reason to protest. That's not what Mardi Gras is about.
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what crap! toybox is the obvious candidate for another shut down. luna park is a very public space and north sydney is hardly a party-friendly jurisdiction.
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"nah, that can never happen to toybox guys because toybox is the best"


Oh good......as long as you think it's the best, there should be no problem then ;)
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North Sydney is not under the Rocks LAC. Luna Park is not a public space at all. It's also not owned by the government.
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Fantastic stuff! The dome is going to be jammed!
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Haven't you ever heard of contractual obligations? It's quite possible that George HAD to play, whether his records were there or not.
Currently listening to: The War Song - Culture Club
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The question is why should the many suffer for the few???
That is the reason for any proposed protest.
Im assuming that most of us are not drug dealers and that is what the cops really want.

I dont know about the legal implications of an enforced closing of a public event. I suspect that could be challenged in the courts. i.e damages claims against the NSWPF.

Would they close down a football match because some thugs are causing trouble?

Also, I think they should expose Heffernan by supplying the phone tapes to the police and media. This guy wont learn if he's not revealed for what he is. A childish small minded prat.
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Mardi Gras Party Policing
From my recollection, every Mardi Gras party has had roving police in attendance.

Just some info for those who think it has been unpoliced (and who may also think the cops they see are simply a result of Azure).

They key is deiscretion and moderation in one's party activities ;)
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Correct me if I'm wrong but it's not so much the policing at Mardi Gras (I've certainly never had a problem with that), it's more the sniffer dogs (And I'm a HUGE animal lover!). It really was a little scary seeing it at Azure, regardless of whether you had anything or not, it was very intimidating I felt.
I know no-one at Mardi Gras is obligated to read this but I have seen Marcus post on occasion so IF he (or any other MG person) is reading these boards, I'd ask that something be announced to appease the party people who'll be attending this Saturday night. Toy Box have already done it, it would be nice if Mardi Gras did too I think. :)
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"Laying the boot in to our own isnt clever or funny."

Have you seen Boy George talk about George Michael? Or Matt Lucas? Or....pretty much any other famous fag really.

I'm sure George has a big enough sense of humour and a restrained enough ego to enjoy a lighthearted parade float. That's fair ehough right? Besides, what if the float just is clever and funny?
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Announce WHAT exactly? The police don't need to give prior warning to being at an event. They can if the desire but they don't HAVE to.
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tripleM
Has anyone heard the commercials for the MG party on tripleM? I suspect there may be a few suspect types at the party this year ...
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A "boy george doing clean up for drugs charges" is soooo hillarious. :-) Specially with the crystal epidemic & unsafe sex ranging on. Forget about John Howard, Ruddock, Heffernan, Pell, Bush, ect ect. Lets focus on 5 minutes of someones career that has done more for the community than anyone performing this year.
I've heard some of the audio for the float. It just seems nasty to me. But i guess what's nasty to one is funny to another. Looking forward to some optimistic & positivity in the parade too. Peace.
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Why is mardi gras Advertising on a radio station?
ticket sales must be low.
I see they are at 9000.? Is this on target..?
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I've also noticed that there are posters up advertising the party everywhere - I suspect ticket sales aren't as good as expected....
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I'm not sure what it is you think that Marcus should announce. Toybox has simply said that they have a good relationship with the police - Mardi Gras has had historically as well - but that can come undone in an instant if somebody in the Command chain decides to act on the advice of undercover police (who will be at both parties) or a complaint, or additional intelligence or a combination of the above.

I think it's extremely unlikely that the police will be roaming the Mardi Gras party with sniffer dogs - they certainly haven't ever done so before - but it's equally unlikely that they will publicly declare their hand, so to speak, before the event.


As someone else has pointed out, it pays to be conscious of the fact that there will be a police presence at both parties. Let's hope that it's as discreet as the partygoers behaviour should be.

I personally think full-on gay partying in daylight in places in view of the public is a recipe for eventual police attention. In that respect, Harbour Party/Azure was probably lucky to have lasted as long as it did. Mardi Gras at least has the advantage of being at night in a secure, enclosed venue away from the non partygoer gaze.
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The Triple M brakfast show have a float in this year's parade (???).
I would say an advertising deal was struck with MG and Triple M for some cheap advettising in return for a slot in the parade.
My gut feel is that Triple M are also after some cheap publicity rather than supporting the cause that is MG. But then, that's what you get for acceptance and diversity.
Looking forward to seeing the black thunders, getting some free icy cold cans of coke, classic rock triple plays at the Party and a Double shot the following Tuesday - long time since I've had triple m on my radio.....
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I think the weekend's events showed you should never underestimate the value of a good relationship with your Local Area Command.
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mg advertized on jjj
shouldnt that really be on 2gay fm
thats the musc policy aint it

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Mardi Gras Ticket Sales
I just heard from a totally reliable source that tickets for the party have almost sold out. If you haven't bought yours yet I would not hang around.

Following a fab Launch and Fair Day it looks like this years Mardi Gras party is going to be the first to sell out in years.

Go Mardi Gras!
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Party space being put together
umm crusin past MG party space on my bike this afternoon before the rain..typical roadie types are around..shifting boxes with wheels..two young guys climb and jump fence..hear this rough head guy with lanyard hanging from neck say to them "hey why did you do that? you could have walked through," ..gestures by pushing fence aside.(ah banjo patterson and the man from ironbark all over re: guilded youth heheh).got a peek of RHI lots of lite blue banners hanging from roof...anyways..looking forward to sat nite..mmm am worrited re: MMM types rocking up last party i got pinched on ass by a straight boy who thought it was cool to do so..(im a girl)..Happy MG
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Had to laugh about article today about how we did then we didnt then we did want Ronn Moss/Katherine Kelly Lang at the Parade etc and a past publicity person passed comment how Denise Drysdale was not allowed in the parade because she was not gay.
A comment was then made

" They're trying to get the message out there but their not being very open minded themselves ".

I wonder if Kylie offered to lead her float would she be rejected because she is not gay ?

Cant have it both ways. So long as they accept me I dont give a flying f**k who is in the parade or at the party.
Half my friends are straight !
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The Two Queens in Sydney
Howdy Petals,
Well we have arrived in Sydney both Bruce and myself (Rodney) are terribly excited to be here for Mardi Gras. I just know that we are going to have a fabuuuulous time in your wonderful city.
We had a fabulous first class flight from SF and the flight crew were gooooorgeous hunka spunka’s to say the least. I had to keep my claws in Bruce’s crotch or should I say Prince Albert to stop him from having to go to the WC so often! I threatened to buy him a bedpan if he didn’t behave!
We brought we us our leathers only these are not the normal leathers that so many other guys wear that can go a bit smelly,rank and salty. We had ours cured with a hint of lavender, rosemary and thyme. So when people dance nears us it’s like walking into a cloud of heavenly scented vapours.
Bruce is very conscious about his assets so for his birthday I gave him an ass lift, to be more explicit a Jennifer Lopez ass-a-like. I tried to talk him out of it as I thought it looked a bit incongruous on a 62-year-old man. But no, I have read Louise Hay’s books on positive affirmations. So I thought I would be supportive and non-judgemental!
This very cute but bitchy little vanilla twink here in Sydney laughed at us and called us oldies. I quietly and demurely explained that we oldies are fabuuuuulously wealthy and that’s why we live in Marin County outside San Francisco while he is just poor white trailer trash probably on social security. Oddly, I think he has fallen in love with me over the last few hours, wrinkles and all or was it the Moet Chandon!
I also heard a lot of rumours about police and raids. Darlings, I was in New York’s famous gay sauna when it was raided back in 66 or 67, can’t quite remember.
I’m telling you there ain’t a man in uniform I can’t handle. Failing that I use my cheque book!
Please have a wonderful time at MG and do plenty of twirls on the dance floor. I know that Bruce and I will be. Oh, if you see a butt plug on the dance floor, it’s probably Bruce’s. He has a habit of dropping things lately!

Cuddles,
Rodney
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I suspect that the Azure debacle was a subtle warning to MG & TB that they better walk the line.

I wonder what law allows them to close a public event like Azure. Maybe the cops would deal the public safety card.

If thats the case, they should close every damm joint that has public gatherings. They should also close down every place that sells tobacco and booze.

They better not try the same stunt at MG / TB.
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hate to burst your bubble but I also heard from a reliable source....not even close.

Let's hope your right and I'm wrong. :-)

happy mardi gras
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slightly off-topic
i'm coming up to mardi gras from interstate

a friend up there has told me that all sex shops in sydney have been raided and none of them are allowed to stock amyl any longer. same with xxx porn.

doesn't sound like the sydney i have come to know (and love) over the last 5 years of visits.............

is this true?

i have not been able to find mention in the media at all.

some local knowledge would put set things straight
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Mardi Gras Party
For those who haven't seen it...

Mardi Gras Party Will Not Be Closed
Local News, By Christian Taylor, 28th February, 2007

The closing of Azure party last Sunday night has indeed opened a can of worms. People are crying discrimination, others complaining that the scene is too drug focused. Some of the mainstream media have been alluding to threats that this weekend’s Mardi Gras party faces certain closure as well. In amongst all the chatter sits Mardi Gras Chair Marcus Bourget.

“All party promoters face a challenge ensuing people party responsibly and within the law,” he says. “This is particularly true for Mardi Gras which attracts partygoers from all over the world. We have people from over 35 countries attending the party from places with sometimes quite different drug cultures to our own.”

Marcus says that Mardi Gras, because of the location of the parade and party, has always worked closely with the local area command – Surry Hills Police. “Working together with Surry Hills LAC and various other stakeholders, Mardi Gras has developed a reputation for the safety and welfare of its patrons which is second to none.”

Marcus has spoken to Surry Hills Police and assures partygoers that Mardi Gras party will not be raided this weekend. “It is very much ‘business as usual’ with respect to the policing and security measures in place for this year’s Parade and Party. We are not expecting any policing activities over and above those put in place at last year’s Parade and Party.”

Marcus says that Mardi Gras party is an event which does not necessarily depend on drug taking. “Our focus is on providing a variety and level of entertainment that keeps people entertained all night. It’s one reason why we have introduced a dedicated cabaret space this year as well as increasing our emphasis on live music and performances throughout the evening… It is a unique event on the Sydney calendar and we hope that people get their buzz from that.”

“The health of safety of our patrons is paramount… There will be a dedicated Mardi Gras medical unit on the Parade route. At the Party, the Mardi Gras medical team is situated behind the Hordern. In addition, there will be many ACON drug rovers roaming the site. The Mardi Gras Medical team has extensive front line experience in the management of all health related issues which may present themselves during the night. They are world leaders in their field and are there to help.”

Looks like it’s full steam ahead for what is shaping up to be the party of the year. Lets all hope that the events of last weekend at the very least remind us that we shouldn’t be complacent, and that we should never take what we have for granted.
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Not sure who your source is, but the capacity at Mardi Gras is quite huge. Last year there were early bird $99 tickets and it did not sell out.

This year with everybody having to pay full price, they'll do well if they attract the same attendance figure.
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Voyuer
The few of us who only come out once or twice a year to party are disturbed by the focus on this event by the NSW Police.....
My drug taking is benign and rare . . . but to think i might be out ..ed bya beagle and arrested is v worrying..any thoughts?
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you have a rare sensibility
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HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Went to see Hedwig and the angry inch tonight. What a knockout of a show and a great talent Iota is. Was blown away by it all.

Bring on the parade and parties........

HAPPY MARDI GRAS everyone....
Currently listening to: Dancing in the street - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
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PLEASE READ THIS....
Can everybody concerned about the police shutting down Azure and the effect this may have on Mardi Gras this Saturday night PLEASE read the article JGirl posted above.

Thanks hun. Very re-assuring to hear what Marcus had to say.

Happy Mardi Gras darlings. ;)
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Holding The Man
I went to see 'Holding The Man' last night and I just wanted to report that it is as excellent as everyone says.

What a f*&king amazing Mardi Gras Season; I have been to Hedwig, Priscilla, Launch, Fair Day and Pool Party plus Little Britain. Every event has been superb. It's going to be very hard to top this for the 30th Mardi Gras next year.

Can't wait for the Parade and Party! They look like they are going to be excellent too (the party has almost sold out I hear).
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That is very reassuring JGirl, where did you get that from?
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I really believe
you know how to feel
I trust you with all my heart and soul...
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Tips for partygoers
Good article in SX this week with handy tips for partygoers:

http://evolutionpublishing.com.au/sxnews/articles/dog-day-weekend.aspx
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Village Voice Article
Check out the interesting comments made by teh police and their positive relationship with NMG

http://www.villagevoice.com.au/article/20070228/NWS07/70228005/Party+not+linked+to+Mardi+Gras
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yeah... since thorpey died this week and he did sing "over the rainbow" and he was part of the Cross culture and his name his on the streets of the Cross.. why not play "most people i know think that im crazy??? it would be timely & cool...
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reading different comments in varying media etc we need to calm down change the tampon and not take it out on the police as many are on our side and we need them on our side some people have suggested hissing and booing the police float this would be rather silly and just cause more damage than good. Any way its about time the community had a shake up the drugs have become a source of living instead of some fun from time to time its long overdue the over indulgance stopped.....HAPPY MARDI GRAS its all about LOVE not War people
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JGirl
On behalf of JGirl - Christian Taylor's story came from www.samesame.com.au
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Where to Watch the Parade
The good people at Bobby Goldsmith Foundation have put together a fantastic Glamstand & Glam Bar to view the parade in style. It also raises much needed funds for BGF.

JUST RELEASED - Glamstand General Admission
$44 ($40 + GST) & booking fee
Standing room only area with access to food, bar and amenities as well as the closest views of the Parade.


Glamour Bar
$176 ($160 + GST) & booking fee
The perfect place to view the parade and get into the party spirit. Your ticket price includes entry to the Glamour Bar in an exclusive area located in the ideal position, plus food and beverages.

More info here:

http://www.bgf.org.au/4_4_glamstand.html
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We R Going!!!!!
Just got our tix.....

NOW I'm EXCITED!!!!!!

WOOOHOOOO!
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I Love a Parade
What a marvelous idea - printing names and descriptions of entries in SSO today - well done!!

I have a tiny wee question tho - where's the dykes on bikes?? Not listed - is this a typo?
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Mobile Phones
This may sound like a silly question but I have to ask...

Can you take mobile phones into the party???

I ask cos, every year I seem to lose my friends and partner for hours on end....and even organising a meeting point, whilst a good idea at the beginning of the party, seems to have the wheels fall off of it after a few hours at the party...
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Like everything else in the press of late, it's up to you what you take to the party.

Mobile Phones are not forbidden. Recording Devices are for copyright/managment reasons.
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Hissing and Booing the Police float ?

I'll spit on the first person I see do that :)

We need them as friends not our enemies. Its the higher ups you should target.

How would you feel if you were in trouble and the police
looked and laughed or hissed and boo'ed you ?
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You can take mobile phones into the party, if you must, but they should be used sparingly and I know you wouldn't even think about capturing images of people you don't know and whose consent you haven't obtained.
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Dykes on Bikes and Boys on Bikes are considered as part of Fore Play and are not officially part of the parade.
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From my experience you're best to coat check your phone and make a designated meeting point if you and your friends get separated. So you'd perhaps meet at the western side bar in the Hordern foyer on the 1/2 hour or something.

Unless you really think after a few tic tacs you can actually type out an sos, err I mean sms ;)
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Here Here.

The police were just doing their jobs - they've got the toughest gig ever with their work. give them abit of credit.

And if you are going to break the law, please be discreet about it and not flaunt it in public the way that happened at Azure.
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Howdy,
it's Peg Leg Sue here from Tassie. The person who manages this site called my last message humurous. Meet me in the ladies space at the party and I'll show you something humurous!! and a lit bit of manners to boot!
ONly came back to Sydany today after roo hunting in far western NSW with me mate Beryl. I sometimes call her stinky or crusty as her idea of hygiene is drinking a glass of water!
Beryl is tuff and I mean tuff. She can skin a critter with her teeth! But she's a goodly soul and is also keen on coming to the party.
If there is any pretty phillies out there who want to meet up just come and see us in the gal's bar. We'll shout a beer and take you on the dance floor for a quick toss and rumble! You can't miss me with my peg leg or follow your nose to Berryl!
Cheers mates and happy mardi gras
Sue
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POOL PARTY VIDEO
Mardi Gras have just posted a video of the pool party on their website.

Sexy boys!

http://mardigras.viostream.com/
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who else saw this letter in SSO today?
by Jon from Mascot | 1/03/2007 2:48:03 PM


TOURIST DISCOUNTS

As a regular volunteer marshal at Mardi Gras, I not only feel it my duty but enjoy giving up my time for our community.

This year, as in the past years, more than enough people have volunteered. However, what’s annoying is the packs of young, heterosexual, foreign backpackers “volunteering”.

It’s obvious they are only doing it for the cheap party ticket. They are not gay or lesbian and pay no attention at the preparation briefs – that is, until they hear the word “ticketing”. When they do eventually turn up to the parade in their own time, they simply sit around in their cliques, drink and talk on their mobiles, take photos, or move their backpacker friends who are behind the barricades to front positions.

At today’s brief I heard an Irish woman saying, “Yah, but we still get the cheap ticket at the end,” and they all laughed.

I marshal because as a gay man it gives me an emotional experience. Now I’m having my rightful place taken by some giggling foreign tourist who wants my position so she can take holiday snaps and get a cheap ticket at our expense.

I just did a training to marshall tonight and I must say I had largely the same experience. AND some very rude and aggressive lesbians. I am rethinking being a volly at all, if its going to be the UN of hetero backpackers and nasty dykes treating me like they are resentful of me even being at THEIR Mardi Gras.
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It really shits me to see the odd person using their phone or mini video camera filming at the party, (saw one guy at Sleaze doing it throughout the night) it's one thing to video the wow lighting but it's another when they are directing it towards people who are dressed or acting in ways they would not want taken out of context. I like to dress up for all the NMG parties and my partner doesn't like to wear much, we are comfortable in that environment, we don't want to be filmed or photographed.
Beside going over and knocking it out of their hands,

what should/ can we do about it on the night???
Currently listening to: can't wait to party - how many sleeps to go
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Currently listening to: Love Action - Human League
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Countdown boy, you are getting me all excited!!!
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from the kind of people trying to get cheap tix by marshalling, it sounds like you and your friends are on a live feed to a mobile phone in some pub in Dublin or a worldwide internet site. LOL
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well if more gays and lesbians got off their arses to volunteer perhaps mg wouldnt have to rely on backpackers... you don't see many 'party boys' lending a hand at any mardi gras events do you?
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I wouldn't be surprised if the cheap tickets have been listed in a backpacker travel guide.
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WEATHER FORECAST FOR SATURDAY
Just checked the weather forecast for Mardi Gras... fine and sunny ... 22 to 28 degrees.

It's going to be a hot parade n party!
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Yippeeeee!! I heard it on the radio this morning too! How exciting, how exciting, how exciting! I had Kylie blaring on my car stereo, heard the weather report... I'm in a FINE mood! Even the hoo haa from Sunday isn't enough to bring me down at the moment! I can't wait!
To Norm - Thanks for telling everyone where I got the story from! :)
Regarding booing the police, nah, that's just mean. We need them, like other people have said, I haven't got it in me... they were just doing their job. It might be a simplistic statement but it's true.
Regarding the back packers and angry dykes... hhmmm that sounds truly awful and I'm sorry to hear that some people have had that experience. Why can't everyone just be nice to each other? It's Mardi Gras! :D
Happy Mardi Gras everyone. Have a wonderful and safe parade and party. See you all on the dance floor (But which one?? There are so many wonderful areas to choose from at Party!).
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Currently listening to: Impossible Princess - Kylie
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Thanks for that clarification. I'm sure the Dykes on Bikes will love to learn that they are not officially part of the parade that they have led off for the past god knows how many years.
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I went to MG parade marshalling training at Redfern last night too. I assume they now advertise half price tix for 'volunteers' in backpacker hostels because the room looked like a UN camp of backpackers, none of whom were gay and all of whom chatted in their native tongues until the inductor mentioned the words 'half price tickets.' I dread to think what the party will be like, but I'm sure it will be on a live feed via backpacker cellphones sneaked in at the party to pubs across Dublin and probably a site online too.
I'm sure nobody cares too much, but my my foray back into getting involved with the parade and party has found it has been sold out to straighty potaties. I am not sure if I will do the parade and party now, I feel a bit out of place. And not a little sad at the loss of what we used to call gay pride in this town. No wonder lesbians want to have their own enclave away from it all.
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Dykes on Bikes are the iconic vanguard of the parade as always. For MG internal parade management purposes they are "Foreplay" - the parade is actually the floats. But to everyone else they are of course the first cab off the rank.
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oooo talking in native tongues?? backpackers??? and none were gay!
they're taking over the country!!!!!!!!!!!!
quick vote for a return to the white australia policy!!!!!!!!!!

i like the fact they work for us to make our party/parade good and safe and if a couple tix go their way... i say happy mardi gras...

in other words get over it!
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Exactly... GET OVER YOURSELF.

How do you know these were not Gay people, by the look? or the fact they were not speaking english..

You sound like a very sad narrow minded individual...

Isn't our community about respect and embacing all people, I mean half of my friends are straight does that mean they cannot attend the PARTY?

Grow up!!

Next you will be saying black or non anglo saxon white people cannot attend.

If you had your way you would have enough people to fill Flinders maybe...

Hope everyone goes to the parade and party positive, and ready for a night unlike any other. Gay, straight, bi who cares as long as you appreciate each other.

Be safe!

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Black and white minstrel who love to be GAY! - lol -

Most of the time mobiles are a just a waste of time at a party, you cant hear or feel them and when you go to text or call, youve got blurred vision from the helpers so you cant even use it.

However I will take mine just in case. :-)
I get other people to read my texts and make my calls (on my ph of course)
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Mrdi Gras update
Just got this email from mg...

Sadly we've had news that Katie Noonan will be unable to perform. We look forward to welcoming Katie to Mardi Gras Party another year. Also we were delighted to be able to add Sarah McLeod to our line-up. She will be joining Paul Mac in the Dome. We were also able to confirm another performer for the Forum, but that one will remain a surprise until the night.

SHOW 1 AUSSIELICIOUS
From the Dreamtime to the City Skyline - We travel the dusty roads of our Sunburnt country. From a sexy outback ho down to a new sensation of stubby wearing jack and jillaroos this year the Mardi Gras stage will be full of brut, brawn, hay and GAY!

SHOW 2 YOUNG DIVAS LOVE
Australia’s hottest female vocalists The Young Divas belt out our favourite anthems from their top 10 self-titled album. You don’t want to miss these sexy showgirls strutting their stuff with their hot boys and kick arse vocals to make us shake our money-makers diva style!


SHOW 3 DESPERATE DRAGWIVES
There’s a desperate DRAG in all of us screaming to get out and on Saturday 3rd March 5 of Australia’s most respected DQs have brought their HOT gardening tools and their SEXY back for a camp dose of domestic pleasure! Get out of the kitchen and get into your man - oops, I mean the garden! These ladies ain’t gonna stop till they get it all, cause baby there ain’t no other!
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Gotcha. Thanks for the response. I know it's semantics to a degree - but I was just making the point that they are not mentioned in the program. See peeps - it can all work in a civilised, grown up fashion. I asked a question - made my point - received a civil and reasonable answer. We all go away happy.

I cannot wait for the parade AND the party!!!
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Music for Mardi Gras?
If you are a fan of Little Britain and have not heard Daffyd's song ('I'm Gay') which was used as the show's finale you can listen to it here:

http://music.ninemsn.com.au/playlist.aspx?sectionid=2465§ionname=artistfeature&subsectionid=8734&subsectionname=totallygay&categoryid=2549

Have a great Mardi Gras everyone! Whether you're going to the parade, the party, or simply catching up with a friend or two at home I hope that everyone enjoys our biggest night of the year. :-)
Currently listening to: I'm Gay - Daffyd aka Matt Lucas
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You're on the dance floor at MG and it's about 4am.
You turn around and spot someone about one metre away.
You can't believe your eyes and they are looking back at you smiling.
Who would you love the person to be? Maybe someone famous, maybe someone infamous, maybe someone who've always wanted to meet .....
Tell all
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"Who would you love the person to be? Maybe someone famous, maybe someone infamous, maybe someone who've always wanted to meet ....."

As long as he is hung more than 9 inches I'd be very delighted.
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Ooohhh great question.... hhhmmm I think it would either be Kylie or Cate Blanchett for me! I love them both! I don't think I'd cope though, there'd be tears for sure! :D
BUT Mr/Ms Anonymous! You didn't give us the answer to your own question... who would you want it to be?
Currently listening to: Stoned in Love - Chicane
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Pics
Oops. I have been slack/busy/hung over and didn't manage to post this pic that sapph sent me of the RHI as it was earlier this week:

Currently listening to: Lay Your Love On Me (Wayne G Mix) - Marco V & Benjamin
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More Pics
I had to run up the road to get a bit more paint this morning and saw the screen arriving at Taylor Square:

Currently listening to: Sunshine On My Mind - Major Boys
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I popped down to DJ's this arvo and passed an incredibly long queue outside the Elizabeth St Ticketek. Almost back to Park St.
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Have a fantastic and safe Mardi Gras everyone! Were still at that final slog of getting everything together but it's in the air and looking fantastic. She'l be programming through the night to bring you pure fucking heaven!

Happy Mardi Gras!
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Arghhh... Mardi Gras tomorrow and today I am struck down with chronic hayfever. Bloody flowers/rain/humidity.
Can anyone offer any quick fixes, I have tried Telfast and Claratyne to no avail? A runny nose and watery eyes will not go with my oufit!
Currently listening to: How did you get here - Deborah Cox
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let me be the first to say...
brad, the events and co-ord teams, the amazingly talented men and woman of the turntables, lighting & sound techs, performers, the many hundreds of volunteers, the smiling bar staff (?) and happy roving police presence and of course last but not least, what would have to be the best, god damn sexiest, upforit crowd i've partied with in years; i thank you all for another great event. i had a blast as per usual.
and if my congrats turn out to be a little premature and incorrect then i'll gladly accept any verbal cyber backlash that may apply.
have a great one people after all its YOU that makes the biggest party impression on the person next to you, and so on and so forth on both sides of that bloody rainbow. ;)
Currently listening to: it's alright (chris lake remix) - sterling void
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YOung Divas
Can you tell me what time Young Divas are on in the RHI?
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The only thing that works for me is Sudafed -although it could interfere with getting a good pre-party night's sleep. The chemist will also ask you to fill out a form in order to supply it to you.

A natural alternative is triple strength horseradish/garlic/vitamin C combo. The horseradish should dry everything up for you without keeping you awake. :-)

Hope it helps!
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I popped down to DJ's this arvo and passed an incredibly long queue outside the Elizabeth St Ticketek. Almost back to Park St.

Usually the line runs north. Anyway I went to the Met Centre Ticketek and it was empty :) So got my tix straight (or gay) away.

The tix are numbered in the 13,500 range which is fantastic.

Nobody is selling their MG party tix on Pinkboard either, so this will be one humdinger of a knees up.
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Achooo...i thoroughly recommend zyrtec. as a fellow hayfever sufferer, this hayfever tablet is incredible. you take one, it lasts 24 hours and you dont sneeze or get that horrible dried out/swirly head feeling that clarytyne or telfast give you.

oh and have a great party...

weather's balmy, full moon approaching, it feels like it's 1998 again when the weather used to be like this for mardi gras.
Currently listening to: chris lake feat emma hewitt - carry me away
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Currently listening to: Whenever you need sombody - Rick Astley
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I'd like to wish everybody a happy 5th New Mardi Gras!
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Let me just confirm that the Party is looking great, sounding great and the Djs are all excited about giving you all what they passionately love doing - we did most soundchecks this evening.

If you are not going, re-think that decision. It's our celebration for us. There is more than something for everyone - even camp cabaret.

And please play it safe with your drugs and your sex - we want you all here for the 30th next year.

Happy Mardi Gras - see you at the Party and/or Toybox... then some me time... :)
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Yay :)
From the Bureau of Meteorology site:

Forecast for Saturday
Fine. Mostly sunny. Humid. Early fog patches in the west. Light winds tending moderate northeasterly, fresh along the coast in the afternoon and evening.
Precis: Fine. Mostly sunny.
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Currently listening to: Got to be certain - Kylie Minogue
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My own expirence
This year for Mardi Gras got a bit more involved lets see

1. Attended fair day, got there at 9am set up a gazebo waited for friends left at 6pm after pulling drunk friends out of dance tent
2. Volunteered for Mardi Gras marching group, meet a lot of new people get to wear a great costume in the parade, got a half price ticket for my troubles, (a lot of reherasals)
3. Attended Pool party, great night even with the storm
4. Even though Azure is not offically part of Mardi Gras, went to a dance party that got closed down, it was a good been there,
5. Attended a lot more reherasal and one dress with the floats, they look hot
6. Friday night before trying to get a early night because of big weekend with Parade, Party and Toybox, but really excited,
7. Bought friends ticket to the Mardi Gras VIP area, it is great to be a member they are all excited, it is the best way to watch the parade, with your own bar, DJ, Commentery toilet and lots of room to move, worth being a member sometimes

Everyone has there own Mardi Gras experence this year has to be the best, cant wait to get more involved next year with the parade

Happy Mardi Gras and Play Safe

I am
Currently listening to: Be with out you - Mary J bligh
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i second that. was at the staff briefing on site tonight and they have their shit together. brad was looking somewhat too calm and very sharp in pants and shirt, which i think is a first. the party is massive and very well organised, especially liked the point he made about it being a team effort. go team mardi gras!
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good bit of news
http://www.video.news.com.au/newsinteractive/videopage/videoplayer/?channel=Entertainment+Special&clipid=1094_90057&bitrate=300&format=wmp
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Bears pool party
Great night. Worked hard and had lots of fun. Thanks guys, you all rock. See you on the dance floor tomorrow night!

Woof! :-)
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Have the best time that you can have you lucky SOBS, so sad not to be able to be there!! Hope you all have the NIGHT OF YOUR DREAMS!!!! :) Happy Mardi Gras.
Currently listening to: All the Young Dudes - David Bowie
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We're watching in Europe
I'm a Sydney expatriate living in Germany and want to wish all a happy, safe and empowering Mardi Gras. This is the first one I've missed in 18 years, and despite the fact I live in a country where my relationship is legally recognised and supported both politically and socially, I would love to be there right now in the thick of it among my friends and loved ones letting the world know that back home, it's not over until we're EQUAL!! Have a wonderful time, take care of each other and make wise choices. The world is watching. SEND THE MESSAGE!!
Currently listening to: The Glamorous Life - Sheila E
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MG...Far Away....!!
Lucky you all - Enjoy the night and the Dreams.....!!!

Where did you meet? Mardi Gras.....!!!
Where did you break up? Sleaze Ball....!!!

T n K.......
Currently listening to: Sweet Dreams - Annie Lennox
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Exclusive Members Lounge at Mardi Gras Party
From the MG email...

If you're a Mardi Gras Member then make sure you enter the party through the Members only express entrance where you will be given a wrist band. This wrist band gives you access to priority cloak check as well as the exclusive Members Lounge on the top level of the Forum. The Members Lounge is your space to get away from the crowds and chill out in the LOVEsacs and comes complete with it's own bar, toilets and of course all the cool retro sounds from the Forum Dj's. We hope to see you there!
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HAPPY MARDI GRAS.......
Look at that beautiful sunny Sydney day out there.....it's just gunna be fantastic today.

12 and a bit hours to the parade, 14 and a bit hours to the party. Couldn't sleep too much last night soooo excited. Try and have a nanna nap this arvo - but doubt it.

HAPPY MARDI GRAS SYDNEY......
Currently listening to: My feet itching to dance
HAPPY FEET -

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Currently listening to: Dreams - Wild Color
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ps

http://www.yarwood.com.au/mg2007/sound/index01.mp3
Currently listening to: Karma Chameleon
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Tried to sleep
tried to get a good sleep last night in build up for the big night tonight. ... noisy neighbours...grrrrrrr. Nanna nap this arvo then offf for a big big party time....hope to dance with as many of you all as I can!!!!
Currently listening to: Como hablar - Eva Amaral
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Happy Mardi Gras!
Have a great time at the parade and party everyone! One last bit of goss that I managed to find...

There will also be a surprise guest performing in the We Love Lycra space in The Forum. We can’t give too much away, but expect to be taken back in time just a little bit, to a moment in recent history when bike shorts and citrus coloured lycra were considered acceptable pop singer attire.
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Currently listening to: Hanging on the telephone - Blondie
countdownboy Confirmed -

Shine tonight Sydney. And have the best night of your life doing it.

Happy Mardi Gras girls!
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Happy Mardi Gras to everyone! Have a lovely time today, party hard, and take care of each other.

Thank you Countdownboy for once again adding to the antici.... pation. Love your work.

Thanks to all the people who helped put on this crazy infuriating month of stuff, that went off like a frog in a sock. Pats to all who endured the dramas and tanties, and yet came out at the end satisfied and amazed at a job well done. For without the bitchy queens and those infuriating lesbians, not a lot would get done in this town. You all rock. :-)

See you lot tonight at the party. I'll be the short grey butch in the camo shorts and black singlet(not that it narrows it down much :-) ). Say hi and have a boogy.

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!!
Evil Twin Confirmed -

You lucky lucky peeps. NEVER take Mardi Gras for granted, especially when there are so many of us who can't be there.

Have a truly fantastic night.
Currently listening to: You Got the Love - Candi Statten
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We'll have a dance for you and your man.
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Currently listening to: I'm your money - Heaven 17
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Happy Mardi Gras
Happy Mardi Gras everyone! And what fantastic weather we've got for it! Can't wait to hit that dancefloor and burn it up all night!

Be good and if you can't be good be good at it!! ;)
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Wow what fabulous weather for Mardi Gras and my search for Mr Right. Happy Mardi Gras everyone
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Happy Mardi Gras from San Francisco. Have a fantastic time and celebrate. Long live Kylie Minogue!!!!!!
Currently listening to: Spinning Around - Kylie Minogue
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This is it, the night of nights! Live it up to the absolute max tonight...and never take for granted how lucky we are to ahve this celebration....
Peace and love to you all!!!!!
Currently listening to: Girls on Film - Duran Duran
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Currently listening to: Angel - Madonna
countdownboy Confirmed -

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Currently listening to: Black is Black - Bjorn Again
countdownboy Confirmed -

Flu on Monday, aches and lethargy Tue/Wed/Thu , Friday feeling better , Saturday just busting - phewwwwww
got over it but a friends havent.

See you in Hordern/Dome Evil Twin and girlf, Panther and
boyf, JGirl ?
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What's the old saying? "Married at mardi Gras, divorced at sleaze"! Its all about nesting over winter! :-)
Now stop reading this and go and have a disco nap!
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Love your work!
Go the yarwoods!
wax and polish -

its getting very close to opening time
There are only 6 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are only 6 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are only 6 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are only 6 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are only 6 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are only 6 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are only 6 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are only 6 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are only 6 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are only 6 Hours to Mardi Gras !!
Currently listening to: Age Of Reason - John Farnham
countdownboy Confirmed - NAP TIME !!!!!!! -

boy george rules!
Interesting mix, but this angry dj who did this mix needs to get laid! Someone help..... Please!!!
George is a legend. Rock the Horden Boy!
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Hey Ya'll HAPPY MARDI GRAS 2007!!!!!!! COUNTDOWN BOY MAN YOU TALK IT UP BIGTIME YOU GO PARTY BOY HEHE!!!! TO ALL THOSE BOOTYLICIOUS GALS THIS GIRL IS ON THE HUNT! I'LL BE SITTING AT THE BACK (((BIRDSEYE))) I CAN SEE YOU BUT YOU CANT SEE ME..SMIRK...SPOTTING TIPS... RUBBER SKIRT FETISH THEMED...BLONDE... TALL... ENJOY TONITE... PLAY SAFE ITS OUR NITE TONITE... HAPPY MARDI GRAS!!!!!!!! THE SAPPH GIRL
Currently listening to: YOUR'RE NO GOOD FOR ME - TOCADISCO RECOVERY MIX
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MG.......Boogie Nights
Never Say NEVER.....
Watching in Ireland......!!!!
Currently listening to: Sweet Dreams - Annie Lennox
DragonBoy -

Sniffer Dog concerns
as a breeder of pedigree Beagles & Golden Labrodors, may I offer this helpfull tip: take a small piece of Cabanossi with you and if you get worried that one of those adorable dogs might pay you some unwanted attention, simply drop the cabanossi on the ground and keep walking. those little darlin's cant resist a piece of tasty cabanossi. yum yums !
Currently listening to: Legs - ZZ Top
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yup, see you there T
The Girlfriend -

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yes well latest info is that there will be dogs and they are doing full body pat downs, so expect delays and line ups getting in
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its on now
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awake and excited
There are 2 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are 2 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are 2 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are 2 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are 2 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are 2 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are 2 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are 2 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are 2 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are 2 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are 2 Hours to Mardi Gras !!

There are 2 Hours to Mardi Gras !!
Currently listening to: Suburbia - Pet Shop Boys
countdownboy Confirmed -

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"yes well latest info is that there will be dogs and they are doing full body pat downs, so expect delays and line ups getting in"

This post is unnecessarily antagonistic. I see it as a nasty effort by someone too make punters feel uneasy before heading to the party. WE KNOW there were dogs at Azure last week and WE KNOW there might be dogs tonight , there's no need to rub it in.
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almost time to party
ONLY 30 Minutes to Mardi Gras !!

ONLY 30 Minutes to Mardi Gras !!

ONLY 30 Minutes to Mardi Gras !!

ONLY 30 Minutes to Mardi Gras !!

ONLY 30 Minutes to Mardi Gras !!

ONLY 30 Minutes to Mardi Gras !!

ONLY 30 Minutes to Mardi Gras !!

ONLY 30 Minutes to Mardi Gras !!

ONLY 30 Minutes to Mardi Gras !!

ONLY 30 Minutes to Mardi Gras !!
Currently listening to: The hearts lone desire - Matthew Marsden
countdownboy Confirmed -

Its finally open
MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!

MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!

MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!

MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!

MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!

MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!

MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!

MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!

MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!

MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!

MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!

MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!

MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!

MARDI GRAS 2007 IS NOW OPEN YAY !!


Thank Goodness ...............

Thanks Everybody !!!!!!!!!
Currently listening to: Thats the way it is - Mel & Kim
countdownboy Confirmed - Finally !!!!!!!! -

WARNING! DOGS INSIDE RUMOUR
HI Guys,

We are recieving reports that there may be dogs inside tonight! Get the pepper out!!
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Now we hear there are now dogs. Who do we believe?
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Re: Parade
Hi all just back from a very busy Mardi Gras and may I say the best one I have expereinced in the 6 years that i have attended. A HUGE thank you to ACON and all the staff who worked so hard in making the night as fantastic as it was. Hats off to those boys who spent the day getting trucks ready and lighting and sound.

Happy Mardi Gras everyone. Sorry i cant be at the part but to many things happening at work however, have a dance or three for me and again Thanks ACON for making tonight for me irreplaceable.
Currently listening to: Irreplaceable - Beyonce
Eddie -

Mr Frank Wallace
Hi guys let us all see your pics/photos asap!

do you make a gallery up as I do?

www.fphotoworks.org
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Police Praise Revellers
Police praise Mardi Gras revellers

4 March 2007

Police have praised the majority of revellers at last night’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations.

Large crowds flocked to the parade route which centred on Oxford and Flinders Streets in Darlinghurst.

Eleven people were arrested and have been charged with a range of offences including affray, assault police, possessing prohibited drugs, assault and resisting arrest. Last night’s operation involved general duties and specialist police from across Sydney.

Operation Commander, Assistant Commissioner Garry Dobson, said police were pleased with the behaviour of the majority of the spectators.

“However, we are concerned about the level of alcohol consumption along the parade route which might have been the catalyst for a number of incidents such as one in which three males in Flinders Street were taken into custody after they threw bottles into the crowd,” Assistant Commissioner Dobson said.

“During the night, ambulance officers treated and transported people for lacerations, collapse and other possible after effects of intoxication.”

Arrests included:
A 20-year-old woman charged with assault after an incident in Liverpool Street;
Two 15-year-old youths and a 17-year-old youth arrested were arrested for affray. They will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.
A 17-year-old female for assault police, resist arrest, and three outstanding warrants

As part of an operation at Moore Park using drug detection dogs, police arrested a 37-year-old woman for the alleged deemed supply of a prohibited drug. Twenty-three people were issued Field Court Attendance Notices for the possession of a prohibited drug and 15 cannabis cautions were issued.


http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/recent_media_unit_information?sq_content_src=aHR0cDovL2N1c3RvbXNjcmlwdHMucG9saWNlLm5zdy5nb3YuYXUvbmV3cy9kZXRhaWxzX21lZGlhLnBocD9NZWRpYUlEPTg4MjY%3D
Margeaux -

Yobs
The parade and party were full of drunken yobs. At the party I saw a straight guy tell some gay guys that they were disgusting.

BRING BACK MEMBER ONLY PARTIES!
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my party observation
umm funny one this one..i guess its an individual kinda thing but this year's one i couldnt get into it..sure there were lots of spaces to find what you wanted to find..but for some reason i tried to slot into the vibe and try as i might couldnt get into it..maybe it was because every thing was so neatly packaged and wrapped..im not putting the party down at all..no doubt many had the best time..but after going to 6 i guess they cant all be up and again it's an individual's choice..ok i caught boy george looking cool in his red hat and belting some beats..took awhile to get going..i didnt take the bait..the girls space was nice..the pole dancers were cool as to the music..it was little too small and they run out of bottled water at 1am..great..at least we got fed cups of water hehe..umm the dome was pretty damn sweaty which is nothing new...the rhi..mmm yeah cool..the forum was good..and i liked the MG's policy of giving members a few benefits like the members lounge..which was cool..the priority queue thingy didn't really apply as i turned up later..although the bag frisking was a little on the over zealous side..mmm i know the logistics etc..but sometimes being a person who observes rules it gets annoying..ah well..saw a lot of police outside..like a round 40 before entering which was kinda like what the F&*@???..cant remember seeing that to other parties..anyhow im off to toybox..hope everyone had a great time..and hope your recovery is a cool safe and happy filled space..enjoy! sapph
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What makes you think that the drunken yobs were not gay? What were the gay boys doing that led to the comment that they were disgusting and how come you are so sure that the person who made the comment was straight.
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"no doubt many had the best time..but after going to 6 i guess they cant all be up"

Hey, honey, imagine how I feel after 20something of em.
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here's my thoughts...i was really excited to go and see boy george...the first hour of his set was great, very energetic...the second hour however was soo slow, couldn't wait for it to end.

Prior to boy george's set i was hoping to catch some retro sounds at Forum...saw bob downe do his opening thing, then the crappy 70's music came on and i have never seen a place empty so quickly...it was like there was a fire and everyone had to evacuate.

The music and vibe in RHI and Horden just didn't seem to be the same vibe as previous parties i have been too...there was a great vibe however in the forecourt when scott pullen was dj'ing...everyone seemed to be outside..parting...come 5am i was over it..overall it was good...but wasn't the best by far...too bad boy george didn't play some more uplifting music...and what was with the decorations in the RHI...perhaps all the money was spent on mr george.
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I worked in traffic control at end of parade and, exhausting and challenging as it was, with angry crowds trying to cross the parade route, medical emergencies that I couldn't get an ambulance to, 1000's and 1000's of people just all over the place, etc., etc. Listening in on the radio I could hear everything that went on last night and I came to realise how huge and chaotic the parade is and how it only works because we all co operate and work together for that one cause. I want to thank every one of the 120 floats and 1000's of participants for being so fabulous and co operative, you made t all work so well. The only exception of course was ACON, who decided they were too special to follow the rest of the parade and insisted they were going to walk through my volunteers who were trying to marshall them onto the safety of the Yellow Brick Road to join their vehicle. The arrogance was stunning, and capped off by the follow up luxury coach carrying the executives, who stepped out looking like princesses in search of a red carpet. So I'm glad the ACON member above loves ACON so much. Our experience of that lot was less pleasant.

As for the parade and party, it was a MG parade and party, for some it was the best ever, for others it was lame, depending very much on yourself, and your drugs. But it was a time to look at some fabulous things and amazing people, wear something dreadful, fab or sleazy, sit on the floor of the Hordern with old friends you haven't seen for 12 months and to party, bitch about the sad shows, get a bit wasted and stay up way past your bedtime. It's Mardi Gras, it's unique, and I love it all.
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yaaaawn
one out of how many thousands? get over yopurself princess
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I have to agree, there was not much vibe to be had. The hordern was absolutely appalling going from lounge music one minute to a slight beat the next then back to lounge.

Overall I found the whole production sloppy. The lighting and scenic were boring, the dancefloors had shrunk in size, the shows bordered on the embarrasing, the toilet queues were ridiculous and the security guards were the rudest I have ever come across.

Of all the 10 or so Mardi Gras parties I have been to over the years this one was the absolute worst. I can't help but wonder who Mardi Gras are catering for... judging by all the straight people I'll give you one guess.
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i had a great time at the party. boy george was sensational! but thought it was a little odd that there was no closing show in the rhi. nevermind. happy recovery everyone.
Sensible Shoes -

best psrty ever
dome oh dome
we have you back!
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Nice to see that having been asked to lead the Parade, Rupert Everett went to such a lot of trouble with his outfit.
Currently listening to: The Chauffeur - Duran Duran
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"umm funny one this one..i guess its an individual kinda thing but this year's one i couldnt get into it"

Funny you should say that. I felt exactly the same way....just couldn't put my finger on why. I have never seen the Horden so jam packed. Was there for about 45 mins into Boy George's set, which was sounding promising, but couldn't take the shoulder to shoulder and heat any more (first time that's happened for me) and ventured into the Dome. Was the wooden dancefloor in the Horden smaller that usual?

The Dome was also very warm and had a bit of a break out the back before moving on.

Caught some of The Presets and was impressed.

The highlight for me was Mandy and Feisty's set....loved it!!...always reliable, and I finally got into my MG party. Would have preferred them to be in the 3am DJ slot though.
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I thought the RHI was way too bright, and too much white. Hordern music was odd, Dome was great but music very patchy.

Shows were definitely lacklustre, although the RHI dancers were sensational.

Was it me or did there seem to be fewer people there this year? Plenty of room to move around RHI, Hordern and Dome...
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Ditto, it was quite a flat party overall. And I can't put my finger onto why either. Certainly the heat and humidity of the last few days didn't help, I just can't remember being so soaked in the RHI, my finger tips completely wrinkled up. I think also with so many recoveries afterwards, and with policing activities, many patrons were going hard very early on. Whereas in years before, most people peak probably around the 3-5am mark. Just an observation. Enjoy the rest of the recoveries everyone, party safe.
Currently listening to: The Fan Whirling - The Fan
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"best psrty ever
dome oh dome
we have you back!"

Actually, love, Dome returned to us at Inquisition last year. It's a great space isn't it!
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worst MG party I have ever been to.

I'll make sure I don't waste my dollars again next year.

Also I object the blantant rip-off for drink prices. NMG got just about every aspect of this party wrong.

Surely the excessive heat in the Dome would constitue a public saftey risk? The Dome was the only place I could find good music during the time I was there, but the ehat was so opressive that we had to leave after a very short time.
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Live parade webcast@9pm a total shocker
How can u have a live webcast at 9pm when the advertised start is 7.45pm? The first effort at 9pm was without audio & from there it got a whole lot worse. What a woeful looking broadcast this was. Amateur hour at best – about as exciting as watching the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir without the acid. This could be good, give it to some students with a bit of artistic merit & creativity & get rid of who ever was responsible for that crap. I turned it off after 20 mins, rather look at porn.
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home now , exhasured and going to bed... but heres something I couldnt resist
There are 215 Days to Sleaze Ball !!

There are 215 Days to Sleaze Ball !!

There are 215 Days to Sleaze Ball !!

There are 215 Days to Sleaze Ball !!

There are 215 Days to Sleaze Ball !!

There are 215 Days to Sleaze Ball !!
Currently listening to: no music - peace n quiet
countdownboy Confirmed - feeeling worse 4 wear -

Countdownboy, great to see you dancing your heart out, sweat pouring off you, really getting into the spirit. Looked like you were having a great time!
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yeah we did MG party to have a look the muisc was all over the place no one w2as having any fun Boy Goegre couldnt DJ his way out of a paper bag. TOYBOX was just amazing bloody incredfible this our second (our first Toybox was New Years day) where thye decked out the Horden and out on party that showed MG for the total amatures that they are.
Will i was my time going to a MG party again NEVER they always cock it up and im over giving them 2nd and third chances.
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Well my group thoroughly enjoyed MG - thank you NMG / Brad W and volunteers.

Have to agree Hordern was just not the Hordern we love but it wasnt hideous and it was very packed so others were enjoying. Would have loved it to have been much harder in the middle of the night , as someone posted maybe Mandy on at 3am.... Boy George's first half was good, 2nd hour lost me so headed to Dome which was banging away as usual but oh so hot ! but persevered.
And what was with Boy George's flat singing over the songs ?

Loved all the spaces, all the walking in that lovely night air, sitting watching the world go by.

Oh and way too many times we heard that siren with people being carted off. Will they ever learn ?

Yobbo's ? never saw them but what do you expect at a Parade with 300,000 and a party with how many ?

Retro Hall had queues so obviously others were enjoying that.

Hopefully Hordern will return harder for Sleaze :)

This is over 20 MG's for me and still love them.
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Drink Prices
Agree with the comment about drink prices, though it's always been the case.
Though to be fair this isn't Mardi Gras, it's an issue with the venue licensing.
However, my gripe is that it encourges people to take drugs cause it must be cheaper! $7 for a can of Extra Dry!!! Why premium beers anyway???
I was meaning to go into the pub ... Fox & Hound??? to find out if they servered alcohol and their normal prices. Does anyone know?
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"I have never seen the Horden so jam packed....Was the wooden dancefloor in the Horden smaller that usual"

Yes it was. If you noticed the DJ booth was brought quite forward into the venue effectively cutting off a large chunk of the usual dancefloor. The design of the DJ booth also meant that you couldn't see the DJ if you did dance within a few feet of it so the back 3/4 of what was left of the dancefloor was artificially packed. Mardi Gras completely stuffed this space. I thought the scenic was totally uninspiring. Boy George was interesting for the first hour then the second decended into mostly lounge music with him humming over the top of songs and continually shouting out to the crowd to get them to look at his video camera.

I only heard part of Vanessa Wagners set in The Forum and it was woeful. There was no attempt to even try and mix the songs into each other. The space fealt like a morgue and on top of that the security guards manning the doors were rude.

The RHI was a better bet but a little too hot. I agree with one of the posts above that the scenic was white and thus the place was too bright. The whole magic of the shows was gone because you knew who was playing and when (they were announcing the times of the shows as you walked into the party).

The vibe of the party overall was lacklustre so here are 10 suggestions for Mardi Gras to consider (I would love to hear other peoples ideas):

1. Make it a members only party
2. Bring back trance or hard energy into the Hordern
3. Don't announce who is performing at the shows - keep it a surprise... it creates anticipation
4. Brief your security so they can be friendly
5. Introduce suprise happenings through the venues, eg the 20 Spongebob Squarepants puppets that came onto the dancefloor in the middle of Toybox NYD were quite funny
6. Get giant fans to occasionally cool down the RHI and dome - hell make it part of a show
7. The music needs more energy to keep the vibe up - keep the tribal music to the Dome were it suits that space and get rid of the lounge music altogether.
8. Get rid of the commercial stalls in the place... tacky tacky tacky.
9. Make the scenic look more gay or at least cutting edge
10. Drop the "New" and put the "Gay and Lesbian" back into "Mardi Gras"!
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Mardi Gras Parade 2007 Photos
Hi Guys,

I've uploaded the parade photos on my website. Please enjoy.

http://www.ktgraphic.com

Koman
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Harder Hordern - YES

Giant fans for RHI but especially Dome - YES
Agree on 2 points but still had a FANTASTIC time -

god the music in the horden was shabby to say it nice. dome was to hot and rhi was best at freemasons but had heard it all before! most the dj seems amaturish at best but paul goodyear savedd it!
the outsid was paked cause of the cool and the good at girl bar was really pumping.
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My friends and I had an absolute ball! Thought it was the best party we had been to in years - having said that, we spent most of the night in the forecourt area outside the Hordern and RHI - music was fantastic funky house, and it was the perfect night/morning to dance outdoors with all your best friends! And oh so social!! Have to agree it was WAY too hot in the RHI, Hordern and Dome, although spent a bit of the night dancing in the Dome - music was fantastic - love that space! Well done guys, everyone I have spoken to had the best night in years, so it's a little disappointing to hear some people didn't enjoy their night... Oh well, back to normality for this party animal!
Currently listening to: my keyboard tapping
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i agree the $7 was a major rip off and i would like Mardi Gras to explain how Toybox New years day the same can of beer was $5 at the Horden SAME VENUE so is it the venue or Mardi Gras profiteering on this party? as $2 Mardi Gras Tax is as crimminal as the gay bars on the strip who give no $$ support ot Mardi gras or their sponsors but add MG tax on top of their pricing for 24 hours
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Mardi Gras Memories
Just got back into the real workd after a fatntastic weekend. I had a ball in the Parade beforfe heading off to the Party.

The only down side was the over heavy handed policing. How many thousand police officers did it take to make 11 arrests?

The party was a triumph. Great effort by everyone concerned. I loved the whole thing from the pumping atmosphere during Boy George's set to the fun boogie outside for the last few hours.

Thanks a million to all the volunteers who maje it all possible. You guys are amazing.
Newtown Boy - On the long road to recovery -

A huge thank you to everyone involved in Mardi Gras 2007! Had a pretty good time at the party, but yeah, wasn't up there with the best of mine (there's been about 18 of 'em), but that's cool. RHI was very hot around the time of the first show. Was at the Forum a few times and each time I had an absolute ball....I'm an 80s tragic, what can I say...enjoyed dancing with you John, if you happen to read this...but yeah the vibe in the RHI wasn't the same as it usually is between 3 and 7am...disappointed there was no final show too....was kinda weird to end the night/morning without the final show. The 10 point plan a few listings above has lots of good suggestions.
kevin -

party, party , party
I am always amazed at how negative the toybox afficionados are re. the orignial mardi gras party. Surely, if they are a fair representation of the toybox part goers, then they can't be very nice people.
I had a great time at the MG party, but a main part has always been catching up with old friends that i haven't seen for months. As for the vibe, i think the fact that there were MAJOR undercover cops hanging around the various halls had a severe dampening effecrt on the overall mood. Against my expectation, i also enjoyed boy george's set, he waqs relaxed and happy and i thought the red top hat was kinda cute.
One hint, re the decorations at te RHI, i can see where the set designers were trying to acheive with the hanging white sheets, but may i suggests that that a more translucent material be used. That way, the eyeline and any laser lights can see through to the entire hall space :)
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First of all a huge thank you to all the volunteers at the party. Secondly, I tried to have an amazing time, I really did, but the whole vibe just seemed........blah? I'm no expert but most of the music on the night was very ordinary, and why is it that local DJs always outshine the international acts? Huge thanks to our local heroes! Were BG and Freemasons even trying?

I thought the (lack of) appropriate decoration was woeful, and the shows uninspiring. Was I hallucinating or were they dancing around with plastic washing baskets in the show around 6am? Washing baskets?? I really do hate to be negative but I couldn't find anything that justified the circa-$100 ticket price. We have all been so caught up in being "accepted" that we've become beige and bland.

Please don't take this as an attack against NMG as they really have their work cut out for them to survive, I just hope they can work out their issues and make the 30th anniversary next year truly something to remember.
Currently listening to: Catch You - Sophie Ellis Bextor
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"and why is it that local DJs always outshine the international acts? Huge thanks to our local heroes! Were BG and Freemasons even trying?"

I think that's maybe about locals tending to know what gets their community going and giving it to them. Overseas headliners tend to want to showcase their "talent" more and "perform." It's kind of understandable because you've been hired for your "name" but punters are more into getting down and partying in my experience rather than being awed by individual DJ artistry.
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Had a brilliant time. Some great converstions with really intersting people and danced a storm up in the dome (losing about 5kg in the process..was hot very. hot)

a huge thank you to all the volunteers

peace
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Thank you NMG for a job well well done. I had the best time at the Party. Thank you for trying out something new -- I LOVED the live sets at the Dome. Paul Mac and his friends were just awesome! The vibe in the place was spine tingling. More live acts please in future. What a great concept! It works! So cool!

Boy George... well, what can you say? He is a fecking legend! Love the red hat, babe, ever so slightly tilted to one side; loved you singing above the music though it sounded flat sometimes. Who the fuck cares; you're BG! Loved your campness. Loved the diversity of your music and the element of surprise. I actually thought you would have played a harder set. But camp is good -- whether in the RHI or the Hordern! BG, I'm not a big fan of yours, but you are always welcome to play here in Sydney. Thank you. Thank you. A brilliant stroke.

Paul Goodyear...what a ripper of a set, darls! You rock, the best set of the night for me. New music, old music with a new twist, remixes you've never heard before. Paul, your music is always so so fresh; it got the packed hall pumping. You even made the RHI sound great!

Finished at the Hordern at 10 with the great duo Mandy and Feisty. Well done girls. Fabulously sexy, appropriately dirty.

This has to be one of my best Mardi Gras for its diversity and for its 'balls' to try out new things. Onward and upward, NMG as we approach the BIG 30. Keep challenging the notion 'this is how we used to do it'; continue to rock the boat, subvert, inject freshness, camp, variety, the energy of youth into our parties. You've done marvelously well -- you and your thousands of vollies. A great great season from launch to fairday through to the parade and the party. 9 kisses out of 10. XX
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how many?
Does anyone know the final numbers?
It seemed like about 17,000+
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a little help
would the little guy with the best ripped abs & cheekiest grin who stole my heart @ mardi gras please return it post haste.
you know who you are & i know you read pinkboard as we discussed the dog warning posted pre party.
those killer boots, those little pink jocks - you were mardi gras to us.
hope you eventually found what you were looking for. XX
wayne & pete -

I know i'm gonna sound such a whingeing wowser - but on reading the comments i'm relieved now that i opted not to go to the after-party. I had a crap time at the last Sleaze Ball - i couldn't get into the music anywhere when all in was after was some funky-house or RnB.
Plus it woulda been just too hot to enjoy dancing anywhere it seems.
Currently listening to: The Glow of Love - CHANGE
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Agreed, this years theming was something that I would have seen at my high school production of Les Miserables five years ago... Really, you have all the resources and people that want to help you out MG. Let them for once, first time for everything!

From what we saw, I hope the cost cutting on this years party was worth it so you can blow all our minds away next year.

PS - you call that bit of cloth airs rock? Get some real creatives into the process next year - and get the ball rolling now.

Otherwise, away from the whole theming/scenic issue everything else was great. Sound was perfect in the RHI/Horden and the dome was really booming - loved it. Lighting was pretty average in the RHI and no amount of light can make the boy look good in the horden.

Heres hoping you can pull your socks up for next year.
Thanks for a great Mardi Gras everyone!
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Young Divas...
We spent many a few minutes on the lawn discussing the absence of Riki-Lee.

We heard that Kate DeArago got hungry and ate her!
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Great photo's; Thanks for sharing! :-)
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Party Observation
A big thankyou to NMG and volunteers and all of us who bought tickets to make this happen. Lets never take it for granted.
I didn't have a bad time but I couldn't say I had a great time either. For some reason I couldn't get into the vibe.
I didn't particularly like the music that lacked rythym and body. It might start off ok and then drops you in mid stream. But thats just me, some people were so off their trolley I doubt that they knew where they were!
I tried to dance in the Dome but the heat was killing me.
I also noticed how warm it was in the RHI. The Hordern was a lot cooler, which is where I spent most of the night but the music wasn't my type. Boy George was good.
There was one song being played in the Hordern singing "Fuck You" over and over. What sort of negative shit was this? We need to keep the energies up and positive.
It was still a fun experience and not to be taken for granted.
Thanks NMG.
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I have to agree I couldn't get into it either.Politically it was correct but it lacked that certain vibe that I tried but couldn,t find.Usually when you attend these parties you try to find a niche and slot into it. It didn't happen.With the exception of Boy George, I didn't connect with the music, which was all over the place. It would start of well and then drop you in mid stream. Is this the new style? The Dome was a heat trap that I just couldn't stay in, which was a shame.
Also there weren't enough port-a-loo's.
But having said that I am thankful to NMG and everyone who made this happen.

Cheers.
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Party great people shit
The party was great, but the drugs a lot of these people are on turn them into absolute shitheads with no manners or consideration for others.What ever happened to happy pills?
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MG 07 FANTASTIC!
Wow! What a great Mardi Gras. The party was fun although the energy a bit flat. Maybe it had to do with the other the top police presence and dogs. My friends and I still had a great time.

Watched the parade from the members area. This space rocks! Its the perfect way to watch the parade. Great crowd, easy access to drinks, food & toilets, perfect view of fireworks and big screens, djs, drag queens and friendly vollies.

Thank you Mardi Gras
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plastic
the dirty old plastic white chairs and tables in the RHI pretty much sums up the budget this year, still had fun but wasnt worth going to. Still toybox did save the weekend
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"Countdownboy, great to see you dancing your heart out, sweat pouring off you, really getting into the spirit. Looked like you were having a great time! CDB Admirer - Mon 5 Mar 2007 07:36:11"

Excuse me ? Where did u see me dancing cause i actually did very little dancing on the night. And secondly, nobody knows who countdownboy really is so please sus up and tell me how it is you think u know who I am .... Describe the shirt I had on..It had a very easy to identify marking on it ;)

And if you say that u are an admirer of mine PLEASE lets meet ... maybe you just might be a hottie *evil grin*

My party was excellent , hung with lots of mates and met a few new mates. Thanks to Marcus and the whole crew from NMG for bringing us another event that we can all be proud of. Roll on Sleaze Ball, only 215 days to go :|
Currently listening to: no music today - just peace & quiet
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Amazing night
The Presets were the best possible start to my night's partying. Boy George was great. Intelligent DJing and lots of personality. Generally I think local DJs deliver more, but BG was a big hit for me.

Flitted around for the rest of the night. Lots of hotties. Didn't notice any yobs.

Thanks to everyone who put it on.
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Retro debarcle
Dear Brad Wright , and those involved in DJ selections.

Please do not ever again choose people to "DJ" who clearly are not qualified. Bob Downe and Vanessa Wagner from 12 to 3am were in my opinion an embarrassment. No proper mixing between songs and as for Vanessa's choise of "retro" well the least said about that the better. One of the worst decisions made for a MG party in years.

The crowd in the retro space expect energetic anthems continually mixed from one song to the next from the past. We were horrified with some of the eclectic mumbo jumbo that was played. Such a shame. Thank God David Hiscock & Jimmy Dee played the right stuff and saved the night. Unfortunately by the time Hiscock got on at 3am I think a lot of people had already given up on the venue and had moved on
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Countdownboy, Your secret is out!!!
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Hordern could have been harder like we have grown to love especially after Boy George. Thats all I missed.
Sometimes felt like lounge music. Couldn't last long enough to hear Mandy come on :(

Considering the majority of partygoers are male why did they keep blocking off the female toilets in RHI and
Hodern ? Huge q's of guys, obviously wanting to do the right thing and not be seen doing the wrong thing. At one stage in the Hordern the guys were lined back up the stairs and I saw 1 girl come out of the female toilets ?

But we had a great time. All you had to do was move around the halls. Dome was great tribal but oh so dangerously hot ! FANS please..........circulate that
air.

Only request for Sleaze you return Hordern back to its
harder edge................. pretty please.

Thanks to NMG et al for great fun social night .
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So what did happen to Rickie-Lee Diva?

Huge dummy spit?
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All the organisers did was try something different. I am sure it was done with fun in mind and not to torture retro fans. If we didn't want something different we might as well just play a couple of Best of Retro CDs or the same retro DJs on a loop!

Talking about something different Paul Mac was the highlight of my night! This little bit of experimenting with LIVE music worked and the crowd inside the Dome loved it.

As Paul Mac said "About fuckin time live music came to Mardi Gras" and my friends and I couldn't agree with him more!!
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Party review#1235674RT

The Sauna, sorry Dome was totally unbearable and in a climate when we all hear about the dangers of overheating and drugs, this is an overlooked aspect on the logistics and surely occupational health and safety issue that needs to be addressed.

The music was great, funky, deep and my choice of space to dance, but I and many others just couldn't cope with the heat and within 15 mins of enjoying the presets, we were soaking and sweaty and overheating...and sadly had to adjourn from one of the funkiest spaces.

Of course, we made a beeline for the hordern, to see the "Boy" and of course my eyes were peeled for a hat and there it was, swanning back and forth in the circular(cool concept) godbox.

Um, despite feeling like I was in an STA travel office (creatives where are you) the back lit Aztec type cubes behind the godbox were cool, but the visual impact would have been stronger had the godbox circular scenic also been lit similarly. In fact why not have gone for the whole Aztec type children of the sun theme overall. The STA travel thing went way over my head. "Boy" was great to see and boogie too(in spots), fanning himself with his vinyl and warbling into the mic, even flat, just to let us establish a connection to let us know it's actually him and he's here. Sure the music was a bit MOS, but that's what you'd expect from this tour.

I was hoping the stage in the RHI would have wowed me and as we walked into the old girl, I was thrilled to see what I thought was a white proscenium arch with a gold/ochre swished curtain, awaiting a swish or rise to reveal something spectacular. Brilliant.But as I got closer, I realised it was just a thrust and a draped rig with hydraulics. The white/blue banners surrounding realisations of clouds and the dirt covered columns..was lost as the paint wasn't near bright enough (stage paint arty people...never shy away from fluro..it always looks good in the dark and under lights in big dark spaces it works)

A quick in/out of the Forum/city live/whatever it's called , while probably the most well ventilated space, was retro heaven, not really my thing. So, 5 mins to queue to get in and within earshot of rick astley, I was out.

I didn't have bad drugs, but just wanted to have some fun, a boogie and a big gay time.

Of course, to pull off a party is a huge task so all vollies and party production people deserve a pat on the back.

But at a concept stage, maybe it's about time to play with paint, draw, sculpt, mould...do anything to expand the inspiration and pop out something amazing, particularly for the old girl's stage, some dome scenic etc.

Anyone remember the SLEAZE beast stage - that's what I'm talking about.

Oh and the shows, as much as the prof dancers were their usual amazing buff bustamove selves, the shows just didn't really seem to get the reaction akin to previous years. Even the pyros seemed to fizzle.

Overall, NMG definately have upped it a slight notch on the previous party I went to in the new NMG regime, but the scenic/concepts, inspirational colour, spectacular stages, surprises and that ooh ahh factor are sadly missing.

Weather was perfect for first time in years, but it may be time to go back to the drawing board and even out some creases. A near hit more than a miss.
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dome dome dome
Wow! That was amazing! Friendly as f#ck courtyard out the back too. Thank you xxx
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Like a lot of other people, had an OK time, but couldn't really get into it, and can't put my finger on it either. Boy George was OK, but there are plenty of local DJs who can, and do, do a better job. For me, Paul Goodyear saved the night musically, but why, for the second year in a row, were there no lasers in the RHI. Plently in the Hordern, but very ordinary lighting in the RHI. Lasers would have been fabulous during Paul Goodyear's set, and through to 10.00. Is it just me, or are lasers an integral part of the experience for other party goers too? New MG, please bring them back to the RHI...just too will do if expense is the issue.

To all the volunteers and organisers, thanks for all the hard work...again.
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We had a good party. The Dome got incredibly hot and humid, like trying to dance in a sauna. But Paul Mac was great and I really liked seeing some live music.

We saw Boy George, bopping away in his red hat, and very much enjoyed the lighting in the Hordern. Enjoyed it a lot (Thanks lighting guy!!). Saw the start of Mandy and Feisty's set, and it kicked off great. Wandered round, sat on the lawn and the Dome verandah, met friends, made new ones, chatted to and chatted up, and had a generally cruisy night. Saw Marcus and gave him congrats and thumbs up. He seemed quite happy.

Our recovery was rather more relaxed (well, after a bit), and today wasn't bad at all.

Yay thanks to all the hard work that went into the party. We were a bit sad at that point on sunday evening when we realised that a good party weekend was over.
Currently listening to: Rain - On the roof
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Rickie Lee was recording her Album in the USA. She was never due to appear.

What happened to Katie Noonan... why did she pull out?
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that thing was Ayres Rock ? I just thought it was an orange curtain that had fallen down & landed on a speaker stack during the night. the old fashioned "Sullivans" style decor in the Hordern was confusing (I'm being really polite here) and I'd like to send a big "Up Yours" to the security guards that stopped me from having a bounce on the gaydar jumping castle outside.
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My Party
had a fun time watching the parade marshalling in the afternoon then retired to get ready and wait for guests.
We ran the gaultlet of post parade crazy to get to the entrance. Found spotto and rest of the friends asap. Caught the awesomeness of Paul Mac, wandered, enjoyed BoyGeorge, circulated and settled in the the light show during the last part of Mike Kelly's set. Enjoyed finding a seat everytime we landed in the Hordern but wondered where the DJ loo was up on the Olympic tower ...
Watched the changeover to Mandy & Feisty and listened to them rock out. Such a hot night kept us outside much more than usual but the lighting and ambience made it worthwhile. Well done Brad and team. Great Festival Marcus. See you at Sleaze
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I too love the laser's and as I tend to enjoy the music in the RHI moreso than that in the Hordern I really miss them when they're not used in there.

It would be fantastic to have lasers back in both spaces for next year's 30th anniversary Mardi Gras and could quite happily enjoy the party without other decorations, or a couple less show's if there was an option to choose.

Thanks to all at NMG for their efforts, and most particularly to the volunteers. :-)
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Fantastic Party...Thanks!
Thank you New Mardi Gras for making Mardi Gras Party something a bit different this year. In past years I have attended because it was tradition,the music has never really excited me.
This year I went along because the musical lineup was more to my taste...pleasantly surprised that Mardi Gras had integrated live (Paul Mac and band, The Presets,live vocalist Kyla Sexton in the Forecourt) and indie (The Presets, Bang Gang Dj's) Australian music into the lineup.
I wasn't disappointed. The party vibe was up, there was a more diverse range of venues, it was teeming with people; a good crowd; good GLTBQI and straight mix. The Presets did not disappoint; Paul Mac and his band had the crowd going nuts, Boy George was superb with his eclectic choice of tracks in the Hordern, as were Mandy and Fiesty, who served up their hard dirty beats to a packed Hordern. I didnt spend much time collectively in the other spaces but did visit them all at various times of the night...a few had queues and remainder of spaces seemed to be full of people having a good time.
I had an excellent time and danced like never before.
I hope this year's Mardi Gras Season, including the short and sweet Flash Mob Launch, a polished Parade and musically fabulous Party is the beginning of the evolution of New Mardi Gras. It is nice to see that an organisation like New Mardi Gras, while keeping it's objective the same, is willing to take risks and demonstrate both an understanding of the diversity that exists within our community and an ability to think outside the box; that it's not all just about sequins, feather boas and trance music, it's about moving with the times. 'Gay' now has changed from what it was thirty years ago...people expect Mardi Gras to always be a part of our lives, in order for this to happen, The Community needs to support the evolution.
Congratulations on an excellent Party New Mardi Gras.
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must be election year...
man... the sniffer dogs almost ruined my night! what's the deal man? Morris Iemma looking to be tough on drugs three weeks out of an election? it started to look like a repeat of the azure party, despite reassurances last week in the SSO that it wouldn't happen. Totally f'd up.
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Hordern Lasers
Wow! How fantastic were the lasers in the Hordern?

Clever stuff, very clever stuff!
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I am highly supportive of Mardi Gras taking risks and trying new things and I think they got it pretty well right for Launch and Fairday. The party experiment however didn't work and if that's the future then Toybox here I come.

The live music may have worked in the Dome (though I wouldn't know as it was too hot to bear) but the rest of the party was BLAND BLAND BLAND. They absolutely ripped the fun and energy (not to mention the dancefloor) out of the Hordern.

As for the Forum, retro is not my thing but if you can't even mix one song into another what the f$@K are you doing calling yourself a DJ! There are no surprise elements left in the party anymore and if I suspected the Young Divas (minus Ricki-Lee) were going to be bad, then the sound guys sure made hell they were.

I love queuing too. Thanks for the heavy handed security for blocking off the female toilets all night so that 1 girl had use of 30 odd cubicles while the guys had to queue. Why not turn 1 set of toilets into all male?

And why has "Gay and Lesbian" been dropped from everything? It used to state "this is a Gay and Lesbian event" on the posters, tickets and entry gates. Is Mardi Gras going for more mass appeal these days... we may as well hand the keys over to the Big Day Out organisers now!

Hmmm and it didn't sell out either... I wonder why?!
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I find it difficult to understand how some people can be SO negative about the party. My friends & I had a great time catching up with friends, making new ones, checking out Paul Mac & the Presets playing in the Dome, checking out Boy George for a bit, chatting in the area out the back of the Dome & having a great time dancing under the stars in the forecourt.

I thought it was very refreshing not to see lots of people totally gurning off their face, but instead, seeing a very content & relaxed crowd actually being very social enjoying the different spaces.

Well done to everyone involved in the party.

I think that those who are complaining about different aspects of the party need to take a good long look at themselves & reflect to see if maybe it was 'themselves'(or their drugs?) that they weren't enjoying.

The party vibe is in each & every one of us. It's up to us collectively to tap into that & celebrate together.

This goes for Toybox, Homesexual & all other parties too.

Next time you go to a party, bring your party spirit & get your freak on!
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i like being homesexual
For the first year in 15, my partner and I decided to give the showground party a miss (I don't like dogs, not even the fluffy white breeds) and go to Homesexual on Sunday night. From friends' reports it sounded like we did the right thing. $55 for a great venue, great atmosphere, no "women's only spaces" & attitude-less security who greeted us at the door as though we were royalty. All that to listen to DJ Paulo - one of the best DJs in the world. I want to see Mardi Gras continue for years to come and I'll continue to support their efforts, but maybe it's time to thinking outside the box & scrap the big showground party. Neither Fox Studios or the state government want us there, Mardi Gras struggles to break even, the insurances have forced ticket prices through the roof and most of the gay community just gripe about it all afterwards. Maybe think about hosting a bunch of smaller parties? It's just an idea, however, knowing the posts on this board, I'm expecting a myriad of flames!
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It's not a bad idea - the same thought has occurred to me. The fit between Fox and major G&L celebration has become increasingly difficult and given that there's unlikely to be anywhere else that's likely to be able to accommodate 17,000 G&L party-goers, without the same problems, it might be time to think about doing a number of smaller parties instead of the mega-event.

Mardi Gras could maybe contract with a number of party promoters to put 4 or 5 parties on during the Festival, each catering for 3-5,000

There would be obvious cashflow problems for Mardi Gras, because the two big parties are the cash cow that funds everything else, but it might be worth considering....
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After 15 parties that was one of the weirder ones. In the Sunday debrief it was unanimously agreed that the party was really flat.

So many things that had potential but didn't quite come off. Dome had the choice of music, but the heat made it a real problem. Paul Mac was great - but I think I lost 14 kilos and 50% of my body fluids in the half hour I was in there. There used to be giant fans in teh Dome - please bring them back. You could do serious injury to yourself in that heat.

Hordern was really disappointing. Who knew that Art Deco was made from paper mache? Who knew that Boy George had become so camp in his choice of music? He did his thing with the crowd, but was very handbag - he should've been in the RHI. Unless you were willing to endure the sauna in the Dome there was nothing but fluffy music to be endured anywhere in the party to 3 am. Followed by Mike Kelly playing some fairly fluffy trance (you wanted trance you got Madagascar & Cafe Del Mar). I think that he should have also been in the RHI. (I could not believe it was the same DJ after hearing him the following night at Indulgence where he rocked). I think that Sveta would have been a much better choice for 3 am. Mandy Rollins & Feisty seemed to take a long time to get going - the dance floor really cleared out in the first 15 mins of their set, but they did pick it up again.

Sound seemed to be much better in the RHI than in other years. Freemasons also seemed to be a hit. It was going off in the RHI. However, walked back into the RHI about 7:30 and it was really flat - people standing around doing not much in particular.

Toilets were a disgrace - so agree with the comments about ladies loos, they were nearly empty, whereas there was a queue up and around the stairs to get into the gents loos. Use it or loose it I say - give the loos back to the guys. There also seemed to be about half as many portaloos as in prior years. (We managed to fill the gap to 3am by queing firstly for a drink and then for a toilet. Wasn't a particularly chatty toilet queue either).

And was it my imagination but had the dance floors shrunk, the Hordern floor especially. Stepping off the dance floor was like stepping into a garbage tip.

So that was Mardi Gras. For the first time in a long time, I would contemplate giving Mardi Gras a miss next year.
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"I think that those who are complaining about different aspects of the party need to take a good long look at themselves & reflect to see if maybe it was 'themselves'(or their drugs?) that they weren't enjoying."

How offensive. Why is it that when people raise valid complaints from their perspective it gets swept aside as "must have been bad drugs". I know plenty of people who took no drugs but left the party early as they found the vibe too boring.
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thanks mardi gras & party people!
Thank you Mardi Gras for opening up Dome to live music. Paul Mac and the presets turned out amazing sets, and both loved playing the sweatbox. It was a true sauna session! Thanks to dj Gemma, Ben Drayton, Mark Murphy and the Bang Gang djs for spinning the sexual & freaky beats.
The dome courtyard was a super friendly cruise and catch up space, proving we do have a wonderful community.
Thank you to all you wonderful punters who danced through the steamroom, squealing, whistling and making out. Your energy and positivity made it a memorable night. We are the envy of many from around the country and overseas - lets treasure what we've got.
Here's to a wonderful 30th year next year.
licks
Currently listening to: sounds of silence
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Yes, yes, yes, more lasers please. They add a definite visual magic to the whole atmosphere. Just one show that i remebered was a lady in a mirror suite as she leaped off the stage and over the audience, with green lasers pulsing off her at the same time. Pure showmanship, breathtakingly simple concept...sigh
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GREAT PARTY NMG - thank you.

I think those complaining about the Vibe were just thrown because it was different than what has been in
the past ?

AS for poster saying smaller parties - NO. Love the big parties. Smaller parties would just feel like any other night on Oxford St. There is no feeling like walking around those Halls and all the sights you see. Boxed up in some smaller venue - no thanks.

Own personal gripe - bring back the harder Hordern or had Mandy on at 3am........... after Boy George it just seemed to lack energy ? but Dome was full of energy but oh so hot ! that was dangerous.

Why block of the ladies toilets like they did in RHI and
Hordern ? fine to keep one of them only female but way more guys at these parties so the other could be just mixed toilets ?

So now cant wait for Sleaze.
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If guys were not taking half an hour a pop in the toilet cubicles doing... whatever it is boys do, then there would not be queues. And really, if you're just taking a piss can't you just use a urinal?

The toilets in the Dome had queues for both the boys and girls ones at various times of the night.

90% of the time, at an event, girls have to queue to use the toilet. Suck it up.
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Women's space is an example of Misandry
My friends and I still feel it's totally unfair and unjustified lesbians getting their own men-free space. The old excuse about the party being 'dominated' by gay men is just not good enough. Those gay men have to put up with straight people around them just as much as lesbians do. And the excuse itself, besides being empty and worn out, sounds just like the one about 'men dominate the wrold so we have feminism'. Men who raise this are frequently tagged misogynist, but that's just unfounded, untru and the easisets excuse they can think of to discredit anyone who mentions it. The opposite word is more in line here:

Misandry is the hatred of males as a sex as opposed to mysogyny, the hatred or fear of women. Misandry comes from misos + andras (Greek "man").

NMG should observe these points and consider carefully.

Misandry is less frequently discussed than misogyny. Judith Levine calls misandry "the hate that dares not speak its name."

The two prominent researchers of misandry, Paul Nathanson and Katherine Young, assert misandry primarily stems from the gynocentric use of gender, and is used to blame all men "as those who created the problem of gender in the first place". To Nathanson and Young, this assumption designates men as society's official scapegoats for all evil, and women as society's official victims responsible for all good, and asserts men must pay reparations to women collectively for crimes against women throughout history. They believe the notion of gender as a social construct holds the assumptions that "the end justifies the means", and "collective rights trump individual rights".

Examples of it include:

Laughing at Men: In this, the most benign form of misandry, sexism is applied to popular forms of humor. Men are routinely made the objects of steoreotypical ridicule in ways that would generate sustained outrage were the sexes reversed. Nathonson and Young note that feminists "may sometimes find it hard to laugh at themselves as feminists, though not as women, but seldom find it hard to laugh at men."

Looking Down on Men: Misandric "feminists have convinced many people that women are somehow superior to men." For whatever reasons, many men believe this as well. Like other groups, feminists interpret differences between the sexes as "an excuse to assign superiority and inferiority" in the usual hierarchical fashion.

Bypassing men: In this view, men are "not necessarily evil, just superfluous." Feminists like Andrea Dworkin urge as little contact as possible with men, separation of the sexes and indifference to men (rather than hostility toward men). Men are considered useless as lovers, husbands, fathers and as human beings.
Blaming Men: To blame men for all of human history, gender-feminists use the conspiracy theory of history to claim that "all of human history can be reduced to a titanic conspiracy" of men oppressing women. Nathanson and Young note that "evidence is often deliberately falsified to make (misandric) political claims about gender." The result is that "men are collectively or vicariously responsible for most or all of human suffering."

Dehumanizing Men: In this form of misandry, men are shown as inherently evil while women are seen as inherently good or even heroic. Men are highlighted as the evil predatory sex that preys on an innocent, morally superior[5] sex as represented by women. In essence, men are considered morally unredeemable beasts while women are considered morally redeeming human beings.
Demonizing Men: Men are shown as demonic, both as sinister subhumans and as evil superhumans. Men are directly demonized by being portrayed as devils or as evil aliens. They are also demonized indirectly by being relentlessly identified with agressive men whose actions "either are not or cannot be explained entirely or adequately to viewers in rational terms."


Feminist writer Judith Levine alternatively focuses on private manifestations of misandry in her 1992 book, My Enemy, My Love: Man-hating and Ambivalence in Woman's Lives. She explains the "intellectually and emotionally rich, little explored, often subterranean world of women's hatred of men" and ambivalence toward men. She addresses misandry's origins "in a unique examination of the family, traces the role of man-hating in the unfolding of contemporary feminism" and analyses "the hate that dares not speak its name."

Levine classifies the following steoreotypical men as targets of women's misandry within intimate relationships:

Infants which include the Mama's Boy, the Babbler, the Bumbler and the Invalid;
Betrayers which include the Seducer, the Slave, the Abandoner, and the Abductor; and
Beasts which include the Brute, the Pet, the Pervert, the Prick, and the Killer.

Within the family, she asserts that father-abandonment of daughters, familial gender standards that discriminate against daughters and paternal neglect of daughters are a root cause of misandry in women. She also shows fathers, brothers and husbands as misandric targets of the (modern) feminism that smashed the "Family" so that a "politically conscious battalion of daughters" could replace male familial roles "by banding together as sisters" to "run everything" by themselves.

Other observations from independent authors who have made similar but less systematic comments about misandry are included here as well.

Males who may suffer from self-hatred
Male feminists or what Nathanson and Young call "honorary women" who self-righteously defend women from men to seek favor from women.
Ideological feminists who see all men as evil brutes and all women as 'good' human beings.
Women who justify misandry as a legitimate "choice" for women or a "voice" for those who have been "silenced."
Women who justify misandry as an expedient for political purposes.
Women who justify misandry with "something far more sinister in mind: revenge."

Misandry may be exhibited to differing degrees. In its most overt expression, a misandrist openly hates all men simply because they are 'men', exhibiting 'masculine' traits that are not to the speaker's liking. Stereotypically, these 'masculine' traits include machismo, emotional bluntness, and a loutish demeanor. Or, a misandrist might simply hate men for a perceived common physical attribute, such as large muscles, a large gut, or copious body hair.

Other forms of misandry are more subtle. Some misandrists simply hold all men under suspicion, or hate men who do not conform to one or more acceptable categories. Entire cultures may be said to be misandrist if they treat men in ways that are perceived hurtful. Misandry is often not recognised, since it exists under many different guises, disguised and qualified.

Misandry is a negative attitude towards men as a group, and as such need not fully determine a misandrist's attitude towards each individual man. The fact that someone holds misandrist views may not prevent them from having positive relationships with some men. Conversely, simply having positive relationships with some men does not necessarily mean someone does not also hold misandrist views.
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agreed the state of the toliets in the Dome i think the guys STUNK of URINE i asked a door guy to get the cleaners just fell
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"There used to be giant fans in teh Dome - please bring them back."

Dome has always been a sauna when high ambient temperature and humidity combine with thousands of dancing bods and Saturday night was exceptionally warm and very humid.

I can recall a Sleaze in the late 90's when I emerged from the throng in there looking like I'd just been on a 2K ocean swim. You'd need aircon powered by jet engines to drive the temp down in those circumstnces and then people would complain about the awful jet engine noise, the ecological footprint, carbon emissions etc, etc.

You could drastically reduce numbers as well but no-one likes a queue :)
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"Suck it up."

The old Troughman spirit!
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Thank you NMG
Well that is another party under the belt bring on the next one. As much as people bag these parties it is still great to see people from the community still show up in force to help it along from party to party.

Mardi Gras and Sleaze is a unique event in Australia if not the world and thank NMG we are privilaged to have them in Sydney.

It seems to be an ongoing issue with the dance floors (too small), music (not hard enough),Lighting (No Lazers) and especialy heat in the Dome and RHI (like a suana) but I keep on going becuase it is for a great cause and I live in hope of one day getting the perfect party.

See you all at the next one.

Matt

Thank you NMG keep on trying.
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Bullshit.

When the toilets are open for everyone there are hardly any queues in the ladies . Sure for some reason the guys will still queue for the male toilets but the ladies are busy but rarely have I ever seen queues out the door and up the stairs. When it first happened in the Hordern and I went to the bottom to see why only 1 girl walked out in the minute I was standing there. And yes I use the urinals but prefer to use a cubicle when powdering my nose ! get it ! out of sight !

Otherwise great party NMG - CONGRATULATIONS......

You cant please 100% of the crowd 100% of the time. Only whinges I've heard have been here. All my various groups of friends had a great time.
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Look i have made the point before but it bears repeating. One of the major reason why the 'vibe ' was different was due to the very obvious police presence at the party and what happened to azure the week before. Its like suddenly having your parents looking in on you when you just want to have fun with your friends. Also look at the impact in number and subject of the posts on this graffiti page. Leading up to the party, we had plenty of upbeat posts re the party and festival, teh few days after the Azure fiasco...nada until a day or two before the mg paty itself. It had a definite effect on my friends and me.
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My 2 cents worth
Enjoyed the party, as always, but I agree that it was somehow a little flat overall. For me, the best DJ of the night was Sveta in the Hordern, who started the party off and, with typical skill, warmed things up nicely in the lead-up to Boy George's set. She is an inventive, exciting DJ - never disappointing - with her sassy and eclectic mixes - the only DJ of the night who kept me on my feet. Boy George started off ok, but failed to keep things happening. He didn't seem to know how to mix - just filling up the spaces between tracks with plodding beats. Every build-up just fell right down again. And his vocalising was, frankly, dull. Pity The Dome didn't have the big fans this year, because I would've loved to have stayed to hear The Presets and also some of Seymour Butz and Gemma's earlier set there. Other than that, the Fuse Bar saved the night for me. The DJs - particularly Beaker and Beatrix - were great and kept the energy going all night. The atmosphere was glamorous, fun, funky and friendly.
I appreciate the comments about 'Misandry' (this sort of dialogue is always important) but for me, at least (and I love boys and girls!) I was happy to be in a space - which, incidentally, wasn't 100% girls-only - where I wasn't constantly having bare, sweaty chests (not that there's anthing wrong with them, of course) brush past me. Basically, I felt happy there. Simple.
Just one request for the next party - hopefully for 'Sleaze' - pleeeeease put Sveta's set on later in the party. I really miss her bringing the party home, with her killer morning sets in the Hordern.
Currently listening to: No Come Down - Brian Jonestown Massacre
TyrannaFoe - Replies: 1

My friends and I loved the party.

We spent most of our time in the RHI and The Forum.

It gave me tingles to see The Rock rise up into the ceiling and fold its sides in. The Young Divas were a bit average though, with Paulini obviously the best singer and carrying the other two.

The Hordern was packed every time I tried to go in, but it isnt really my style so I only visited twice to have a look.

The Dome was hot and sweaty as usual. A bit disappointed that there were security along the walls so no chance to slip behind the decorations in there... ;-)

I thought Vanessa's set in the Forum was different but fun to dance to, very funky 80s tracks, good on her for playing something left of centre! Of course it then made a wonderful contrast to David Hiscock set! And Collete was a camp surprise and everyone sang along.

I only wish I had checked out the Fox & Lion, it looked busy every time we passed by but never got around to it.

A very enjoyable party. :-)
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A few suggestions and a bit of a bitch!
One thing that really makes me quite angry is the fact that a significant amount of money from each party ticket is diverted to other "NMG events”. Why should the punters that attend the party be the only people that help fund fair day and the parade?

Our parties no longer sell out in advance. The days of 20,000 plus people are long gone. It is sad to see the parties deteriorating. The party budget is being stretched further and further each year. Our standards have dropped and the punters are staying away or complaining about flat, average parties. The shows are no longer sexy. The dance floors and stages are smaller. How can our parties be world class if there are no lasers in the RHI or the Dome? Why book entertainers that you can see at your local Westfield Shopping Centre. Why use entertainers that are past their use by date? I want our parties to be the best in the world, but honestly …… they are becoming rather embarrassing. They no longer highlight the creativity within our community. The mindset of NMG seems to be to get by on the absolute minimum.

Surely there is a better way of funding the parade and fair day without making the parties less attractive. Why can’t NMG raise money at fair day from the 60,000 people that attend? Why don’t we ask the 300,000 punters at the parade to donate a gold coin to help fund the parade? Why don’t we ask the parade participants to donate a few gold coins if they are not going to the party? There is no such thing as a free event. Unfortunately 17,000 people and the Gaydar sponsorship are paying most of the bills. People have every reason to bitch and complain about the party if they are not getting the party experience that they expected.

I also have a number of questions about the parade. What has happened to all the creative individual entries in the parade? Should we bring back the costume parade at the party? Surely we could organise a few overseas trips for the winners. I remember the costume parades being particularly well received when they were held in the Hordern Pavilion before they were shifted into a tent and then given the punt altogether.

Could someone explain to me why Arq, The Oxford, The Newtown, The Columbian, The Imperial, The Midnight Shift, Slide, Manacle and Phoenix do not have floats in the parade? Surely a more glamorous parade with fabulous parade entries that highlight the queer venues of Sydney will mean more tourists and therefore more money being spent in their venues.

Congratulations to Stonewall for supporting the parade with their Dreamboys float. You will get my money over the next twelve months.

Unfortunately floats for political parties are BORING, BORING, BORING. Honestly would you travel overseas or interstate to watch political floats or floats sponsored by governments departments or unions?
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You can see what the set desingers were trying to acheive in the RHI? Well, could you please explain it to me. I walked into the RHI for the first time at about 6am and was expecting mirror balls, lasers, brilliant lighting and everything else that used to be fantastic about the party! (I haven't been to one in about 6 years). But instead I saw a few flashing lights, that looked like they'd been hired from a suburban party shop, a couple of small star shaped mirror ball things, and fucking cheese cloth hanging from the ceiling around the entire dance floor. My intial thoughts were "this is really sad" - "what's happened to the parties?", "have they been like this for a while?" and "it looks really poor (as in no money) and quite sad". Certainly brought my whole night down after that.
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Phoenix Float
...I can only begin to imagine what that would look like :-)
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I really like your suggestion about the bars & venues we support all year putting a better effort into parade entries. It's worth even writing to the club owners and I plan to bring it up with the managers that I know.

However if you're concerned about overseas travellers bored with our political entries, have you ever been to a parade in San Fran, NY or LA? They are held during the day, they're held solely to make one huge political statement - with no floats or lights & music. Don't worry about the overseas visitors, they love our "party" parade.
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Don't you just hate "Ecky Tuesday"!

I love all the men at the parties, love sharing the space with them, love sharing the dance floor with them, love sharing happy smiles with them, don't mind what they do in the toilets, or how long it takes, happy to share the toilets, the party, the atmosphere, all of everything that Mardi Gras, and the world, has to offer.....But can we please have lasers in the RHI for the 30th!!!!! Laserandry and Laserogony are just wrong.....and we won't put up with it any more. People who want a laser free zone should submit a proposal for their own space....
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Big Night Out
I don't aways attend Mardi Gras party but this year was special as one of my dearest friends is heading for China to be with his man (ohh) so we all decided this was to be his send-off. From the original 12 who entered via the gates (lollies stashed carefully in various intimate places and laced with coffee and pepper!)8 of us managed to stay together all night. Always an impressive feat at a big party. We bumped into lots of old friends as we did the rounds, unfortunately missing Mr Paul Mac but still managing to catch 45 mins of B George ( you were on fire mate) after staying in the RHI cos' the good beats just kept on coming. I was thrilled to notice that Mr Downes had changed his hair piece from the parade for his DJ spot and enjoyed his quirky tunes. So what if he can't mix - the boy is fun!Yes it was HOT everywhere but thats what fans are for kids! I made lots of new friends with mine. No comments on my RICE ONLY message sprayed across my back but I enjoyed the irony. I only left at 5am because my too-cool-for-school trainers were killing me. I felt like it was a low key party but that's ok because it's just important that it happens and that our city accepts, inspires and celebrates queerdom for one very special night every year. GO MARDI GRAS!!
Currently listening to: FBI Avo show - No idea who the DJ is right now
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I don't mind the political statements in the parade - but morhped images of John Howard being played on the screens in the RHI in the morning, coupled with Boy George asking if John Howard was in the House is just unaccepatable. It is bad enough that we are reminded daily that we have one of the axis of evil as "leader" of our country - but to go to one of the few spaces that we have to call our own, even if it is only for 12 hours, and abe reminded of him is an abomination!
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So you can cut and paste from Wikipedia? On eccy Tuesday?

Who said this community lacked talent?

You're a star, Ms Ogyny! :)
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"I think that those who are complaining about different aspects of the party need to take a good long look at themselves & reflect to see if maybe it was 'themselves'(or their drugs?) that they weren't enjoying."

I used to be involved in party and worked my butt off, spending many many hours attending meetings, concepting and organising with the glenn horder party committee to give good party and it just makes me a little sad that the vibe or the production values of old MG are gone.

Surprise shows that ended with uproars of gay abandon and a well designed stage with multi rises and either hydraulics or lifts or travelators. That mirrorball suit laser show someone mentioned in a previous post happened when I was in party - think it was the Roses - and it was the year when we had a huge tracking system that allowed the performer to come right out over the crowd in the RHI ( Christine Anu did sunshine on a rainy day from memory - on a big sun that just kept moving and moving out over the dancefloor)Yeah, it looked just fabulous, scenic in the dome, that looked like it had spent weeks being built and tweaked in the workshop, not run up the night before.

I was pretty much buzzing off a few champagnes and that was a about all and i was with a pile of friends and in a great mood. I just noticed that there was more tarnish than gloss for this one.

I know it's a volunteer thing, but please get some creative sorts who've done parties or know a bit about staging or decoration for big spaces.

It just doesn't seem like the once "world class party" it used to be.
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Well John K

this is one partygoer along with his many friends and the Police presence didnt bother us one bit. They have always been there and yes this time there were more with at least one dog out the front when we arrived but they have been attending the parties for quite awhile now. You just dont do anything wrong in front of them and there is no trouble. I never saw them once hassling anyone inside the party ? I did see one guy getting frisked at the gates on entry but looked like the token one.
We remained upbeat after Azure and while we knew there would be a bigger police presence it just made us that little bit more cautious. But I wonder what the crime rate was like around the Parade/Party with that many Police around ? Havent heard any bad stories so far ?
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wow, resurfacing after a good post party health period finds me so confused to read all the negativity on here.

everyone i spoke to had a fantastic party, amongst friends, with ample choice of entertainment and general social merriment! i'm a bit shocked to hear all the descriptions of the hordern as lounge music. i guess having a more commercial DJ (boy george) in the middle threw some softer sounds into the mix, but the sounds were tribal, progressive, house, trance and electro... certainly hard enough for all of us. and Madagasgar was amazing!

alex taylor and sista p really made the morning a treat in the forecourt too!
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I so agree about Sveta - wasted at two parties (Sleaze & Mardi Gras) in an opening slot. Sveta & Rob Gilbert rocked the Dome at Sleaze, but in my opinion were wasted in an opening slot. Again at Mardi Gras - and how does her music flow into Boy George - it didn't. She could have blown the lid off the Hordern at 3 am.
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you are correct in saying that why should we pay over the top $$ for a 3rd rate party and subsidise the parade etc mradi gras is a business yet they make excuses for their failures in party management to justify their dude result its wrong
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Copied from the party board (ignore the rudeness):

"And if you'd had been paying any sort of attention during the last week or so, instead of looking at yourself in the mirror, you'd have known that Katie Noonan pulled out at the last minute... hence no closing show... "
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had some photos taken by social event photography, they had a cool business card with five bright drinks on it, except drunk me lost the card, can any one tell me the website.
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the point i was making is that the white sheets were meant to evoke the feeling of waves - imagine fluttering sheaths of silk (that's where a fan or two to add movement and to lower the temperature would be handy) unfortunately the material used , too heavy, and too opaque, made the RHI feel like mum's laundary on washing day :) Easilly fixed - JUST GET SOME DECENT LASERS!!!!

Also totally agree with one of the previous post - we should make the fairday and parade entrants pay their way. Love them, but a few gold coins on their part would have ben much appreciated.
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Parade Entries
Was there an entry from Bali this year in the parade?

They did a great one last year, wondered if they repeated the success.
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Love your work, Party Girl!
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I'm with you Party Girl. I'll be one of SO MANY coming back to Sydney for the "30th" (how FABULOUS that we can all start planning it right now. I mean let's face it, Mardi Gras this year is already completely overrrrrrrr guys, and I mean "29th" is so, well, "29th")...where was I, oh yep...the "30th": YES! LASERS in the RHI please next year. Actually, could we have them in the Hordern instead - just like the old old old days - lasers work so beautifully in the Hordern....

Right then, okay, um, next suggestion?
Currently listening to: Golden Years - Bowie
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This was our 22nd Mardi Gras Party and it rates as one of the most disappointing on record. After all the talk of sponsorship and the best ever financial position for Mardi Gras to be in we expected more than a low budget and amatuerish production.
What happened? Ticket prices are up, sponsorship is up, hardly any costs for the launch and the most successfull Fairday evere
The RHI decoration was the most uninspiring ever - who disigned such a disaster? Obviously ther is not one creative mind in the MG Party committee (just clever business sense will not do). Lighting design in the RHI which always was amazing seemed completely dull.
Decoration in the Hordern was a leftover from some some travel expo - What happened to gay imagery or at least something creative and fun? And why did we have to search for the dancefloor in the Hordern?
Toilets were disgusting, Music was unsexy (apart from 6 to 10 at the Hordern - thanks Mandy & Feisty). However that is obviously a matter of taste, but Boy George seems like a waste of money - a local DJ and some better lights would have done.
Hope that Mardi Gras will be able lift their game otherwise more and more people will sadly not go any longer to their parties.
We have always been huge defender of Mardi Gras Parties, the necessary rise of Ticket prices and so on, but were totally disappointed in this years embarassing effort.
Can't wait to see the balance sheet and the obvious huge profit Mardi Gras must have made this year.
By the way there are some good Gay DJ's overseas not just the middle of the road celebs like Boy George. How about DJ's like Peter Rauhofer, Tom Stephan for a truly great 8 hour set. That would be inspiring.
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My 3 cents
1) Toilets. I can understand in this current climate of drug/substance control no sex on site policing and traffic flow - that security might not want more than one person in a cubicle - but i dont understand why men cannot go into a feamle toilet cubicle to relieve themselves (or vice versa). The male toilets were at capacity most of the night. My male freind who is positive and suffers from a bowl disorder as a result of his medication, struggled to find a toilet that he could use in a timely manner. He expalined this situation to a security guard at one of the female toilets at the caberet space, and asked politely if he could use the female toilet to do number a two. The female guard refused him entry and suggested he walk over the otherside to the dome and 'try his luck there'. MG needs to be more sensitive to these sorts of situations. I cant see how this breaches any licence.
2) The Fuse Bar Girl Space. The gilrs space should be no more. I wandered in with my male friend, who was initially refused entry because he was male. I explained to the security guard that by law was not allowed to be refused entry, and that there were already about 20 males in the bar having fun dancing with all the girls. She let us through, but I watched as she continued to knock back male after male and their female friends as a result did not enter. I then proceeded to watch a dj by the name of Madem J point aggressively to three guys who where dancing on the dance floor with their female freinds and show them the door - along the lines of 'you, you and you - out!' What the!? I thought the role of a dj was to play music amd work the crowd (regardless of whether they are gay or lesbian) not police the dancefloor. I felt afwful, I cant see how this promotes unity. At the end of the day this is a dance party. If you have the right attitude - who cares if you are male or female. There were boys standing outside the bar dancing on the pavement while their female friends were inside dancing away. This is wrong. As a dj myself, i dont play lesbian and gay music, i just play music that i hope the crowd will like. We really need to get over this 'female' and 'male' space thing. its really lame.
3) I thought paul good year was fantastic and mandy rollind an feisty were amazing.
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Johnny
I had an incredible Mardi Gras. What really made it work for me was the fact that I paid a small fee and became a member this year. So easy to do and so so many benefits.

Watched the Parade from the members viewing area which was perfect. The hosting by Mitzi and Bob Downe was hysterical and having access to a bar and toilets in a fenced off area was excellent. The standard of floats seemed to be very high too.

Then on to the party and once again my memship came in handy. Noticed the queues for the toilets so went straight up to the members only floor of the Forum and there were 3 free cubicles and once again a nice quiet bar. Was a great place to cool down too with excellent aircon.

I also loved the fact that there were so many venues being used. To me it's just like a big gay theme park where you can just roam around from place to place and there is always something different to see/hear. I thought the magic was definitely still there. The only disappointment was the shows (although the first dance show which starred I think Minnie Cooper wasn't bad). What would really make the party special is a return to the big name gay idols like the year Deborah Cox floated in above the crowd.

Overall big thumbs up. I will make sure I become a member every year and support the cause - remember folks, Mardi Gras is one of the few things keeping Sydney so gay! Without it all we'd have is Oxford Street with its ever increasing Havana bars and NV style niteclubs
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Hello, I'm the filmmaker of "Seeya Rach", and I really appreciate your comments. Thanks for your support. xx
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Hey Party Girl,
Love your attitude here and I really like your positive "happy" comments. Really refreshing.

Could you do us a favour and share your enthusiasm with your lady friends at NMG? The guys are really pissed with the idea of a women-only space and I suspect NMG is acting on what they believe is the opinion of a vast majority of the women attending the event. Maybe they have it wrong?

Keep bopping & I'll help you push for more lasers .....
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Complaining or whinging
The bottom line is that for $130.00 people who after all are paying customers are entitled to vent their opinions especially if something displeases them. Thats called business!!
Personally, I found the music very vanilla. I like my music hard and testostrone driven. But thats me!
Although I do support NMG, I will still need to consider carefully about attending any future parties. After all I pay good money to hear the music I like. I don't think that I am being too unfair in that opinion.
Having said that, thankyou to NMG and all the volunteers who made it happen. Im always grateful and will never take you for granted.

Cheers,
Thomas
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Our group's injuries from the party included a bruised boob, a corked shoulder, and a fat lip. All of these were caused by the elbows and fists of trashed tall gay boys.

We're not going "ew yuck boy germs!" here. Guys, when you are off your tits and dancing hard, as you should, you just don't see short girls. This is a gender issue in that generally, guys are taller. Your elbows are at face and boob level.

We didn't even get inside the Fuse Bar all night, prefering the outdoor area on the lawn and the party tree at the Dome, for our lounging pleasure and the Hordern and Dome for our dancing pleasure. But walking past Fuse we noticed it full of girl sized girls having a lovely dance, with no fear of getting inadvertently punched in the face.

We don't hate our party boyfriends, we love them! I like the effect a hot room full of testosterone has on me and the girlfriend (yeah baby!). But getting smacked around hurts. It's not your fault, and I would never ask someone to not dance too hard or not get trashed or to be cautious at all times. This is not a one off. It happens every party (it's not like I'll be taller for the next one).

So I totally understand the popularity of a girls space, if only for this one reason. Me, I prefer the spaces we create ourselves at a party. The eddies and swirls of people congregating at corners with friends.
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"Lady friends" ?
What sort of dinosaur are you?
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We had a great Mardi Gras so thank you to all.

I can see the argument about decorations/lighting/no lasers.

Those of us that attend the party and paying those $'s do expect something. Posters rave over Toybox lighting etc but then Toybox $'s dont go towards Fair Day / Parade etc and I feel these people have had a free ride for too long. Especially Fair Day. If they got 70,000 to Fair Day why not a bucket drop of a few gold coins ? so that if everyone threw in $3-$4 bucks that means we would have at least another $100,000 to spend on extras at the party ? or am I thinking the wrong way ?

People complain about the music but do they walk around ? or are they only wanting to stick to the one hall and therefore bitch cause it didnt happen to their hall ? I love the Hordern and love the harder/sexier beats its had for years now and didnt get this year but I had left before Mandy came on and seems she served them up but went over to Dome which was really thumping.
Only whinge was the sauna conditions which surely must
be dangerous ?
Shrunken dance floor was a bit annoying. Hate dancing cement as the feet pay for it days later :)

So yes had a great Mardi Gras but how about getting rid of the free ride other events have ?
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All Mardi Gras events should be on a user pays system
Without doubt fair day needs to have a cover charge on it from now on to help boost the party. A $5 entry fee for the whole fair day experience is not in any way shape or form an unfair expectation in my opinion.

Similarly, the masses that attend the parade should also be asked to donate via a bucket collection. It is afterall the Mardi Gras parade and this organisation should get first dibs on the opportunity of a bucket collection ahead of any other gay & lesbian organisations/charities
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You must know, the sort of dinosaur who uses expressions that aren't acceptable to the "party boys". You'll get it one day, "lad".
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Well actually 3 NMG medical volunteers were bashed along the parade route in Hyde Park. Perhaps those cops busting people for having a pill or two or a joint on them could have been stationed in Hyde Park to stop the real crime. But I guess stopping gay bashings doesn't win votes now does it...
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Look, police presence is going to be a fact of life for ALL parties and i accept it. However, unless you have a mental shield of a rhinocerus, the little voice that says 'i am watching you', even if you are not doing anything wrong' isn't going to make me put my hands up in the air :)
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Evil Twin what are you trying to say, that all tall gay boys dance like a palm tree in a cyclone? ;)

As one of the tallest gay boys in Sydney I love the fact that some of the shorter members of our community constantly think that my size 15 feet are podiums that they can dance on. ;) ;)

God I hope I will not be pushed into a tallgayboy space at future parties. I won’t be able to see the substandard shows or the budget lighting!
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Extra comments from Johnny
Just a couple of extra things I forgot to mention. One thing I always love about the Mardi Gras party is how happy and friendly the crowd always seems to be. Everyone just really lets their hair down and is great for a slut like me as it's always easy to meet and dance/pash with really spunky boys. I find this to be a big point of diffence with parties like Toybox where people seem to keep to themselves/groups more and I rarely meet anyone nice. The mood is totally different in my opinion.

While most of my original post was singing the praises of the MG party I do want to mention that I completely agree about the heat factor. I spent a lot of the night in the RHI which was fun but I just couldn't believe how hot it was. Towards the end of the night it made me feel really sick and I had to leave
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" know it's a volunteer thing, but please get some creative sorts who've done parties or know a bit about staging or decoration for big spaces."

I heartily agree, while the majority of us would proclaim that music is the be all and end all at these parties, as human beings, we are also VISUAL creatures. An effective use of colour (through lasers perhaps ;)) and design principles to enhance the space within the RHI will subliminally and consciuosly enhance our enjoyment.
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An open letter to New Mardi Gras
It's time for a change. Out with the old and in with the new please. Since the re-incarnation of Mardi Gras to New Mardi Gras, we have seen party production slowly continue a downhill battle. Yes, Mardi Gras is a organisation that puts on much more than a party, but it's party is a very large factor of it's success and global domination.

This year's party was the defining step between skating on thin ice, and breaking that said ice and taking a dip. As you can see on pinkboard, people are just starting to climb out and ask "What the fuck just happened?".

You were able to follow a tried and true format for the party for a long time, and this year you stepped out a little more with the incorporation of more venues. That's fine, but there are original issues that need to be addressed. One in particular is the health and safety of your patrons, this is in regard to the BK Dome.

Every person that has even been inside this venue is aware of its ventilation issues. There is no possible way you were un-aware of this problem yet you allowed thousands to pack inside to see Paul Mac and the Presets? Obviously, people are going to come and visit, so why wouldn't you make it a priority? Surely the safety of punters are paramount.

What happened in the RHI/Horden. Yes we know that there was last minute budget cuts site-wide but does it really require artwork that could have been bought at vinnies? Please recruit experienced lighting designers for our two main rooms. Please try new things, and please use operators that actually know how to operate a dance party.

Ok, so cost is a object. Hopefully, bits of slashed drape, cheap canvas works and a really ugly dj booth won't make a appearance ever again.

The whole idea of Mardi Gras Party is to be transported into another world, to have a experience that is like none other, to look around and see some towering centrepiece that no matter which way you look at it, dwarfs every sense inside you.

Even if you were having a bad trip, it's not possible to escape the decor that was Mardi Gras Party 2007.

This party used to be a source of inspiration for many, now it looks like MG and it's "creatives" are looking elsewhere for ideas. The stage was shocking, there were no interesting elements, Ayres Rock was a complete joke and I don't think it's even a good idea to get started on the morning images.

We all know we're going to have major act's next year. Please give the major act's something to talk about back home. Don't put them back up on the usual stage, don't give them the usual group of dancers, give them a experience. And give the crowd a memory they will never forget.

30 is a big number, make it the biggest show ever.

If Mardi Gras is to keep the public believing in its sequinned-journey to fab, the 30th birthday needs to be a fucking big cake. The party is more a show now than a party, but it doesn't look like one. Production "Designers" need to look at other formats, productions and shows to see how they have incorporated modern technology into their designs.

The stage doesn't have to be a rectangle, the set doesn't have to have 3 walls and two levels. Step out, take a big chance, because if you get the right people involved the result will supersede all expectation.

This isn't a gripe, it's more of a plea. I and so many thousand others want to see Mardi Gras pick up the slack with its party and transform it into the worlds best "GAY AND LESBIAN" event. I'm not saying it's time for a change of leadership because Brad and the Aztech Boys have done a fantastic job. But it's definitely time for a more refined group of creative's to step in and save the look of this amazing party.

Let's return the party to the pride it once made me feel. All you need to do is ask NMG, because there are so many of us that want to help you succeed...

Succeed the way you deserve to.
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A voice saying " I am watching you " ???????????

What the f**K ???????????????

No John K I do not have that little voice in my head and
sorry that you apparently do.

So yes I and my friends did have our hands in the air
( in response to Boy George ). Actually in the Hordern a lot of people had their hands in the air to Boy George and at times to the lasers so I dont think they had the voice either !

Each to his own darls
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the hordern
My group arrived at around 1, so we missed Sveta (on purpose). Boy George had so much discussion preceding his performance, good and bad, that we completely missed the Freemasons so we could check it out. Well, his mixing was not amazing, but he certainly had the energy going high. I was a little surprised to hear his music in the Hordern, as it would be better suited to the RHI, but the people seemed to scream when he finished (in happiness). Mike Kelly came on and played a lot of stuff I have never heard before, mixed with a lot of fun oldies. I couldn't think of a better set to take it through to the girls, who romped it home. We stayed in the Hordern all night. Admittedly, none of our group were on crystal, unlike a lot of the tweakers walking around, so we thought the music was definitely hard enough (and we all still had smiles left in our range of emotional expression possibility).

the decor was disappointing, and i did feel the sound was a little quiet, but not for one second did any of us feel like the party was anything but excellent. We ALL loved the variety on offer, the inclusive nature of this year's event lineup, the fantastic NEW people who came to tempt us at this year's festival and party, and the chance to catch up with all the locals we know and love.

It was a fantastic night, hot, steamy, sweaty and full of sexuality. We danced until the our feet wore down to a point just below our kneecaps and then decided for future walking reasons, it might be better to call a wheelchair home.

THANKS Mardi Gras! BUGGER these complainers, WE had a fun night!!!
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'Each to his own darls'

perhaps the '' little voice ' quip made me sound like a paranoid schizophrenic. but seriously, in all your experience, will you rather choose a situation where there is an authority figure (benign or not) being present at a social event, or one where one would feel freer to let your hair down?

what are the opinions of other posters?
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I applaud the more enthusiastic dancers among us, but even a casually swung pointy elbow can give me a black eye :-)

As for the size 15 feet, isn't that why god invented boots? Or are you in your open toed Roman sandles ;-)

It was lovely to see you back on the dance floor. Yay!
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Accountability
A sponsorship deal between Gaydar and New Mardi Gras totalling $1.5 million over 3 years. That's $500K per year. Where did this money go?? Certainly not into the lighting/lasers, set design, or shows from what I saw at the party. I look forward to seeing a public record of exactly where this sponsorship money was allocated for Mardi Gras 2007.
Currently listening to: the sound of ka-ching! eminating from NMG
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yeah thats all good but if mardi Gars cant act responsibly with the cash they have now what the heel wuill they do with more cash SMOKE IT. Mardi Gras is a business like toybox like DTP like the oxford street pubs its time MG acted like a business its totally unacceptable to blame the parade or fair for MG DUDE parties why is STR8 parties can charge alot less and still put on a great party its MG they are SLOPPY with money and they SHOULD NOT be in the businees of parties they should contract it out to thrid party WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING and get a set fee that removes the risk.
Also its time the GREDDY bars on Oxford street got real and all chipped in to help cover the cost of the parade or lets move it up KING street im sure all the pubs there would digg deep and support such a move
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Hello all! Just thought I'd say a quick howdy doody... I noticed one of the previous posters said they missed Sveta on purpose... tutt tutt! She's one of the best we've got in my opinion but, as we've seen posted many times in the last few days, each to their own. I enjoyed the party, definitely, but funnily enough, I spent 90% of my night in The Forum which is SO unike me! Retro doesn't usually do it for me. I had to retreat there as my girlfriend didn't want to leave it because of the beanbags and the great ventilation in the Members area. I must admit, I found the coolness rather comforting as well. I realy wanted to stay in the RHI to hear the Freemasons first and foremost but every time I walked in there, couldn't handle the heat so went back to The Forum. I think I need a nice long break from all the party favours as I had to have far too much during the 9 hours I was there and because of that, couldn't do any of the recoveries I wanted to. Thanks Mardi Gras for a wonderful festival... didn't think the party was the greatest ever as I had anticipated it would be but again, still enjoyed it. Oh and the person that commented on the performer coming over the crowd with the mirrors on her, that was Vanessa Amorosi back in 2000 I believe and for me, that was definitely the best show I've ever seen at a MG run party. Am already thinking about what I'm going to do next year, for the big one. Can't wait! :D Hope everyone is recovering nicely.... xxx
JGirl -

I do agree about the party decorations. Yes, of course it's always as much fun as you make it, and I had a good time. Saw lots of friends. Danced a lot (even though I think the music was quite patchy across the venues).

But the badly painted bed sheets in the RHI were really unwhelming by the standard even of lower budget parties. Very school fete. Not enough clever thinking. New Mardi Gras have been really impressive with their party decoration and ideas, and somehow this was a giant leap back on that front.

The new regime of Policing did change the vibe, although I have to say (and many people have made similar comments) that the drugs out there are a bit weird at the moment and created a different mood. As I saw people dragged from the halls, unconscious and foaming at the mouth, and as ambulances seemed to arrive frequently in the early part of the morning, maybe an attempt to level out the party environment is not a bad idea (and might help the music in the later stages as we get back to basics). Not saying we shouldn't have fun in all the ways we do, but just swing the balance a bit.

Anyway, good party, though not the best. At $130++, more clever decoration and lights needed for sure.
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Quality vs Quantity
I've left it for a couple of days before I posted about the party but I have to agree with the comments about the production standards this year.
I feel as though MG went for quantity over quality to try to appeal to a wider audience. Sounded good in principle but it just didn't work. The RHI and Hordern were both clearly lacking when it came to the size of the dance floor space, lighting etc with the budget spent on hiring additional areas and artists. Considering the majority of people are in these 2 spaces, it's what the party is judged on musically and visually.
I for one would much rather see 2 or 3 spaces with all the trimmings than 7 spaces done poorly.
So what can be done over the next 12 months to achieve something big for the 30th anniversary?
Can Sleaze Ball attract enough punters this year to contribute to the MG party next year?
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I had a bloody great MG with my GF and some lovely new boys we met in the Forum. Best party ever, we loved it. thanks to all at NMG and to all the boys we partied with! Looking forward to Sleaze!
Currently listening to: it's oh so quiet - natural atmos!
marching girl Confirmed -

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I am sure NMG would be delighted if the sponsorship was for the value you claim. But never let the facts get in the way of a good whinge. It is no secret that the sponsoship is worth $350,000 over 3 years. Duh
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Actually it was reported in the SSO on 24/11/05 as a 1.5 million dollar sponsorship deal.

http://www.ssonet.com.au/archives/display.asp?articleID=5581

Bourget said “the large majority of it is going to be put away to one side to allow us to figure out how we’re going to use it in the long term in a strategic sense to secure the future of the organisation.”
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what did you pull that figure out of your rear end or what? we have all been told $500,000 per year over three years we havent been told the ration of cash and contra (banner advertising on gaydar)
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Great Party - thank you NMG and all the volunteers.

Yes the decorations/lighting in RHI dull but it certainly did not spoil our night. Its the music.

Yes RHI/Dome too hot. Fans I think would work in Dome but wouldnt for RHI but do remember one year a machine of some kind at one of the exit doors onto Driver Ave blowing in fresher/cooler air ? but that was years ago but presume those machines still around.

Wish Mandy was on at 3am. No offence to Mike but could have really done with a harder session.

John K - I dont get it about your posts ? Voices ? cant let your hair down because the police were there ? they have been walking around parties for quite awhile now.
What were you doing that might cause the police to intervene ? having sex ? well security or the walking rovers would stop that as well. If you mean letting your hair down and having a wild time, jumping around, kissing your boyf, hugging people and just generally going wild well........... its not against the law and no one would stop you. Sorry but seems you have some fixation on the Police.

Agree NMG need to look at raising more money from Fair Day like a gold coin/$5 dollor bucket throw in or something. They get all of that for free but the party gets its budget cut is not fair on the partygoers.

But we still had a great time and will be there for many more.
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It depends on what you think is important.
Initially the parties were held to get people off the streets after the Parade. The old MG always saw its primary function as putting on the Parade. Fair Day was initially put on by the Gay & Lesbian Business Lobby and was taken over by MG when the lobby could not afford to do it.
When MG collapsed the concensus in the community was that even if the parties couldn't be put on - the Parade had to continue. (These sentiments were expressed by someone who had the reputation for being the best Party Manager of the old company and it was a view that was held by many of the party boys).
You suggest that NMG is run by business people. The truth is that NMG is run by volunteers in a way that the old company never was. When the old MG collapsed it had a full time staff of 33. NMG has an employed staff of 3. The work is now done by volunteers - nearly 6,000 of them (2000 in the working groups and 4,000 marshalls and participants in the Parade).
You suggest that NMG should contract the party to someone who knows what they are doing. NMG has contracted out the staging of the party to someone who is considered to be the best in the industry and who did the same job last year. What dis you think about last years'party.
You obviously did not like this years'Party. Fair enough. How about joining the Party working group for next season so that the same mistakes will not happen again.
In one respect you are very wrong. NMG is not a business like Toy Box or the Oxford Street Pubs. Firstly, NMG is a not for profit organisation. The organisers for Toy Box do it because they make lots of money which they put in their pockets. What is earned by NMG goes back into NMG -as a not for profit none of the members of NMG makes any money out of all the work they do. Secondly, NMG is not a parasite. Some posters have asked challenging questions about whether the Party should fund the other activities of NMG. This is a valid question that will no doubt have to be addressed.But ask yourself why Toybox always holds its parties either the day before or after Mardi Gras's party. They do so because they are exploiting the season that 6,000 volunteers have created. It would have been simple for Toybox or Homosexual to put on their parties next weekend. They don't because they know they will sell more tickets when they do it on the same weekend as Mardi Gras' party because party boys will choose to go to one or the other party (as borne out by what many posters have said on this board already). Those who do make money out of Mardi Gras, ironically, are the Toy Boxes and the pubs on Oxford Street. Ask yourself how much all the venues up & down Oxford Street made out of the crowd at the parade. Then ask what do these same venues give to Mardi Gras - the answer is nothing.
Finially you should understand the vicious circle in your logic. NGM cannot afford all the production wizardry of the commercial pomoters. As people reject the NMG party and go to Toybox or Homosexual or whatever, there is even less money available to put into the parties. Thus the vicious circle.
To the poster who referred to the parties of old, bear in ming that in the 80's & 90's no one would have dared to hold a dance party at another venue on the same night as a MG party. As to the sponsorship money that NMG gets -don't forget that in the old days MG received nearly 1 million dollars in sponsorship a year (on top of ticket sales) and they nearly always made a net loss.
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um, yes you are. This would have to be the most ridiculous argument i have ever heard. Have you ever been flattened by a diesel dyke? Well I have. It took me three months of intense physio to come good. I have only gotten the courage to dance in public again. I hope one day we will be able to dance side by side - lesbians and gay men, short and tall, fat and skinny, elbows and no elbows. One day we will all dance together...
5 foot 2 gay man - scared of towering dykes -

Well, reading between the lines, it sounds like a pretty good party and I'm truly sorry I couldn't be there. Will certainly return next year! Do hope there were still lots of sexy, sqeating men in the Dome, pashing and groping for all they were worth! That's what the Dome's for isn't it?
PaulD -

Thumbs Up
Trying to keep things very general here - mainly because I believe that ultimately it is up to the individual partygoer to be responsible for how good a time they have - but I must say that for my 19th party, and after maybe a good five or six years of so-so parties, it is my considered opinion that FINALLY Mardi Gras has its MOJO back. I'm not talking, production, lights, shows, sound, music, or DJs - I'm talking CROWD - ie you mob. I think the party finally had a sniff of a return to the joi-de-vivre; the fuck-you-let's-play-up of the eighties & early nineties, and the parade too had a bit of that feel too (though still lacking a bit in creativity compared to its heyday).
Maybe it's a drug thing, maybe it's a zeitgeist thing, I don't claim to know; I just reckon WE are a bit back to form.

My highlights (for what they are worth):Sveta & Boy George in the Horden (ok his mixing is a bit sedate, but their eclecticism is what an annual coming together party should be all about. Oh, and dancing in the sunlight and acting like a total dag. I think the DJs in the forecourt are carrying the spiritual legacy of the Flinders/Beresford laneway and and and have the most important role of the night. OK now I'm getting silly, so I'll finish up.
Currently listening to: 7.30 Report - Kerry O'Brien
scooby -

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I think they have it wrong, but it is hard sometimes to know about the broader community values and ideas beyond your own friends, community etc. (I never ever believed Pauline Hanson would get elected to the Senate in this country, so what do I know??)

But I do know that none of my lesbian friends want or use the women's only space. We all want to be in the thick of it, in the middle of the RHI, under the mirror ball, with all the lovely, happy, smiling, welcoming men, and some other dykes as well. Well, back when there was a mirror ball....that has LASER LIGHTS bouncing off it!!

I have been in the Women's Space once for about two minutes some years ago and couldn't understand why anybody would want to go to a party and spend it there. But that is only my own view. Maybe that environment does not feel right for some women. I wouldn't have thought it would be an issue for the younger dykes, who are able to party with both their gay and straight, male and female, friends at most nightclubs without any problems. Maybe it is an issue for some older women, but them I am 47, and was partying with my 47 year old partner and our 50 year old friend on Saturday, so maybe not. And it was lovely to see so many faces we have partying with all these years at both Mardi Gras and at Azure the weekend before. (Well, until 9.00 pm anyway.)

I think part of the problem for NMG is that having gone there, or at least Mardi Gras having gone there previously, it is now difficult to back away from the women's only space, without then being accussed of, dare I say it, mysogony or something similar.

IMHO, New Mardi Gras should do away with any "Only" spaces, announce that well beforehand, and people can chooose whether to attend or not.

And to the person's whose friend was not allowed to use the women's toilet when needed in a hurry, that is outrageous. And yes, the women's tiolets were virtually empty, in both the RHI and Hordern, anytime I went there during the night. So let anybody who needs to go into any toilet at any time, just go and do what they need to do. We are all grown ups, and we don't need security at tiolet doors!

Same re people of one gender being kicked off the dance floor...bloody hell! Is this what we really want for our beautiful, fabulous, wonderful, celebration of our sexuality and freedom???

Will stop raving now and go and make dinner!
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Parade Photo's up at Petezimagez
HI Everyone,

Have just noticed that the parade photo's are now up on www.petezimagez.com.au. He always takes great shots -am looking forward to seeing his party pics online soon!

Hope everyone is recovering nicely. :-)
Currently listening to: No Music; TV in the background
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enough bitching lets all sign up MG memebership
ok this is becomming a really bad bitch session yeah MG has its faults out of 4 parties theres been one borderline and one (2007) real DUDE so thats not bad

If we can egt the bars on oxford street to cough up their share for the parade, a $2 cover at fair day and we all sign up MG might just get 2008 right
So i challenge everyone here to become a mG memeber
xxx
love not war
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you' re right, i may be a little paranoid. you should give yourself a pet on the back for being so enlightened ;-)
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You miss the point. Are you prepared to join the party working group? If you are - then after you have dealt with the issues first hand you will find out that its often a question of how much money there is to spend. And yes - if the party did not have to subsidise Fair Day & Parade we could put on a Party that would knock your socks off (or any other article of clothing you can think of). But if we ditched Parade & Fair Day would all the volunteers be prepared to give their time & energy so freely to put on the party? And this is a foundamental question, particularly if you - the very person who is so critical about NMG lacking commercial acumen - are yourself not interested in becomming involved in the party working group (or any other group). I suspect that you are not even a member of NMG and that you have never looked at a NMG balance sheet otherwise you would know that when you do the sums (as you implore) there is no pot of gold available to put on the parties.
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Shame List
Why doesnt NMG put out a public statement that it expects all venues that make money out of the season to contribute in some way - financial or otherwise - and if they don't NMG will publish their names in a shame list.
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I thought blackmail and extortion were both criminal acts
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Perhaps the lack of set design, lighting and talent seen at this years' party are a direct result of NMG scrimping and saving for next years' do? Just a thought.

If we are going to have huge performers next year, the budget would need to be AT LEAST double what it was this year. I really hope that this is the explanation. Because otherwise, I can't help wonder where my $130 went
Linkstar -

What to do if you really want to move forward and not bitch.!
Moving forward. All I suggest to the nay sayers here is to contact Brad Wright directly and either give him feedback directly or offer to join a working group as a volunteer and get involved with the planning next year. Failing that just be happy with what he and a multitude of volunteers created.
For those of you who don't know how to contact him, try the following:
brad@aztechevents.com.au
brad.wright@mardigras.org.au
I have emailed him before and received an email that satisfied my request. A friend also introduced us at the shift one night before auditions and guess what, he is actually a nice guy and actually listened to my gripe. Sure the party was not was I ideally wanted, but geez was much better that some of the other parties in the past 5 years.
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http://www.blazemedia.com.au/155/X16BLZ_003M.pdf

http://www.acl.org.au/national/browse.stw?article_id=13488

http://www.ssonet.com.au/display.asp?ArticleID=6253

http://www.qsoft.co.uk/content/press_read.aspx?id=13
Rod -

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Agree it was certainly way better than parties years ago
etc.

I just dont know how people get so affected by a lack of scenery and dont bitch back at me. I've been to parties when in a warehouse. I wanted music and a dance and thats what I got. Agree lighting adds to the feeling on the dance floor but the scenery for me adds zero feeling.
Couldnt care less if it was bits of white material hanging down and full on scenery surrounding the floor.
I attended all those parties in the Hordern late 80's
early 90's which dressed up the Hordern and it was a treat to walk in and gawk at it all but once on that dance floor it was the music.
With so many halls playing so many different styles I just cant see how people whinge about the music unless they only stick to the one hall ? we moved around when a DJ didnt suit us and danced when we found one. Didnt have to be in the one hall all night.

I've always thought those who get the free ride like Fair Day should be donating as they enter even if its
$5 per person. They tend to be the ones turning up their noses at the parties with " been there done that" which is fine but why should the Party $'s support their free ride ? Remember those huge lighting rigs in the RHI.

But we had a great time at Mardi Gras and looking forward to the next.
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Fully! Hopefully people involved with the party read this and notice the volume of peeps that thought this year was a 'miss' decor wise.

I would love to be invloved but i dont really think mardi gras are interested in putting people like us in charge of design or even letting us have a bite at the apple.

I mean how many people would have tried to tell them how bad it looked this year? Plenty judging by the looks on the night and the comments here but nothing was done.

At least hire some good companys next year.

xx
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IMHO, New Mardi Gras should do away with any "Only" spaces, announce that well beforehand, and people can chooose whether to attend or not.
Party Girl - Wed 7 Mar 2007 20:18:18


Well said !!!

NMG Members get their own respite area by paying for the privilege.

If a small section of 'women' believe they really need what seems to have turned into a very militant women's only space, then they should be prepared to pay a premium for it as well.

Many gay men could argue they need a respite dance area away from the str8 chicks and their hair flicks, but we know that will never happen.
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are you for real the last two MG have been no good 2006 was borderline and 2007 complete crapp 2005 was the best
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Hey NMG look at how the Toybox crew put on their parties. No need to decorate up the halls - just put in the best dance floors, the best sound system and the best lighting system (include plenty of lazers). Take the Hordern back to how the punters like it, trance/hard energy and keep RHI girly house. Limit the venues to Hordern, RHI, Dome and outside areas. Drop the shows - they are really a waste of time in the scheme of things. Try bringing out some decent dj's like Homosexual have done. These are what make for a great party, I and plenty of others couldn't give a toss about fluffing out the venues with lovely fabric. We are there to enjoy the music, lighting and dance with our friends. Thats what a party is all about.
Currently listening to: Happy Mardi Gras - Party Tunes Tuesday
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Re: An open letter to New Mardi Gras
Opinion opinion opinion that's all this wall is about. Like alot of other people have said VOLUNTEER!!!! Or is that to much to ask ...... but then again what would you fill your days with if it wasn't bitching on pinkboard.

I remember people hanging from the rafters to watch Kylie. OK the young DIVAS are no Kylie but the principle is the same. A few hours of dancing then a show. Breaks up the night quite nicely.

Thanks MG for doing the job that most people can't be bothered doing.
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Well although I don't like to think of myself as a whinger as I'm more often than not pro Mardi Gras and their parties, I'm still going to volunteer for Sleaze Working Group for this year. Hopefully I can have some input, but again, like another poster said, it's all one person's opinion isn't it?
Oh and regarding the shows, I LOVE the shows and definitely don't want them to go. Only thing is, they have to be good, creative and fun shows (not saying the shows lately haven't been). At the end of the day, I'd hate it if NMG went away, so I'll do what I can to keep them around for as long as possible (and yes, I AM a member and have been for years). :D
Currently listening to: twittering - birdies outside
JGirl -

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YEAH - bring back harder Hordern !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dont get me wrong though, still had a great Mardi Gras.
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A Sell-out?
SX have reported that NMG Chair Marcus Bourget declined to comment on how many tickets where sold to the after party at the Entertainment Quarter but he did confirm that the party "sold out" on the night. The Sydney Star Observer reports a sell-out party of 16,000.

A few days before the party NMG advertised that 17,000 party goers from more than 35 countries were expected at the party based upon ticket sales data.

My question is how can the Sydney Star Observer and perhaps Marcus Bourget suggest that the party was a 16,000 sell-out when the most recent advertisements suggested that the party would have 17,000 party goers?
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I did volunteer this year but mum will never let me volunteer again as she is really pissed off with what we did to her good bed sheets in the RHI! ;)
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Don't they say it sells out every year
on the night?
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Actually I've got my score card of the last 15 Mardi Gras and 2005 is somewhere near the bottom for me - but then it just goes to show that it's all about personal taste. I'd rank 2004 as very near the top along with 1996 and 1997 (absolute top in my opinion). 2001, 2005 and 2007 all score extremely low - I'll let the distance of time decide where 2007 ranks in that group. But that's just my opinion and tendency to make lists!
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The best Mardi Gras parties of all time
"I'd rank 2004 as very near the top along with 1996"

Yes indeed, Those two MG parties I DJ'ed at .. that says it all I think ;)
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Mardi Gras and Toybox use the same sound company for their party's. Were always getting great sound because that company knows how to do it.
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For me, the mid 90's parties were when Mardi Gras peaked. People will remember 1998 and "Twenty Years of Mardi Gras" when the pre-Fox capacity of 21,000 was actually more like 28,000 and the Hordern toilets rocked :)

It's been trending downhill ever since, as far as I'm concerned, but I've been doing Mardi Gras for a long, long time and and for people who are turning up for the first time, it's still an amazing experience.
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Yes, 2003 was better than 1999. 2003 was the best. But 2004 had better shows, and 2001 had a bigger dance floor, and 2002 had Mandy at 3am in the Horden. That was definitely the best. Oh I don't know.....
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So Scott, please advise whether you found the Karma Kleaners:
a. funny
b. cheeky
c. nasty
d. nice
e. all of the above
or f. other (details)

http://www.yarwood.com.au/mg2007/sound/index01.mp3
ethel yarwood - Give me time, to realise my crime -

i agree 1997 kicked ass!!!! absolute cracker
and this year was my 15th i think...
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Favourite DJ moments
My favourite DJ moments were Fergie in City Live in 2001 and DJ 4 Strings in the Hordern in 2005. Fergie's pumping hard set literally had my transfixed for 2 hours... still listen to his Hard Energy CD to this day.
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I was too young to enjoy the festives of the early 90's toilets. What was it like? Oh please educate me!
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You just made all that up!!!
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that was better Mardi Gras pulling some last ditch spin to try and kick start ticket sales with that advert better than the board coming out again (like in 2005 Slease and Black mailing us to buy a tix to their 2nd rate parties)tix were in the 15,350 late Sat
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no he didnt. you wouldnt believe how many people are listening to music released 5 years back. they just cant move on. thats why we dance to dated music in our clubs and lunapark. sad and boring really.
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Fully recovered and looking forward to a nice quiet weekend but after ready this Board and Party Board I really have to ask.............

What the f**k kind of expectations do you people have ?

This wall mainly slamming NMG for decorations ? for f**k
sakes bedsheets hanging in the RHI didnt spoil our night.
If you couldnt find you music style at MG with all those spaces and they were advertised as to what was being played then why were you at the Party ?

Toybox also got slammed for playing old Trance ? but I have read that same line a few times after past Toybox parties so why do you go ? its obviously their style, its obviously still sells out or comes close to it so why go if you hate old trance ?

Seems both parties just could not please posters or is it just a 100 vocal posters out of around 20,000 people who partied at MG and Toybox ?

To the person who keeps saying volunteer.......... would they listen to someones advice if their credentials are only " Oh I've done the last 25 years of Parties " ? when
there are professional companies there already ? and if budget restraints mean cutting back on the so called decorations/lighting then our advice is not needed ?

I know this will get me slagged but get a grip people. Its fine to point out what you liked/didnt like but some posts are nasty or the unbeleivable " An Open letter to Mardi Gras " bitching how they just didnt cater to your personal tastes.

Posters pine over the 90's parties and how big etc but thats because MG and Sleaze didnt really have any competition back them whether from gay or straight parties. The number of people who party has grown but there are just way more parties on because music styles have also grown and so diverse. Doubt it will ever get those figures except maybe for anniversaries like upcoming 30th etc.

I truly feel sorry for NMG and the volunteers who put on the party when they read these posts and again wonder if its just a vocal minority whereas the majority like me enjoyed themselves.
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Actually Mandy was in the Dome in 2002, playing before Scott Shimmia (there's a name you don't hear anymore). And as for the silent DJ making my night in 2004 - unless your name is Lisa German then no banana for you. 1996 was all about Steve Carley's closing set in the RHI. I think that was the difference in 2007 - there was no standout set from any of the DJs that I heard all night. Sveta saved 2005 from being bottom of the list by playing the most amazing set in the most awful venue - IMO.
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Spot on - Lisa German. sigh. What a set - I still dream about that.
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POSITIVITY!
Times change People change NMG changes and i applaud you all for taking the first step into a New Mardi Gras.
I loved the options that you had to offer throughout the party and i personally had a journey through many different musical styles and LOVED every single one of them!
The cabaret was good for a virgin plight and i thought it was quite enjoyable,that Jeremy Brennan is HOT! and a great performer.
The Presets and the Dome was HOT! literally but who cares all you could do was dance so it fits its sole purpose.
Boy George was just a great sight to watch and loved the fact that he was djing at our Party was the novelty for me.
Shows were great,it seems the choreographers are really stepping up the game which is great as well,they are truly professional shows.
GO RETRO! the forum was jumping non stop what a sight it was gold!So tacky yet so tasteful!
Watching from the VIP Bar looking out and seeing a sea of people going off doesnt seem to me that too many share any negative vibes about the party but you cant please everybody,so THANKYOU NMG for pleasing me!
I look forward to many more years partying with you and watching you have your second wind!
EVERYONE GOES THROUGH CHANGE LETS HELP NMG WITH A LITTLE POSITIVITY!
Big Love
xxx
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I feel vindicated
Now that we have people complaining about the party (about the decorations no less) I feel completely vindicated in being upset with this year's Launch. At least I was concerned about not excluding people and keeping the Launch for the community and not for celebrities. Now the people complaining about the party have a smigen of an idea about what the Launch complainers are feeling.
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As coordinator of the ACON float, I would just like to respond to an earlier posting, and note that to the best of my knowledge, the only people who followed the vehicle were a team of six of our volunteers who had carried large and heavy props the entire length of the parade, and needed to store these on the vehicle as part of our float disassembly, and crew to assist this process, as was explained at the time. The minibus that followed was a support vehicle for members of our communities who could not have otherwise participated in the parade.
I do hope all had a happy and safe Mardi Gras. Thank you to all involved – it certainly was a huge and amazing effort.
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And dont forget Rachel Auburn in the Hordern ......lot of people sitting in the bleachers and then she came on.
None of that airy/fairy first song crap leading into a beat about 5 minutes later.

BHAM............. straight off hard and fast and the bleachers emptied.

I still buy/download her stuff whenever I find it.

That was 1 overseas DJ I was happy with.

Those were the days my friends,
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Aaawww that's a lovely post! I must say, I enjoy reading all of Pinkboard but it's nice to see an upbeat, friendly post with nothing but nice things to be said.
Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.... :)
Currently listening to: Some kind of trance - No idea...
JGirl -

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Guys, does it REALLY matter if it was a sell-out or not? What difference does it actually make to whether you have a good time or whether the party was a true success? Every room felt absolutely packed to me so that was as much of a sell-out as I wanted anyway.
Currently listening to: random House/trance - dunno
JGirl -

Mardi Gras was amazing!I
Just returned home from an amazing time in Sydney. Thank you to you friendly locals for making such a great season for your city.
I was blown away to see the Little Brittan guys open the festival in such an amazing setting - such a jump up from last years acoustic lesbian session in the fenced off park! :-) Extremely special to have a Saturday afternoon with bears and kids and everyone in between ushering a new year for Mardi Gras.
The fair day was super fun too. Go Sydney again for turning out such a beautiful day.
The party! Wow! Got to say theres nothing like a good old parade to get the juices flowing! Cant say I could relate to the bigger halls, but forund my groove in the Dome. From the dj Gemma & Seymour set, Paul Mac, The Presets, Stereogamous, Mark Murphy and Ben Drayton were all sensational.
I am saddedned to read peoples anrgy posts on here. You can match your beauty with bitching Sydney! :-) You really dont know how spoilt you are.
Keep up the good fight Mardi Gras. Lets hope the whingers get involved for next years party. Anonymous postings on pinkboard, while your maybe your 'right' you are 'wrong' in your approach.
Thank you to all the vollunters, workers, performers, dj's, marchers, marshalls who contributed positivity, optimism and enthusiasm to making my festival so amazing. Without you, the negative nellys take over!
Hers's to an outstanding 2008 - 30 years! Wow!

ps thanks to you too Mr Panther for this wall. Next year can you produce two walls; a "I heart Mardi Gras" and 'I'm self loating" wall.
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The Forecourt @ MG
Were there any other Pinkboard-ers dancing in the Forecourt at the MG party?

I thought the vive there was so much fun. Very friendly, funky crowd & so much fun dancing under the stars & into the sunrise.
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Boy George etc.
I don't care what the rest of you say, Boy George was GREAT. And as for this "harder please Mr Music" shit - hello! We're not all on crystal. We don't all want endlessly "harder and harder" music. Overall, great party that harked back to the friendlier, funkier vibe of a few years back - and with all the different areas, different styles of music and DJs, there really was something for everyone.
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Yah!!! spent my last 2 hours at the party dancing on the forecourt.... such a friendly vibe and not to mention the perfomance from Kyla Sexton!! if you missed her check out her website for a taste...

http://www.kyla.com.au/Home.aspx
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Get over yourself............

I love the harder stuff and would NEVER be STUPID enough to go anywhere near crystal.

You dont know what you are talking about so dont post
such ridiculous rubbish.

Actually the posters saying that, were just saying how they missed the harder edge the Hordern has become known for......... nothing more.
I was one of them but I was congratulating NMG on a great party.

Certainly not saying how decorations destroyed their
whole Mardi Gras.
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Thanks for that post Californian Cub.

Some people just dont realise how good we have it here. Sure there are overseas parties that are better but as a package for the whole of February and Sydney lifestyle it cannot be beaten.

Hope you make it for the 30th :)
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Oh please , cause we like the harder music you equate it to crystal use ?
I for one love the harder styles and would never be so
stupid as to use crystal.
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" We are not all on cystal " ?

How dare you !

Never touched the stuff, never will. Dont understand how anyone can with the reputation it has.

Love harder style.

Listen to harder stuff at home while drinking a cup of tea.

Dont ever compare drugs to someones music preference.
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Um, I think I stepped out onto it just as Kyla was finishing up, Sista P was spinning I think from memory.. It was nice but I was in the "I really need to go home now frame of mind" by that point! :)
Currently listening to: Charlie & The Choc Factory - Movie 1
JGirl -

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We all know Mardi Gras has more competition these days but that only makes the poor production standards at this years party even more unacceptable.

Competition should spur improvement not the bland music choice, high school decorations and overall lack of imagination shown. How on earth are you going to attract people back to Mardi Gras with cheap production standards when the very reason people go to parties like Toybox is because they aim to blow people away.

I have never been to a party before where the energy levels were as dull as last Saturday. Do we really need 7 average spaces? Why not do 2 or 3 really well?

It's not hard and it needn't be any more expensive. It's about careful DJ choice, creativity and a commitment to overdeliver on peoples expectations so that they are more than willing to part with their money the following year.

It's also about listening to people and taking on board feedback (positive and negative) so that you can improve.
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People will always have expectations, whether they be related to post 2003 MG Party or not.

"The Party" has always had a reputation for being one of the biggest Gay and Lesbian Dance Parties for bringing together a world class production team in terms of party components such as lighting, sound, creative, etc to the brothers and sisters of Sydney (and their interstate and OS guests)

It will always be hit and miss for some and some of us have been really spoiled over the years with some rather amazingly produced parties with rigs that burned holes in your retinas, stages that held 40+ dancers and community fun lovin performers and sound that blew your head off.

Then there were the special guests and those tinted window cars that used to drive along the parade route and kept us all wondering who it would be either rising up from the stage or revolving round to the cheers and screams of a waiting RHI - heaving and sweaty and in expectation of a show with either a strange looking alien giving birth or, a romeo and juliet style stage or, la minogue?

These people/new teams of people work hard to create this sort of thing, so they deserve praise and most possibly, resources are not as easy to come by now.

In the old days, money was thrown at the party and it usually went well over the budget in terms of production. This sort of spending on any sort of party nowadays is rare, unfortunately.

Way back, the RAT / Bacchnalia parties were known for their outlandish design and over the top concepts.

This was a world before occupational health and safety/ logistical nightmares and DJ's commanding $$$$ to perform.

It was about the love, creativity and experience, oh and having a damn fine time doing it too.

But, the vibe was there...thats a big plus....and Sleaze has always been the heavily themed party so maybe decoration people will get their fix then.
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I love my Sydney and she has so many problems these days, like any other major city. One of them is not that she is unable to put on the best shows on earth, gay or straight.

Get over your whinging, bitching, post Tina crap and either get involved or bugger off to somewhere you will really learn to appreciate the best city on earth!
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whomever you are you are so spot on re fergie!!!!!!

i had heard a little about him from some os pals who caught him at trade before the partry and i walked in to city live just as he came on feeling a little flat.

it was like being plugged into an electricity socket. he blew the place apart!!! sensational sounds and he was so absolutley into it. not some celebrity dj- he was pulling the power out of the decks and slowing them right down then slamming the power back in to kick it right at the top of the breakdown. i still remember him smashing a vinyl record when he missed a mix-pasionate!!!

i also went out on the mon and bought his mos mix cd and still pop it on now and then. my adrenalin still runs when i think of those two hours when he rocked that venue!!!!!

nmg this is the sort of thing we need to inject some life back into parts of the big party.

can i just add that home was great on sunday night!! great interesting sounds and music from paolo. he would blow boy george out of studios and across moore park if given a chance!!
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hi guys
please jog my memory?
what party and hall did lisa german and rachel auburn play?
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Party Feedback
As a person who has been volunteering on a Mardi Gras working group for quite some time, im disappointed to read that so many of you had a "bad time" at the party. Perhaps its the same posters who write, perhaps its other promoters, perhaps you take too many drugs, perhaps some people just have it in for Mardi Gras. To me this was the best party in a long time, I have chatted to many people over the last week and overall the feedback has been very positive. What is it with pinkboard and the people who post here. The vollies and contractors who put this party together should be congratulated not shot down in flames.

Shame on some of you.
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lisa german and rachel auburn
"hi guys, please jog my memory? what party and hall did lisa german and rachel auburn play?"

Use the pinkboard archives yourself to find this information yourself -

http://www.pinkboard.com.au/history/mardigras/
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Ever heard of differing opinons? You've talked to people who enjoyed it, many of us have done the same but with different results. It's not picking on NMG (for the most part at least), but a genuine dissapointment with the standard of the party.

This was my 7th MG party and by far the worst. Issues with the heat in the halls - I still believe the excessive heat in the Dome presented a safety issue for the punters, the poor quality sound in the Horden, the phenominal rip off for food & drinks just to name a few problems that my friends and I encountered.

The "vollies" should always be congratulated but some contractors should hang their heads in shame and not blindly praised (in my humble opinion of course).
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"whomever you are you are so spot on re fergie!!!!!! ...it was like being plugged into an electricity socket. he blew the place apart!!! "

Ah that previous comment was from me and I'm glad i wasn't the only one! I had only read a little about him, decided to go to City live (as it was called back then) and check him out. I was dancing on the stairs of the stage right under where he was DJ'ing (DJ box was on the side of the venue). Literally I did not move from the spot for two hours... my body was transfixed. The electricity anology is so true, it was like volts were being pumped through everyone in that room. The energy levels of his music were just great and his mixing was sublime... you just don't hear that level of creativity very often.

I caught him again at Two Tribes which that year was on at Homebush the weekend after Mardi Gras. Unfortunately the following year he played again at Two Tribes but the party was on the same night as Mardi Gras so I missed it.

Maybe someone should seek him out and see what he is up to these days. If he is still up to his old standard he would be a great headline act...
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How dare you equate crystal use with those that like harder styles !

Who the hell do you think you are ?

I LOVE my harder styles but would never be so STUPID as
to try crystal.

Dont need a chemical high when I'm listening to harder
music.
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Yes, I was there dancing with some very friendly, hot and funky people. Great vibe and music was amazing....loved it when the sun came out. The 6am to 9am at the forecourt was my favourite part of the party....
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Hi
both in the Hordern.

Rachel Auburn a few years before Lisa. I loved Rachel Auburn hard and full of energy.
Lisa I thought was good sometimes average.

It seems overall the female DJ's were better received than the males when we get International DJ's.
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Play Lists?
Are they a thing of the past? Pretty please, Mr & Ms DJ's.
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Dear Mardi Gras and Brad Wright re 2008
To Mardi Gras and Brad Wright...

There are a couple of posts above about DJ Fergie's (UK) appearance at the 2001 Mardi Gras party. He was soooo fantastic and would be a great headline act in the Hordern for the 2008 party. Please please please add him to your list to consider... he'd blow everyone away for sure.

www.djfergie.co.uk
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One final night
Traditionally my experienence is that the Saturday night out on Oxford Street the week after Mardi Gras is particularly busy as the last of the tourists in the country have that one final night out before heading home.

How was it for everyone last night ?
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sound and lighting in the Hordern
I don't know which team set up each hall at MG this year but from the bleachers in the rear of the Hordern this year the sound and the lighting were spot on perfect. Sound was not too lound or blasty, plenty of interest from the light shows without blinding punters. Dance floor was a little smaller than some years but there were seats every where and we always found a seat throughout the night and were able to appreciate each DJ. The heat of the night meant other spaces were not comfortable until later in the night but at least in the Hordern the sweat wasn't running down your sides unless you were dancing. I enjoyed that space.
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That was years ago when music was quite different.

I'd be voting against that suggestion for 2008.
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Dont get me wrong, had a great Mardi Gras

but my vote is to return the Hordern to the harder styles we have come to love in that Hall. Its always packed so no need to change the formula in there.
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"That was years ago when music was quite different."

First of all - what rubbish. Fergie is still one of the top DJ's in the UK and hosts his own radio program on BBC Radio 1.

Secondly - its just a suggestion and there are other DJ's out there who would also be great (but not as great as Fergie) :)

If we have to have 7 venues can we at least have some more energetic styles happening (and happening well) rather than the bad retro, predictable handbag or dull souless tribal music that we were subjected to at this year party.
Currently listening to: Lost In You - The Digital Blonde Remix - James Alexander & Pete Gawtry
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we traditionally call it "left-overs " weekend for obvious reasons.

some years they have rivalled the week before for a great night out!
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Well I had a friend's bbq at which I got VERY drunk and had a couple of other things. Went to Slide at around 10ish which was good and quite full (of straights), then went home and then out to Arq and Arq was jam packed but again, full of feral straights. I think I did a lap of the place and left straight away. It was quite horrid I thought.
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Sorry? could you re-write this entire post in english??

My only comment would be that, with these numbers, the party would have been screwed if it had rained! Can you imagine everyone that was ouitside (probably because of the obscene temeprature in half of the halls) trying to run inside?? Sell out or not I'd like MG to consider this one year.
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Hello ???????????????????????????????????????????????

Stop posting such ridiculous unsubstantiated rubbish !

I lurve my hard trance/hard dance/hard energy. I play it at home , I play it in the car and I dont need chemicals to give me a high from the beat.

Never seen/never tried/never felt like trying and never
would try crystal.

So stop posting such b*llsh*t.
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"It's not picking on NMG (for the most part at least), but a genuine dissapointment with the standard of the party. "

Does the same apply to the Launch?
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dome = amazing
Keep up with the live music and alterna djs please. You made the party for many - Thank you and see you next year!
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The party
This year's Mardi Gras party, as always, was brought to you by a community organisation which doesn't make a great deal of money and relies heavily on membership and voluntary work. I wonder what we could do as an organisation if the membership got a little bit larger. I only joined a couple of weeks before Mardi Gras, and my membership number is three thousand six hundred and something. Now presuming NMG uses a simple consecutive numbering system, that means there could be at best just under 4000 current members. If we estimate there were 15000 people at the party, that leaves 11000 potential NMG members. Now lets say 5000 of those joined NMG, that's an extra $225000 a year which the organisation would have to use on things like the Party, the Parade, the Launch, Fair Day, the Pool Party and the Festival generally. I reckon it is fair to say that a big slice of your $100 - $130 ticket price goes to things like venue hire and license fees, (I hear Playbill drive a fairly hard bargain), DJ fees and equipment hire. No wonder we rely so heavily on volunteers and on their ingenuity and creativity in utlising all sorts of materials and equipment to achieve the decorations. Sure, the glamour years of the 1990's were fantastic - each hall was bursting with light and lasers - but in the current economic situation we can't afford that. Mirror girl was brilliant and each time I think of that experience I get tears of joy and goosebumps all over, but OH&S regulations (and venue management) will never again allow performers suspended over the crowd. Nor will they allow lighting rigs which move. So the Scenic working Group need to come up with ever more ingenious (and relatively cheap) ways of making the venues represent a journey somewhere. I think they deserve our congratulations for a brlliant job executed with pride, passion and devotion to the community. Let's focus our positive thoughts on the fact that an amazingly diverse group of people in a wonderfully supportive environment can get together and have an incredible party - and if more of us joined NMG and/or volunteered some time to help, how much more incredible it would be! What is $45 anyway? Why not choose NOT to buy the latest Ministry of Sound compilation and put the $ towards your NMG membership? You're there already! 30th Anniversary next year and I hear some people in the community have some amazing ideas...The more of us involved, the better it will end up being.
Currently listening to: buzzing flouro light - My workplace
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"If we estimate there were 15000 people at the party, that leaves 11000 potential NMG members"


It's simple really: go back to the system where only members were able to purchase tickets. :)
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well thought through and well said....unlike many posts here

i have not been a member since the late 90's but you have made me think and my membership form is about to on it s way.

well done peter. lets all get behind this.
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Membership organisations rarely re-use member numbers so that means that over a period of time there have been over 3600 something different individual members.
So if New Mardi Gras started with new numbers that's quite a few but if they took over the membership list from the original organisation that's not so many.
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Wow, look at that! Someone with a well thought out, positive post AND they're prepared to back it up with their (I assume) real name!
Yay for you Peter! :D
Currently listening to: Sci-Fi Channel - Foxtel
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Re: The party
"Does the same apply to the Launch?"

No launch was great. It was just the party that sucked:)

"So if New Mardi Gras started with new numbers that's quite a few but if they took over the membership list from the original organisation that's not so many."

The membership numbers started again from 1 when New Mardi Gras took over.

"if more of us joined NMG and/or volunteered some time to help, how much more incredible it would be!"

Couldn't agree more. More members means a gayer party, less money spent on advertising, more funds from membership fees and ultimately gives Mardi Gras greater financial security. If you want a better party... if you want to make a difference then join up! It's only $45 (or $25 if you are 25 or under) and you can make that back by buying a couple of discounted party or festival tickets in any case.
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If NMG go back to making it a members only party (ie you have to be a member to buy a ticket) then and ONLY then will I re-join. Currently there is NO incentive to become a member. If only members are allowed to buy tickets then there's all the incentive in the world to be a member if you're into dance parties !
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Let's make it a members only party again!

But lets not go down the path of getting another member to vouch for your gayness!

I think showing a willingness to join the organisation should be enough! If the homophobic straight boys really want to come to the party make them join the organisation they are against!

And even if they only get 10,000 members and they each buy two member tickets thats enough to fill the party!
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Stop your Bitching and Do Something
Alot of people spend allot of time in this space putting allot of shit on NMG.

I ask one simple questions " WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ?" Take a hard long think about this and answer honestly and most of you will answer " Nothing"

So may I challenge you to

1. Become a NMG Member ( thats how NMG survives, yet most of you are not members)
2. Volunteer for a working group
3. Become involved in the community from the field and not the side lines

I get a little frustrated when people sit on the side lines and pull apart an organisation that is purely run on volunteers. Volunteers that give up many, many, many hours of there own time to put on the events so many like to sit and critise.
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I would love it to be a members only party again too, but I don't think that sits with MG's vision of acceptance... But don't let it stop you from becoming a member.
http://www.mardigras.org.au/internal.cfm?sub=Membership&nav=Membership
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Agree on membership etc and comments re Party

but.......................................

can some enlighten us as to what $'s go to subsidise something like Fair Day ? even Launch ? any other events ?

I'm all for the last few posts but I am also for no more free rides !
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"I'm all for the last few posts but I am also for no more free rides"

Free Rides ???

Didnt we all have enough opportunities for free rides at Toybox Luna park on Mardi Gras Sunday ;)
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The old Mardi Gras membership ended with old Mardi Gras.

New Mardi Gras had to start membership from scratch.
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Mardi Gras' future
Having just travelled out of the country I was disturbed to see an ad from 'Tourism Australia' in Newsweek which advertised the Mardi gras in Sydney but neglected to use the words Gay or Lesbian anywhere in the ad copy.Whilst New Mardi Gras org obviously has no control over this,I feel it is indicative of a move away from what the celebration was and should be.GAY AND LESBIAN SHOULD ALWAYS BE EMPHASISED.Yes to being inclusive,but not at the expense of the core group.
A GAY MAN - Replies: 1

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Thats strange ie the Gay part as if you visit their
website it clearly states Gay -

http://www.tourism.australia.com/wnews.asp?al=1097&lang=EN

and one paragraph states -

The colourful parade is a celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities that begins at Hyde Park and continues along Oxford St and Flinders St to Driver Ave, Moore Park.
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"I would love it to be a members only party again too, but I don't think that sits with MG's vision of acceptance... "


I'm not exactly sure how the NMG constitution works, but surely if a group of members want to make the purchase of party tickets 'members only' again, then they'd just need to get a resolution raised and voted on at the AGM to that effect?

Nothing corrects "vision" better than the will of the members ;-)
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"I'm not exactly sure how the NMG constitution works, but surely if a group of members want to make the purchase of party tickets 'members only' again, then they'd just need to get a resolution raised and voted on at the AGM to that effect?"

I think you'll find a resolution isn't needed. More members is what's needed and they'll be able to switch back to members only parties once a critical mass is achieved. I believe the number of members is growing but they need alot more before making any change.

So lets spread the word and get everyone we know to join up! :)
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Party photos!
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Ooooh party photos now up on the Mardi Gras website.

Check out the white sheets for yourself! :)

http://www.mardigras.org.au/item.cfm?id=178&nav=Mardi%20Gras%2007&sub=Party

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"can some enlighten us as to what $'s go to subsidise something like Fair Day ? even Launch ? any other events ?"

The money raised from the party doesn't go to subsidise the Launch, Fair Day and the Parade it goes completely to cover the costs of these events.

At the core of NMG is these events which are about exposing our community to the hundreds of thousands of people who line the parade route or attend Fair Day.

NMG chooses to keep these events free and has decided that to raise money for these events they will hold two dance parties a year.

So when you purchase your Party ticket your are attending a NMG fundraising event and you should always keep this in the back of your mind.

I have never ever heard of any non-profit organisation around the world whose mission it was run at cost dance parties for the benefit of its members! But if you know one let me know!
Currently listening to: KEEP FAIR DAY FREE!
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VERY COOL, I JUST WANNA RUN UP TO GEORGIE BOY AND GIVE HIM A BIG SMOOCHIE KISS :P
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Well if you are right that party $'s pay for all of those events.

THEN STOP THE FREE RIDE.

And why ? firstly I had a great Mardi Gras but there are a lot of posters complaining about production, lack of lighting. After about 20 MG's and Sleazes and seeing some of those lighting rigs in the Hordern and RHI and then compare to what we just had then you are endangering the parties by cutting down on their budgets.
Should numbers drop and drop and drop then there will not be enough $'s to support your free events.
We are not talking about buying tickets for these events etc but a bucket drop at the entrance of some gold coins or say $5 will help. If 70,000 people attended then and you got half to pay thats around $150,000 towards lighting and BRAD W just what kind of lighting could you do with that extra amount ????????

So reverse you type of thinking. If you dont keep the party people happy, then your free ride will come to an end if there are not enough $'s raised.

What is more annoying is when you ask people if they are going to NM or Sleaze and the comment is " Oh I'm over the parties , I only do Launch and Fair Day ".
I bet there are many posters here who have heard that line ?

So the Party people take care of you. Do you really feel like you dont owe them just a few $'s to throw in a bucket as you enter your free event ?

Opinions please ?
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And what will happen if you piss the party people off enough that numbers are so low there is not enough money made to have any free events.

Your viewpoint is very selfish.

I too thoroughly enjoyed myself at Mardi Gras and there is not much you can do in the way of lighting in Dome anyway but I used to go for a walk to the RHI and Hordern years ago and actually sit and watch the lighting rigs perform..... yes they performed. Very fond memories of those rigs and I can see peoples point of view that they miss them/want them and if other parties like Toybox raise the bar in regards to lighting/production and people choose these parties over any NMG event , then I dont see Toybox or any other party paying for your free Fair Day.
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Looks like one of the Polly's Dances at Marrickville Townhall to me.......Who left the washing out? Don't you know you were supposed to take it in before the guests arrived.....
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pinkboard
i love pinkboard. i love every single post that has got at least a little tiny whinge in it.
it makes me laugh, pinkboard makes my day. everyday.
MG is almost two weeks over - whinging isnt.

anyone has ever noticed this?
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roughly: 243 addresses - that means every person wrote aprox two messages here. how many attended MG ?
16, 17 or 18.000 ?

243 whingers against xx.xxx thousands?
get a life people. got nothing to do? watch dancing with the stars or celebrity dog school. walk your cat, feed your gold fish or pad your bf. or maybe not - stay here and keep me laughing.
ps: what are you wearing to MG 2008?
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Well I know my posts speak for 50 of my friends....I asked them all their opinion before I posted.....I know....I need to get a life!...here kitty kitty kitty....walkies!
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When's the Launch on Next year?
And where do I SMS to find the secret location? DOn't want to miss out again!!!
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You have got to be joking.

You have the right to criticize ? and no one else does ?

Truly you are the one who should go for a walk or should that be jump ?
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"get a life people. got nothing to do? watch dancing with the stars or celebrity dog school. walk your cat, feed your gold fish or pad your bf. or maybe not - stay here and keep me laughing."

Obviously you don't have a life either. :)
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pinkboard
ps: what are you wearing to MG 2008?
- Wed 14 Mar 2007 16:18:20

Well at LAST somebody's asked an important and very serious question.
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well i asked my 53.8 friends too (25.2 was not at home) and they all agreed with me. hows your cat?
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as long as the wall is open people will post ideas. No one mocks the positive ideas, only the negative - I think someone needs to learn how to take on criticism or stop claiming to be open to it (or get out of the game)
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The cat's had a good walk and time to think about all this....and....agrees with my posts as well!....thanks for asking.
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Is your's the pill popping cat from the Party Wall?
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no, Jgirl decided it was against animal rights. we dont talk about that cat anymore. Jgirl has got very sharp nails...be careful what you say.
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Money
I cannot help but reflect that Mardi Gras managed to organise walking ATM's in the parade, but couldn't secure more than one working ATM within the party footprint! ;-)

Seriously, it is a disappointment that sponsors are often promoted too much in completely the wrong way. Keep them out of the parade and protect its integrity! Besides, our community's a sophisticated and intelligent market. Show us some respect: sticking a bank or some chewing gum company on some dodgy over-commercial float in the parade really isn't going to work.

That said, I had a great season. Enjoyed the parade, party, launch, fair day (loved the pink flags) and other events! So thank you New Mardi Gras!
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