30th Anniversary Mardi Gras
It's here! Tonight we celebrate the opening of the of the Mardi Gras festival. Yay!
While I was not around for that first march in 1978, I have been around Mardi Gras for most of these last 30 years. This is a very important part of my year and my life. I celebrate the achievements of these last 30 years and drink to those who have put in the hard yards. Not just those who dedicate their time to The Parade or The Party, but also the political campaigners and lobbyists, the carers looking after our community members, the counsellors who listen to our worries and fears, the writers and educators teaching about acceptance, and everyone who has had the courage to come out. It is a long list to celebrate, but celebrate we will.
But we haven't got it all yet! We are waiting on the new federal government to reform 58 laws that discriminate against same sex couples. We are fighting in the ACT for the right to have a ceremony when we declare our relationship. We are battling homophobia and homophobic attacks on our home ground of Oxford Street.
Over the years I have marched, danced, skated and ridden in the parade with many different groups. These include New Tradition Dancers, Gay Skate, Pink Link, Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service, the award winning Spoofters, Black White and Pink, Boys on Bikes and even New Mardi Gras. Building a float or costume and taking it in front of those enormous crowds cheering is an amazing experience that indicates some small modicum of acceptance.
The festival is our opportunity to see events about us. Plays where we are portrayed as normal people doing normal things: like falling in and out of love, coping with family, work, dreams. Innovative theatre. Performances by the greats from around the world and from home. Exhibitions, some of them a bit rude. Sporting events to watch and participate in. And more! Too much to fit in these few short weeks.
Fair Day is one of those wonderful days when the whole community gets together. We pop over to this park and plop down our picnic blankets. From humble beginnings in Green Park we have outgrown Jubilee Park in Glebe and now fill Victoria Park.
Then after we have done all this we have a little party with 20,000 of our closest friends. This is The Party, not the after party as some seem to be calling it. The after parties come after The Parade and The Party. This is where we hug long lost friends and sweaty strangers and wish them a Happy Mardi Gras!

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I think this is my first first.
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Launch
Hi everyone,
Due to the uncertain weather conditions we are moving the Launch of this year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival to the Supper Club (Will and Toby's) on the 1st floor of the Oxford Hotel in Taylor Square starting at 5pm!

Come on down (but get there early to make sure you get your spot) and help kick off our 30th anniversary celebrations!

And for those of you who were looking forward to the tree planting. Never fear! Mardi Gras always has a plan B!
Currently listening to: I can't stop the rain - Missy Elliot
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No Retro
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No Hard

do you think ONJ could do a hard version of one of her songs ? Physical ?
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Oh please !

Yes Mardi Gras used to get 27,000 going. Why ?

because back then it was THE only major dance party. A lot of people seem to forget the very important factor.
People moan about the good old days when there was a party on at the Hordern almost every weekend. I have been doing them since mid 80's. You basically only had one type of music to dance to like you heard on the radio and Top 40 etc.

By end of the 80's other types of music diverged from all this like Trance born from House etc and so instead of there being 1 party on in all of Sydney you started to get a couple to choose from. This was in the straight and gay scene. By 90's you could easily have a dozen or more parties on each weekend which we still do. You just have to pick up mags like 3D plus the gay rags to see parties being advertised all with different styles and different sizes. The straight scene also started to do their own parties at Hordern then later at Homebush not to mention worldwide parties like Ministry of Sound and others visiting Sydney.

So the main reason Mardi Gras does not attract those huge numbers is not because NMG has not got their act right its because it all diversified nearly 20 years ago. Back then posters really moaned about the amount of straights and thats because we put on an awesome party ( and still do). But they now have their own to attend.

Raves are still going strong although smaller.

Oh and you will be surprised with your guess at 10,000 to the point you will be embarrassed you posted that.

Can you name one Government/TV series/Organisation etc
that has not had its Peaks and Troughs ? NMG was around the time MG collapsed but NMG each year has been getting better and better and the last few years my friends and I and other posters have commented how the parties are like those of old and this 30th is going to have the atmosphere of the ones that got 25,000 ! and you can quote me on that :)

So not its not dying a slow death.

Maybe it is time for you to call it a day though or at least calling it a day for your predictions.

This Party is going to prove you soooooooooooo WRONG.
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I'll be surpirsed if they get 10,000 this year and they'll still be selling ticket on the night

get ready to be surprised. they've already sold 16,000 tickets - this was a week ago. this party will be a sell out - make no mistake.
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from sydney opera house to will & tobys.... next year we will be launching MG here on pinkboard. :-( :-( :-( kinda sad.
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Even if MG shrunk to only two people
Trust me I'll be one of them.
Share a thought for those of us who aren't here anymore in the body.
I know that there spirits are.
I luv Mari Gras now and forever.
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ho hum: what's your source...?
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Oh please

What is it with today ? people got the grumps !

Wake up and look outside , its raining !

It could just as easily have rained on the Opera House steps. The Launch as been getting bigger each year and I have been going to them all but I looked at the weather predictions and knew I would not be attending as I think did the majority of others.
So yes its being moved indoors.

Its not NMG thats kinda sad.
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MG tickets
Bought my ticket last Tuesday numbered 9507.

16,000 is a complete frabrication, but considering there are no discounts at all (just $150/$120) and there are 3 weeks to go, expect a near record crowd and a sell-out.

There is a real buzz spreading about this party. Like the Olympics, it will be a one-of-a-kind experience.
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Blowing Whistles
We went to Blowing Whistles the other night at Belvoir downstairs. It was a great play. There were lots of funny lines. There was male nudity. It even made you think. Well worth seeing.
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Butterflies Of The Mughal Garden
And we are off to this play next week:

http://www.smh.com.au/news/arts/gay-bollywood-show-set-to-cause-a-stir/2008/02/08/1202234161642.html
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you are wrong on both counts.
using your ticket number as a guide to how many tickets have ben sold is the fabricaton.
there are ticket outlets all over australia who have had blocks of physical tickets allocated to them for a long time now. they have had number pre-allocated to them. there is no way you can tell by your number how many have been sold.
they sold 16000 two weeks ago. it will before the next three weeks is out.
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totally agree. the addition of the 2nd members space is just one example of how big this party is looking. 10,000 people, I wouldn't be surprised if they had already hit 10,000 and are heading towards 20,000.
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The Wall
Hey Panther -

Really enjoyed the intro you wrote for this wall. That's what it's all about!

Happy Mardi Gras!!!
Currently listening to: If - Freemasons, feat. Hazel Fernandez
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30th anniversary on ninemsn
"Sydney Mardi Gras celebrates 30 years
Saturday Feb 9 21:40 AEDT
It was hugs and kisses, six foot drag queens and backslapping all around to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the launch of this year's festival.

Rain on Saturday afternoon forced the event indoors but it did not deter more than 100 happy supporters who attended the celebration at Darlinghurst - the inner-city birthplace of the once controversial parade. ....

Olivia Newton-John will be among the performers at the party following the parade on March 1.

For tickets to the party and information about all of the Mardi Gras events, people can visit www.mardigras.org.au"

Was it truly neccessary to promote the party via ninemsn??

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=229459
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Not everyone lives in a 100% gay world my friend.

Shock horror some of us do use ninemsn !
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I guess ninemsn is a news site after all...

Gosh cheer up people - the 30th Anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival has started! Get out there and enjoy and while you are just think about this...

Mardi Gras started as a protest at a time when homosexuality was illegal and gays and lesbians did not have equal rights. While many laws have changed there are still 58 federal laws that discriminate against us.

The celebration that is Mardi Gras is put together by thousands of volunteers who give up their time throughout the year to ensure the events are the best possible. Sure there are ticket sales and sponsorship dollars but all things going well these just cover the running costs. The engine room of the events are the volunteers who control and execute everything including the budgets, marketing, logistics, scenery, entertainment and on it goes. Fu*k even ONG is only doing it for a donation to her charity.

Mardi Gras would not occur if these volunteers did not have the passion to give up a day, a week, often time equaling months of their year to make it happen. This passion started from a protest march and has continued for 30 years...

So cheer up and enjoy a celebration built from love. All the volunteers ask of you is one thing... just bring your smiling face!

:)
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What's with the unhappy faces in the countdown today? It can't be the rain. Some of us love it (though not on the parade or party please God).
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HOGs want to be in the parade
The Illawarra chapter of HOG, the Harley Owners Group, has been given approval to enter 20 motorbikes, with up to 50 people, in the Sydney parade on March 2.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/the-straight-debate/2008/02/09/1202234227442.html
Currently listening to: Leader of the Pack - Julian Clary
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i don't think we need HOGs. I'm glad they're wanting to 'show their support'... but really, do we need them in the parade? whaddya reckon?
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hear! hear!
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i suggest you go and read the parade entry kit.

i can not believe that people are suggesting that we would not allow straight people to march in the parade. What have you got against the HOGS? Anything in particular or just the fact that their straight bikies.

shall we get rid of the firies float? the coppers? the ministers who are marching to apologise?

read the guidelines people. I can't believe that you're suggesting that the parade of all things should discriminate AGAINST people who support us.
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"the ministers who are marching to apologise?"

There are Ministers marching to apologise? Which ones?
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http://sxnews.e-p.net.au/news/ministers-say-sorry-to-gay-community-2330.html
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"the once controversial parade."

I found that statement interesting.

Now that it is not controversial in the eyes of str8 media... whats the point of us having it if they just see it now as pure entertainment.
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"The gay and lesbian Mardi Gras is an example of the gay community doing itself no favours, Labor Senator Jacinta Collins said.
She added that on some occasions people were called “homophobic” when actually they were just showing good sense."
She said homosexuality must never be allowed to become equal.
Collins told the Senate the gay community needed to exercise “care and concern” to present itself as acceptable. 2004
http://www.ssonet.com.au/archives/display.asp?articleID=4222
"her new term beginning on 1 July 2008." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacinta_Collins
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if we let the hogs in why not the straights
since the hogs bikies are joining our parade , why not let the people who run all the straight niteclubs in oxford street have a float , the can man the float and throw insults at all the gays up oxford street, and when they finnaly arrive at the glamm stand beat up all the gay tourists. what a wonderful mardi gras !!!
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Surely people and groups wanting to participate in the parade will support gays and lesbians. Let's be open to all the support on offer. How can we ask for support and then refuse it? We want to be part of the wider community. And we are - more and more. Let's give thanks for that!
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CORPUS CHRISTI
If you see one MG Festival event this year make sure it's Corpus Christi. A contemporary story of Christ but he's not a Jew, he's born in Texas and he's gay and so are the 12 diciples. I've seen some crappy Festival stuff over the years but I can not rave about this play enouogh - truly brilliant, well acted and the guy that plays Christ has an amazing 6 pack. A must see.
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Think again marching girl.

The original march was against discrimination. Now you want to discriminate against them ?

Good luck to them and let them march.

I cant beleive you would want to knock back a group that supports us !

Have a look at who already marches - politicians, police etc and gee they are not all gay but the police get one of the biggest cheers !
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So, the Mardi Gras IS still controversial! Yipee. Thanks Jacinta!
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Oh please.

Its people like you that cause discrimination.

The nightclub owners as far as I know have never stated their support for Mardi Gras.

The HOGS have. The POLICE have. Some POLITICIANS have and they march and rightly so.

Seems wet weekends are real downers for some.
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"The HOGS have. The POLICE have. Some POLITICIANS have and they march and rightly so."

Well said. :-)
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Trance in the Horden
YAY FOR TRANCE, cant wait...
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Thanks.

This really gets up my nose ie reverse discrimination.

Not saying you have to like it ! mind you.

Just cannot do it nowadays otherwise the media will roast you for it.

Anyway I'm all for them and any other group that supports
and I forgot the most important group and thats the group of Parents who march.
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blaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. (Panther please let this one go through). I was wanting a discussion, not abuse. Why bother. I don't know. Won't do it again - thanks for your mature and thoughtful posts.
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There's no such thing as 'reverse discrimination' (i think that's a good ole Pauline Hansonism... as was 'reverse racism'). Discrimination is the same both ways. Thought we might have some discussion on this - was referring to the HOGS being a group of over 50 quite large and dominating - who, by the way, the DOB have welcomed into the parade. Just wanted a chat, but no, too hard. Got abuse instead. Sigh.
PS just what IS a pancake head?
Currently listening to: Serious Young Insects
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Showtime Buzz
heard from a reasonable source that Sinead O'connor will be doing a show...

I'm seeing her anyway mid march, but she would be amazing for the show.
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Ummmmmmmmmmm no one has abused you.
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But she is straight !
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As opposed to the DOB who are 250 in number and fade into the background in such a quiet and understated fashion. :-)

Anything that makes the parade bigger and brasher is okay in my book.

As for the abuse comment? I don't think you've been abused. I don't think you framed your original post very well if you were discussing just the size and loudness of the float.

People disagreeing with you is not abuse.
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No she is gay...
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The show will commence at ????
The latest DIVA Newsletter has dished up a serving of gossip regarding the "I Am What I Am" drag production show at Mardi Gras.

The newsletter even told us what time to expect the show! Naughty, Naughty, Naughty...... but honestly does New Mardi Gras expect a few million drag queens to keep the showtime a secret?

Now where did I put my Size 14 Manolo Blahnik's?
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Wouldnt mind seeing that show Laserboy

so what time ?????????????????????????????????????
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DJ request
If we're going to have a few hits'n'memories in the RHI, can we please have "You Spin Me Round" by Dead or Alive, pretty please.
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Yeah, come on Laserboy - spill the beans. I reckon 12pm.
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very true
Pet shop boys performing at the party 2008.
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christine W performing with the Pet shop boys
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Hmmm 16,000 sounds exaggerated to me.
The main source of buying tickets across Australia is Ticketek. What outlets do you know of sell block of physical tickets besides Ticketek? And besides, if they are sold at different outlets, how on earth do you know the total sold so far is 16,000?
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16,000 - no problem in my view. Lots of friends who haven't partied for years are coming for this special one. There will be lots of 50+ people who'll give the party a very mellow, welcoming feel. And I do sincerely believe the Pet Shop Boys will be heading to Sydney on Qantas in 2 weeks time. My belief beams are radiating out there!
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blow ins
IMHO, I'm not sure the parade should have the HOGs and purely commercial floats like the TripleM float of last year. I think it should be all community and protest groups. Of course they could have sponsership, but the main message of the floats should not be about buying some product.

The Dykes on Bikes should definately continue leading the parade, since they start up the excitment of the crowd and also it's safer to have them up front than stuck between other floats.
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don't let the folks make you feel bad.. your discussion was valid and you asked a simple question.

it is certainly very possible a group would walk in the parade and use the space to create a negative view of gays (for about 100m until everyone boo's them off the street).

nonetheless i think the other posters have pointed that perhaps these dominating men are on our side, and in the light of all the tension lately, it is nice to know we have some friends in Illawarra. perhaps some of these bikers are also gay? we'll see
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Rumours
I predict around 20,000 will be there, unless some of the secret headline acts get announced soon.

A rumour in 3D world is Martha Wash from Weathergirls (and C+C music factory) is in Brisbane the week after MardiGras and could be in Sydney for MardiGras.
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Hogs at the Parade.
First I don't know what a Hog is - sorry :-)
The Parade was born as a platform to promote gay and lesbian visibility. It is not a vehicle in my view by which any one who wants a bit of self promotion or publicity should be able to take part in. Participants who are not members of the gay and lesbian community should only be permitted to march if they have a demonstrated history of supporting our communtiy.... That's all.
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sleazy night
Hi all,

I will love to see everyone happy on the dancefloor. Sleazy and to get a few phone numbers.Please show me a sign.
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great party
INTERNATIONAL BOYS/GIRLS WELCOME TO SYDNEY
WE ARE HOT AND READY TO PARTY HARD
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In that case Fireman Sam
the Parents cant march
the Police cant march
the Politicians cant march

even some of the Dykes on Bikes have said its OK by them for the HOGS to be in the Parade and others disagree.

The dykes on bikes will lead the parade there is no problem there.

If they are part of the community , have gay members ,
support our community just like the Police and Parents etc then they can march.
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I think this year form what I have hear commercial entries have been toned down to almost non existence, and they have to show why they want to march. No more cash cows, but actual support for our community.

Which, by the way, is what the HOGS wanted to show.

As for party... I can't wait to get to the RHI and stay there as long as I can... though I have been known to be a bit of a wanderer when I'm... *cough* not quite sober

Also known to be a bit of a tart to be honest.
Currently listening to: Worst Pies In London - Helena Bonham Carter
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my discussions with mardi gras
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This years Mardi Gras will be sold out that a definate.
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Well said NQAI.
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maybe it's the way they 'frame their posts'. Never mind. it was just a discussion. Forget it.
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quite right. We'll see! thanks for the post.
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Martha Wash would be fantastic! And if the PSB were to turn up... glad i got my ticket!
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good - oh.
Good also to hear about the commercial floats being toned down. Didn't enjoy the radio station efforts....
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Deborah Cox - Closing Show
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ABSOLUTELY NOT! its michael jackson.
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If you tell us the show times, we promise it to keep it to ourselves! Honestly!
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how do you know?
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but you forget marchinggirl

not all of us live a 100% gay life centred only on Oxford St or the likes.

Some of us actually listen to commercial radio stations and other non-gay stores/cafes/venues.

But the parade was getting a tad long. Just dont whinge about any part of the weekend being up to the usual values cause there wasnt enough $'s.
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Yes, i am aware of that you know. I actually live a long, long way from Oxford St, and work in commercial tv!!!! I'm not a "gay ghetto" resident by any means... I know some of us like to listen.... blah blah blah blah BLAH!!!!!!

you know what? as I said yesterday, forget it.

Perhaps we'll just get back to talking about the things we're looking forward to, and not the things we don't particularly agree with. The parade and party are so close now - I'm looking forward to the night.
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sounds good to me marchinggirl.

You dont like the responses you are getting to your posts and you wont ever agree to them nor will posters agree to your point of view so lets not spoil this wall any longer with personal beliefs.

Moving on.........................


I cant wait for that 2am'ish walk outside around all the Halls with everyone heading in different directions, sitting down along the fences, perving etc
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Fair Day line-up
Main Stage


10.00am Morning host - Penny Clifford
10.05am DJ - GI Jodie


11.00am Brett Every Band
11.20am Slippery When Wet Fashion Parade
11.40am Welcome to Country
11.45am New Mardi Gras President - Marcus Bourget
11.50am Sydney City Lord Mayor - Clover Moore


12.00pm Host - Maxi Shield
12.05pm Cosima De Vito
12.15pm SheIsThe Band
12.40pm Sandy Bottom


1.00pm Dread Circus
1.30pm NSW Police Band


2.00pm Afternoon Host - Shauna Jensen
2.10pm SONiA & Disappear Fear
2.30pm Ray Issac
2.45pm Sea of Hearts - Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
2.55pm Shimtastic


3.00pm Peyton
3.20pm Robby Antonio & dancers
3.35pm Reel Sessions


4.00pm Afternoon Host
4.00pm Disco Diva "Maxine Nightingale"
4.10pm Aussie Pole Boys
4.20pm Mr & Miss Fair Day 2008 presented by the Drag Industry Diva Awards - DIVA


5.00pm Melissa Tkautz
5.15pm Doggywood 2008 sponsored by Advance Pet Food "Best In Show"
5.30pm Brecik
5.45pm Kate Alexa


6.00pm J Bear - Mr Manacle
6.20pm ARQ DIVA's
6.30pm DJ - Jimmy Dee

Broadway Stage

10.30am Sydney Homotones

11.15am Butterflies of the Mughal Garden
11.30am Break for speeches on main stage

12.00pm David Watkins
12.30pm Kate Duffy

1.00pm Martyn Badoui
1.30pm Amy Firth

2.00pm Glacier Girls
2.00pm Legless

3.30pm Kylie Fisher

4.00pm Maxine Kaulter
4.30pm Glace Chase
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ahhh .. a shameless last worder!
I did have a few agreements from folks actually.... and i do like a lot of the (fairer minded) poster's thoughts - and agree with them. best not to carry on, sunshine.
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Official Fair Day After Party

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Ages ago the Midnight Shift advertised that Martha Wash was doing a show in their club too over Mardi Gras, I wonder if she is doing both....or any?
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happy mardi gras !
A message to the Mardi Gras haters out there


Just until March 2nd could you please take your bile elsewhere? We're trying to celebrate here.

Thanks very much.
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Short Story Comp
Last night was the Mardi Gras Short Story Competition. Even though the attendance was smaller than last year, it was a great night. "Sweet Treats at the CWA" was great fun and deserving of the prize. The youth prize winner "The Parking Lot" was poignant. The rest of the stories read out were also great. You can read them all on http://www.gay-ebooks.com.au/
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Sol y Luna
There is a Q&A about Sol y Luna on the Mardi Gras site:
http://www.mardigras.org.au/calendar_detail.cfm?id=153

I'm planning on dancing at least part of the evening, not lying back watching sultry boys. Looking forward to it.
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And the winners are… Stryker and DJ Toi!!
We LOVE providing up and coming DJ’s with a platform to boost their skills, experience and profile and there’s no profile quite like the Mardi Gras Party.

The winners of the DJ Spin Off are Stryker and DJ Toi. Stryker is a loud and proud gay boy, Sydney born and bred. He's been seriously DJ'ing since 2000 and has done everything from friends' birthday parties to fill-in spots at the Midnight Shift, as well as holding his own Kamp Kristmas parties twice a year. Stryker will play his own brand of funky vocal house with a focus on cool basslines, with a brief detour into darker waters in his winning set in the Forecourt.

DJ Toi started out in bands playing everything from classical to heavy metal and settled into DJ'ing regularly in 2005. She's played at Sydney venues including Yu, Candy's Apartment and Middle Bar so far. Get ready for a smooth mixture of tech house, hip hop and sexy electro when DJ Toi hits the decks at Party.
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Chris Crocker is a legend.
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'haters' - is such a 2 years ago word! (and if you're trying to celebrate - write it here!!!! come on join in! )
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oh get involved!
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SIXTEEN BARELY LEGAL DAYS TO GO :)
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He has beautiful eyes.
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"He has beautiful eyes"

Why thank you, how sweet of you to notice.
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Jeremy Brennan & King Casual Live At Will & Tobys Supper Club




Jeremy Brennan and his dirty pop collective King Casual are playing a one night only Mardi Gras Festival showcase at Will & Toby's Supper Club on Tuesday 26th Feb, fusing pop, ska, blues, and UK Soul blend to create a modern sound not dissimilar to the vein of Young Disciples, Driz-a-bone, Madness, Incognito, BNH and the Soul Family Sensation.

Fronted by keys player Jeremy Brennan, the band's freight train grooves and laid back styles have earned them a reputation for tight, punchy live sets powered by Brennan's remarkable voice - even prompting one reviewer to cry "Dayum, this man can sing!"

Regulars on the Sydney party scene, King Casual gig highlights include private parties for myspace and QANTAS, as well as playing last year's Mardi Gras Dance Party and appearances up and down the east coast of Australia. Most recently Jeremy and his band have been supporting rising star Courtney Act for her series of DIVA Award winning shows.



They also recently celebrated the launch of their debut album Actionality. One of the tracks "I'll Never Weather" is featured on an American compilation CD Artists against Cancer which has just been released through iTunes.




And if you haven't heard enough of Jeremy Brennan, keep an ear out for the new Snooze 'Mad World' TV commercial's - you'll hear him in one of his quieter moments singing the theme



www.myspace.com/kingcasualmusic
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I like the cut of your jib, marchinggirl. Keep up the good work! Keep 'em on their toes!!
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Jeremy's brilliant! go see him!

(and thanks for the support, 12.45.52!!)
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FAIR DAY
Well looks like the weather will be perfect for a picnic in the park @ Fair Day on Sunday. A mild 24c and hopefully no rain.

Nice to see Mardi Gras advertising for a small $5-00 donation on entry - will go a long way towards paying for the cost of putting this great day on.
Currently listening to: My dog whinging as I dye him pink......
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The world is coming to Harbour Party
From yesterdays Mardi Gras email...

The world’s sexiest boys and girls are coming to Mardi Gras’ Harbour Party with tickets sold in over 22 nations including the USA, France, Netherlands, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, Switzerland, Ireland, Spain and Italy to name just a few. With international sales at an all time high there isn't much time left to get in on the action!

And in a magical coincidence the grandest ocean liners in the world, the QE2 will meet her luxurious sister ship Queen Victoria in an historic royal rendezvous on the harbour at 6.30pm. It will be Queen Victoria’s first visit to Sydney and QE2’s final call – 30 years to the day since her maiden visit. Sydney Harbour will come alive with a flotilla of small boats and pleasure craft as these two Queens greet each other with a ‘Whistle Salute’ using their signalling horns that can be heard over 16 kilometres away.

With the best venue in the world for a party you can expect a thousand and one surprises as your DJ’s Scott Pullen, Kate Monroe, Jayson Forbes, Alex Taylor, GI Jode and Shakedown take you on a magical journey. This will be a fabulous harbourside celebration not to be missed so grab your tickets now!

To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au or phone 132 849. New Mardi Gras Members are able to purchase up to 2 tickets at the discounted price of $100 each. To purchase your special priced members tickets, either flash your membership card at your local Ticketek agency or phone Ticketek directly and quote your membership number. International members wishing to purchase tickets please call international calling code then 61 then 132 849.
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Maxine Nightingale
Party closer!! woohoo form a reliable source!!
xxx
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Her website says she playing Rooty Hill RSL that night!

Who the hell is she anyway???
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wonder who'll be first to whinge about the five bucks? not me, i reckon it would still be the cheapest and best day out in sydney at ten times that. hope it stays sunny!
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WELL DONE NMG!
Just wanted to congratulate NMG on what is proving to be a great festival vibe. Cabaret Decadanse was awesome i recommend you get to it and the Tap Gallery exhibition is inspiring and fresh,The Fabulous Punch and Judy show,WOW! You have all done a great job i commend you on bringing the diversity and love back into Mardi Gras.I cant wait for the party, i can feel its going to be full of love and pure joy,great entertainment and the beginning of new adventures.
Thank you to all at Mardi Gras.
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*** IT'S RAINING MEN ***
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Let’s get soaking wet with four seasons in one day!

The annual Mardi Gras Pool Party is tomorrow, Saturday 16 February, from 7:00pm.

The Pool Party will continue with rain, hail or shine, which makes it THE best outdoor event? With 1600 boys and girls in itsy bitsy teeny weeny swimwear, you can be sure it will leave you hot, wet and up for more.

Entertainment on the night takes a twist with a special “Slippery When Wet” Fashion swimwear parade produced by the amazing Lenya Jones using fashion provided by Aussie Boys, SOS and Beach Shack. MC’d by the delightful Tora Hymen think hot guys and girls doing a choreographed number to sexy tunes in some equally sexy swimwear, and just when you think it can’t possible get any hotter, we have the Gaydar Boys at their Gaydar stall with the inimitable Portia Turbo trying to get them to (mis)behave. To get your toes tapping and your Speedo’s shaking, we have Luke Leal (Arq) and Sista P (Bitch) guiding us from sunset into the midnight hour.

There are hot showers available, food and a toddlers’ pool with fountain water feature and surrounded by a wet-deck covering, so let’s get wet under the cover.

Cloak check will be onsite so people can continue their partying, so grab your towels and head down to Victoria Park Pool for a night of literally good clean and chewing gum free fun.

More details on the Pool facilities are: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Residents/SwimmingPools/VictoriaParkPool.asp

Tickets are still available through www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849

Tickets: $40/$35 (members)

Please note this event is alcohol, glass and gum free.



http://www.mardigras.org.au/calendar_detail.cfm?id=151
Currently listening to: It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
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Mardi Gras membership
From the Mardi Gras email. Great to see so many people joining...

We’d like to welcome the thousands of new members of New Mardi Gras. Over the past few months the number of members has more than doubled with international members increasing by an amazing 440%. Enjoy Mardi Gras 2008 and we hope to see you this weekend at Pool Party and Fair Day!
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Final details of Harbour Party just announced!
Final details just realeased on the Mardi gras website. Looks like everyone got their wish re a wooden dance floor and a cover over it! Well done Mardi Gras!

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With just over a week to go until Sol y Luna - Mardi Gras’ Harbour Party, New Mardi Gras are excited to announce two more of Sydney’s legendary DJs to the line-up; it’s not too late to add another sexy, summer night to your season calendar.

Get there early, enjoy a cocktail on the deck, and then witness the spectacular royal rendezvous of the QEII and Queen Victoria at 6.30pm and the ‘blowing of the horns’. From there glide onto the dance floor and shimmy away to GI Jode and Alex Taylor who join Scott Pullen, Kate Monroe and Jayson Forbes at the decks.

Whilst the forecast for the day is set to be the sultry summer weather we have all been missing of late, New Mardi Gras are pleased to announce that the timber dance floor will have a partial overhead cover, so come showers or sunshine you will be able to enjoy the party.

The crowd is set to be one of the most diverse that we’ve ever seen, with international sales at an all time high. Sydneysiders – you don’t want to miss out.

It’s on, it’s selling fast and it’s going to be the best in years. It’s Mardi Gras’ first year producing one of the city’s most iconic parties; sultry summer sounds, some of the world’s sexiest boys and girls plus the most stunning Sydney vista and scenery - it is sure to be one
of this season’s highlights.

Event details
Name – Sol y Luna - Mardi Gras’ Harbour Party
Date – Sunday 24 February 3pm – 11pm
Location – Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney
DJs – Scott Pullen, GI Jode, Kate Monroe, Alex Taylor and Jayson Forbes
Tickets – $120 General, $100 New Mardi Gras Members + Concessions available from
www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849
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Film Festival OPening
Anyone go to the film festival opening? Great movies, horrible venue! Hopefully they'll go to another one next year.
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TWO WEEKS TO GO .... ONE , TWO ... THAT IS ALL ... TWO WEEKS TO GO --------> Exciting !!!
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I was very disappointed with the films this year. Not up to previous standards. But maybe if the sound allowed me to actually hear what the characters were saying it could have been different. Even the picture wasn't very clear.
Currently listening to: Nothing Yet - Too Early
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Butterflies of the Mughal Garden
On the other hand, Butterflies of the Mughal Garden was fantastic. I felt like I was in a Bollywood production. This is well worth seeing, these guys have put their heart and soul in to this production and it shows!
Currently listening to: Still Nothing
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BushDance cancelled
The Southern Cross Outdoors Group has been forced to cancel the 2008 Mardi Gras BushDance.

The original venue of Marrickville Town Hall became unavailable after the Marrickville library was damaged by a flood. The contents of the library have been moved upstairs into the Town Hall while water damage is repaired and new carpets laid.

A suitable replacement venue could not be found.

Needless to say we are very distressed about this for many reasons, especially at this point when you have put work into organising your group.

All we can say is how sorry we are for the inconvenience.

We have a firm booking for the Winter BushDance to be held at Marrickville Town Hall on July 25 and truly hope that you will be able to be there.
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There was a little accident with Ticketek yesterday who closed the sales for the 2008 Mardi Gras Pool Party..

Online tickets are now available...but be quick, as there's around 200 left...

And the sun is shining upon us.... it's going to be a great night!

See you there!


Currently listening to: Let's get soaking wet...
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Donno about diverse crowd but certainly a very straight one. Why is MG marketing the Harbour Party in the straight press? Are they so desperate to sell tickets they're selling out the integrity of the event.
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Fair Day
Fair Day is strictly licensed only. No BYO will be permitted. Do not try to bring your own alcoholic drinks.

Also they will be asking for a $5 donation from everyone. Last year apparently they averaged 10c donation per person. They appear to have erected barriers around the park. Presumably to help enforce both of these.

I support both of these moves. It costs a lot of money to put Fair Day on. They need to recoup some of these costs from the participants. $5 isn't much. Last year the bar prices were reasonable.

More details on http://www.mardigras.org.au/internal.cfm?sub=Fair%20Day&nav=Mardi%20Gras%2008#More%20about%20Fair%20Day
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"selling out the integrity of the event?"

do tell. and what straight press are you talking about?
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forum line up change
gaspar & cotsis = out
mark murphy = in
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pool party
sista p and luke leal were fn at Pool Party last night. looking forward to a fun fair day today:) sun please Mr/Miss Weather!
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Mardi Gras is really here now with Fairday on today.
Looks like a good day for Fairday today - not too hot, not too cold - just right!!! Lets just hope the rain stays away.

See you all there with your happy faces on and don't forget your $5 donation on entry to help towards NMG putting on this fabulous day. One of many Mardi Gras highlights.
Currently listening to: Come Out Everybody - Zrazy
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I know people are probably going to bitch at me for this, but seriously guys NOTHING is for free and it costs stacks of money to hold Mardi Gras. If everybody donated $5 it would go a very long way.

$5 is the same price for a beer, so have 1 less drinks if thats what it means and support a worthy cause that we all want to continue.

Happy fairday people!!!
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Fair Day
Just back from Fair Day. Huge crowd this year, it seemed! Didn't mind handing over the $5 - all good. The Pride History Project graffiti wall was a great idea - lots of people stopped by to record when they experienced their first Mardi Gras, their first same-sex snog, their first e, etc, etc. Great reading!
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Had a good time at Fair Day. Glad to donate the $5. The beer choice was crap, it tasted like water. Looking forward to Harbor Party.
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Fair Day
Fair Day had a huge crowd.

Although it was fun I spent a good chunk of my time standing line line to buy drinks, go to the toilet and to get into things like the bitch tent.
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cant believe that Annabelle and Bill wanted out of mardi gras party, all the DJ's I know who didn't get selected are gutted/upset that they didnt get picked. to get chosen then pull out? whats going on? glad mark is in though.
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"cant believe that Annabelle and Bill wanted out of mardi gras party, all the DJ's I know who didn't get selected are gutted/upset that they didnt get picked."

I'd say the two that pulled out were probably promised something and then NMG failed to deliver. Happens all the time. You'd be very surprised how many DJ's over the years have been selected by Mardi Gras only to decline based on numerous issues. Pay rates, Equipment brands/models to be used, time slots allocated to a DJ, and the other DJ's you would have to work with in the same space on the night are four of the more common issues over the years that have resulted in DJ's deciding it wasnt worth the effort to agree to play.
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Fair Day
Thanks to everyone involoved, we had a fantastic day. Lov
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Fair Day
Can I just say i disagree with Mardi Gras calling yesterday day in the park 'Fair Day', becasue I feel nothing like fair today... ouch my head hurts :(

Awesome day guys, well done to the whole crew involved!!

BTW agree with the beers, they were crap, but we switched to bicardi and that was fine...

ENJOY!!
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Fair day was great - agree that the beer was awful. I noted about a dozen at least people just charging in at the gate without paying - they didn't seem to notice the collection buckets - or didn't care. Hard to tell.
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Interested to hear how much $ they made from the donations, it would be nice to think that it made a HUGE difference...
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They said to me when I was paying my $5 " For a Free
Fair Day next year" ?????????????

why next year ? will there be another avenue of $'s coming in ?

I think its fair to be donating $5. I was one of the first suggesting this ages ago when we had cut down parties etc and got up my nose about subsidising free events. Fair enough if the corporate sponsors there pay enough to make it free but not to suck money out of any other areas.

Wonder if those barging through did notice but just wanted their free events and as not compulory, didnt want to pay ?

If just a third paid it could be close to what $100,000 ?

Maybe they should charge $5 entry and then allow byo if the beer was crap as others described ? then the entrance fee could be up around $300,000 to $400, 000 if it attracts 60,000.
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Thank you Fair Day.....
What a fantastic day, thank you so much to all the vollies, the entertainers, and most of to the working group for ptting on such a great day.

Hamiltons bars only had 20% of the staff turn up so thats why the queues were so manic, thats what the chick on the ars said......

I really hope they took in lots of $$ and everyone appreciated such a great free event.

Thank you Mardi Gras you rock
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surely those things are sorted out WAY before the names are billed on the poster, therefore if there is an issue about any of those points, the agreement to play would not have been made in the first place. sounds strange to me. have bill and annabelle actually pulled out? has it been announced officially?
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OMG I had THE BEST weekend. Pool Party was a hoot - but I seriously need to get to the gym! Fair Day knocked my socks off! Maybe THE BEST yet?! Thank you New Mardi Gras for putting these on, and THANK YOU to all those zillions of volunteers, you were FABULOUS. I didn't mind being asked for the donation, not even the third time!!! The last guy was a real salesman and talked me into another $5 but it was worth it! I did see some people saying no to donating - you were the only disappointment at Fair Day and I hope if you come next year you give then.
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don't know how they can justify asking us for money to walk into a public park. bit offensive really. don't they make enough out of there overpriced booze?
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Saying no !

I wonder what those people expect ?

This is what aggravates me. They want the Festival and all its associated fun but dont want to hand over $5.
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Well i am sure that you wouldnt be missed if you never came again good community spirit there.
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Member Parade Viewing Area
Got the email about tickets being released today from 9am. Got to Ticketek's office with my membership card at 10:25am. Tickets were sold out. Not impressed.
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I got my email on Friday I think from memory. Lined up at the Enmore this morning to get them behind about 10 or 15 other people.... very exciting indeed! Even the Members' Viewing Area is going to go off this year. Woohoo! Exciting, exciting, exciting!! :D
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i couldn't get them either. went to the ticketek shop in park street at lunchtime and they said people were lined up outside to buy them this morning and that it was sold out in an hour. oh well, better dust off the milk crate!
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I was one of the volunteer collectors and when I went to the briefing last week and the director told us about asking for donations and why we needed to do it it made total sense.

First thing I did when I got my bucket was put $10 in it.

Support Fair Day! Support Mardi Gras!
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I also missed out on member's parade viewing area tickets - I got to Ticketek at 10 am and it was too late. I was surprised cause I had no problems getting tickets last year. Does anyone know whether the size of the viewing area is the same this year? Or has it been made smaller?
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the huge history banner you could write your message on was a beautiful idea. hope it goes on permanant display somewhere public.
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Yeh the DJs were good but the sound quality was shocking. Sounded like the speakers were blown.
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Why not watch the parade from the BGF's Glamstand?

http://www.bgf.org.au/4_4_glamstand.html


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just got home from fair day and im still buzzing from the great vibe in the bitch tent.
id like to thank to all the performers, kyla, michael and his wife, irene, renae, chip and sista p who rocked it! (sorry if i forgot someone)
all these people proved once again that a party can be enjoyed without any cheese, divas or cheesy divas.
everyone was smiling, friendly. guys and girls were mixing well.
thank you MG for putting on such a great event.
these kind of events cost so much - i dont understand what is this $5 whinging about. i wouldnt mind paying much more if i had to.
see you at the harbour party.
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In the lead up to the 30th NMG has had a significant increase in members. This resulted in them releasing two tickets per member. I heard that they sold the same number of tickets this year, which sold out in record time.

This event has sold out every year as its a great spot to watch the parade and a fantastic event in its own right with DJs, entertainment and a fun GLBTQ crowd.
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Harbour Party
Apparently Cyndi Lauper is dropping in to Harbour Party. I don't know if it's for a show or she's going to party. Trying to find out more.
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How very shortsighted...how can they justify asking for money to go into a public park?????

It is a public park but the 100+ entertainers, the 200 stalls the dog shows the dance tent, and the 100s of vollie hours put into staging such an event......they have every right to ask for a donaton if not actually charge $5 per person.

It was the best Fairday i have ever been to and it really angers me to think people dont see it as fantastic value for money.

I was a volie yesterday and it was an honour to work with such an amazing group of real hardworking guys and girls who instead of 'bitching' get up and do something for the community.

See you next year, and thank you Mardi Gras.

Bec
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If your issue is about wanting to use a public park without paying, there were dozens of options other than Victoria Park available yesterday. If you think it's "offensive" to be invited to support NMG, don't. Just spare us the tight-arsed details.
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My Fair Day
I had the best time this year. I always have but something was different this year. I think it was the attitude of the crowd. A big thank you to all involved but I really think it was the crowd who made it special. People were so into it and all having a great time.

I only had $3 when I went through the gate and planned to go back and donate some more when I got change but never made it. I got so caught up in all the fun I forgot. I did spend an awful lot of money at the cocktail bar so I hope some of that makes its way back to MG. Those cocktails were so yummy! They were also better value I think even though they cost a bit more plus the queue was always shorter!
Currently listening to: Read My Lips - Melissa Tkautz
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hope they put one up at party too!
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Do you really think the money made from the booze could possibly pay for Fair Day ?

You are way out of touch if you do.

It was $5 not $50 and normally in a public park you get grass, trees and a park bench.

At Fair Day you got entertainment, huge array of tents showing their wares, booze and food and just a great atmosphere.

Far as I'm concerned the free ride stops. If an event cannot break even or better still contribute $'s then it finishes.

Show some community spirit please.
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Fair Day
Well done to the organisers for a brilliant fair day! It was actually good to see the queues for drinks, bitch tent etc. because it means the community was out in force to support the event. We planned our day expecting the queues so we weren't disappointed. And the volunteers we met just added to the vibe of the day - well done and thanks. It was the best organised and most enjoyable fair day ever. And yes, we paid much more than the $5 as a donation and would again.

The only sour note was the unfortunate behaviour of some of the punters in the bitch venue...making the remainder of your community worried about being verbally abused and physically attacked is not good form, girls. Very unexpected, and it was a few groups causing issues inside that venue. We noticed security moved on this quickly however we ended up leaving early and so quite a few other patrons who were concerned with this. Not cool and not in the MG spirit.
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not to mention the costs of permits, licenses, power, public liability insurance, and the many, many other hidden costs that go into putting on a public event for everyone's enjoyment. give me a break - $5 is nothing for what we all get out of this event and its nothing compared to the man hours that are needed to stage and event like this. i think bitching over $5 is really low actually...
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maybe it could be a big slip-n-slide with trough-monster at the bottom.
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I was only at Fair day for a little while. I had a busy day. Mainly went to buy the new Ruby CD.

There was a great turnout and looks like they raised a decent amount of money. Looks like the organising was top notch and lots of people were having fun. I noticed more dog than last year too.
I think the other problem with the drink queues was that the food stores weren't allowed to sell soft drinks, so people wanting a Coke etc. had to line up with the alcohol drinkers.
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great fair day NMG. well organised, lots to see and do. so so happy to pay $5 for it.
Currently listening to: gym soundtrack!
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legs 11 days to go ............... get wet with excitement
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Jealousy!
Sounds like Fair Day was a hoot! Wish I was there! Coming down for parade and party, and from the mood of most posts here, sounds like the vibe is really positive. Even better.
Looking at the icons for previous years' posters has made me think back to some of my first Mardis Gras. (Would that be the correct plural?) I remember the Saturday afternoons when the drag queens were out in force on Oxford Street. I often look back at my photos of the Marilyn Monroe in a tight red mini dress. She and friends were making a video of the day on Oxford Street. Looked like a tourist video. And the following year, a drag queen was doing a number on the traffic island outside the Oxford Hotel while the music blared. Fab!
Hoping that this Mardi Gras captures the spirit of those years, as well as including the vibe for the future. Countdown Boy, thanks for building the excitement.
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I think MG should have charged a bit more given that BGF are charging $120 a seat to view the parade. Yes I know it's for a good cause but the financial security of MG is also a good cause. Have been told MG Party gonna sell out by thursday wooo fuckin woo. I hope it does. MG needs a sell out event. then can we have it close at 10am - purlease. Everyone at my gym is going and that hasn't been the case for years. Support the community. It needs our money it need our support and it looks like it's gonna get it. But MG if you don't invest in producion around party and try to cut corners you'll lose the enromous good will you have build up this years 30th marketing success . People are willing MG to be the best ever do please don't disappoint. Bring in some of the past experts.from the past to help out and advise Cobden, Leeson,Harben,Dot, Goggin,Prescott, Croft,Anthony and the rest of them. they'd do it for fee. There's talent there use them.
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Fair Day
I had a great day at Fair Day, well done to everyone who made it possible. Lots of fun, cool new stuff and hotties.

I have heard that cash donations were up a lot on last year so it seems like most people are happy to support these events. Lets hope they collected enough to keep Fair Day going.
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bring in the experts with 10 days to go, bit late in the day don't you think love? :-)
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Fair day is very much like Brighton Pride (UK). Its nice to see people in the light of day when they're not all gaga.

And watch out Syd, the Melb MG Group has a company strength army unit (in camo hot pants of course) ready to shake their booty. They looked smart in Sundays rehearsal at Suburu Docklands.

Vic Presence and Melb Marching Girls have a huge number as well for the big 30.

Brink it bloody well on>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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What ever happened to Shop Yourself Stupid. Drag shows up and down Oxford Street on the Saturday before Mardi Gras, people in cars and buses travelling down the street realising that they were no longer in Kansas, and truely priceless moments like Portia Turbo riding on the bonnet of an unsuspecting car lip-synching to Dont Rain on My Parade. Maybe public events like this on our street on a more regular basis is exactly what we need to once again reclaim our street.
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Will never claim back that street.

And the way the traffic and some of the people are on that street its way too dangerous for any of that.

Fair Day good , safe way to showcase it all.
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Anyone else sick and tired of all the exercising, weights, running, dieting ?

Usualy I'm lucky if one person says " you keep yourself in good shape " . Definately never ever get someone making a pass at me.

So why do it ?

I could so murder a couple of pizzas, potato scollops, crumbed calamari. Half a dozen spring rolls and a Sarah Lee Apple Pie layered with King Island Cream.
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i'd say just do it..... the days of the gym bunnies are well and truly over.....

everyone looks fab after a disco lolly and in the dark lights of a dance hall....

i,m just happy my tartan bondage pants with front and rear pleated flaps have arrived..... combined with a bit of bling and red fishnet..... i'm gonna look hot... stuff the hard work at the gym... i've done the hard work on ebay getting the outfit together...... see you on the dancefloor.... getting real excited now !!!
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Definately not the gym bunny not at my age :(

but I dont want a gut and I dont want love handles and I especially dont want anything jiggling when I dance !

just like to keep myself slim and firm :)

you cant help getting some definition but definately not
the gym bunny build. As you say thats out.

I cry going to bed thinking of carbs........ lots and lots
of carbs.

And as you say you arrive worrying if everything is OK then the "things" hit and you couldnt give a flying ....
about anything.

Still someone hitting on me would be nice ........sigh!
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Read in the paper that Mandy Moore is in Melbourne on the 5th March. Now Hex Hector's remix of Mandy Moore's single 'Candy' was a big dance hit back in 2000. My sister-in-law tells me NMG don't want to announce the secret special guest (other than our 'Livey - closing show with Zanadu) for fear of attracting the wrong crowd. My prediction - Mandy Moore with 'Candy' for the 4am show in the RHI and to finish Hex's set. Deborah Cox has an appearance in Canada 28th February (Hex's favourite) so it won't be her.
Although Danni M. is back in the country but my money's still on Mandy Moore. I think there will also be a show mid set for Hex and it has to be Cyndi unless Cyndi is at 4. THey could squeeze Danni in with a 6am show.
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Queer Screen
Great to see fantastic turn out, even during the week, at Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival.
Was such a great atmosphere tonight with lots of people, saw "Outing Riley"- very funny, clever writing.
It's a shame that in Australia we don't have any other avenues for these films... such as Foxtel/Optus/Austar who don't show any of the gay tv channels that are available in Europe & Nth America. Instead, on my pay tv I get the Australian Christian Channel, Crime Channel, and various other channels I pay $105 a month for. Would be great to see gay-themed channel 365 days a year, not just gay storylines during Mardi Gras Film Festival.
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Yes. I don't buy into the whole No carbs, gym, etc world. Im not the smallest guy in the world, not the biggest either. Combination of exercise, healthy food etc gets me through. Sure I have been eating more salads in the past few months and that is helping but its summer and salads make sense. I don't understand how some people find time for the gym every day. Its 11.27pm and im only just finishing work for the day. Gym..? Not right now for me.
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THE LAST OF THE DOUBLE DIGITS ... ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT
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Absolutely not
Absolutely not Deborah Cox. According to her web site she will be in Au Canada on 28th February. But Mandy Moore is in Melbourne 5th March and Hex Hector had a big dance hit in 2000 with his remix of her hit single 'Candy' so my bet is Mandy Moore singing 'Candy' for the 4am show in the RHI to finish Hex Hector's set.
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Hahaha Brad W

I have about 15 years on you and also have slim build but any weight goes only to the stomach, nowhere else, just the stomach so I make time for the gym 4 times per week.

I enjoy my food , eat sensibly , but eat what I want and usually lots. Salad just doesnt fill the spot.

Found by mid 30's the bits started to jiggle too much and so started the gym. Not heavey stuff just toning.

But I really could do all those pizzas,calamari,burgers,
scollops right now and its morning :)
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Cyndi Lauper @ Mardi Gras
Cyndi Lauper let the cat out of the bag this morning on the Today Show confirming she will be performing at Mardi Gras Party and she wants to see the parade. Bit hard to see the parade if she is performing that night.

So this party is gunna be huge......
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Cyndi!!!!!
http://www.samesame.com.au/news/local/2001/Cyndi-Lets-The-Cat-Out-Of-The-Bag.htm
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God its great being 21! All i do is a few situps and jog every other day for half an hour and eat whatever i want whenever i want and... Hello great body!! I have a feeling that this will bite me in the ass one day tho... LOL! If anything i have been exercising more in the lead up to mardi gras, but not eating less... could never do that!!
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Warning - Mardi Gras Party tickets set to sell out!
Just got a Mardi Gras Newsletter.

Tickets to your 30th Anniversary Mardi Gras Party are set to sell out. You've been warned! Members have until midnight Sunday to secure their special priced members tickets before the offer ends and the final tickets to the last lucky few go out the door.

Get you tickets now at www.ticketek.com.au or phone 132 849. Flash your membership card at your local Ticketek outlet or over the phone by midnight Sunday 24 February to take advantage of the special offer while it lasts. Don't suffer through the stories from everyone about the best 30th birthday bash ever.
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I so do hope it comes back to bite you in the arse :)

Youth !
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I'm only 20, but not blessed with this easy sit up and jog body

not too unhappy with it, but its not just that not all youth get to run around looking great.. well, i do look great :P just don't have abs

Oh well, lets hope those I find this 21 year old on the dancefloor and get to share some of him
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Footage of Early Rehearsals for "Candy" by Mandy Moore Hex Hector's mix

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sorry but Mandy Moore is a has been and has very little relevance to the gay community when compared to Cyndi and Olivia...

I would be pretty dissapointed if party board felt that she had a place to perform at the party.
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I was told Cyndi Lauper had pulled out of the party due to an extra concert.
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I hear tickets are likely to sell out tomorrow (Thursday). I wouldn't be leaving it any longer if I was you!

:)
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yeah, it must be true!! i heard the same last week, they are just about to sell out. they are just about to sell out everyday. and guess what there are still tickets left the next day. magic!
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To be fair Mardi Gras have only ever said to date that tickets are selling fast. Todays email was the first time they have issued a warning that tickets are about to sell out.

They can't be responsible for rumours.

:)
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Well I bought my ticket way back in January. If they sell out and guys miss out you can not blame anyone but yourselves. We'll tell you how good the party is. I'll be lining up at 10pm to get in and they'll throw me out with the trash. See you all under the mirror ball.
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Party Sold Out????
I've just tried to buy a ticket online and it's telling me that the event has sold out (even though the buy now button is still there).
Does this mean the party has sold out???????
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I just tried and its not sold out... maybe you pressed the wrong button.?
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oops... yes, you were right *blush* I'd pressed the wrong button... all sorted now...
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I have a reliable informant,

that Party has less than 300 tickets left in stock as of Wednesday...

That the workshop gear for party will blow peoples minds...

And that... well, that's all I'll say, I want the rest to be a surprise
Currently listening to: Clickity Click Click - My Keyboard
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The workshop gear?

Care to elaborate a bit more? :)
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Have we talked about mardi gras costumes yet?
I'm so excited!!!!!
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Do you think that we would be allowed to whirl around in a pair of roller skates for xanadu ? I must admit my friend has a bit of weight behind her. Once she got a bit speed up she may have a problem pulling up could do a bit of damage.
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If you haven’t got your tickets for this year’s Mardi Gras party better get your skates on!

The Mardi Gras Party officially ‘sold out’ earlier on this morning, but after negotiations with the venue managers we have secured a final release of 1,500 tickets which are now on sale.

To make sure these extra party goers are catered for we’re putting in additional venues into party footprint and will announce these details shortly – so stay tuned for the latest information!

As part and parcel of the extended capacity / footprint, we MUST turn off member price ticketing close of business Sunday (24th). So, if you’re a member and haven’t got around to buying your ticket better get a wiggle on!

And just to confirm, once this final release sell out there will be NO MORE RELEASES. NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON THE DOOR!

It’s now or never folks! I can’t begin to tell you how excited everyone at Mardi Gras is that we’re selling out the party this far away from the event! It’s great news. So get your ticket today and be part of history!

We do have tickets left for Sol Y Luna for this Sunday although they’re selling fast too.

So, see you on Sunday at Harbour Party and then under the glitterball at the party to end all parties!

Happy Mardi Gras!
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mardi gras party has sold out
http://www.samesame.com.au/news/local/2004/Mardi-Gras-Party-Has-Sold-Out.htm
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We're so excited about Harbour Party. It's forecast for sunny & 25 degrees. Add to that some of the hottest guys from around the globe & what I believe is a fantastic DJ line up, not to mention THE VIEW!!!

:-) :-) :-)
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"We're so excited about Harbour Party. It's forecast for sunny & 25 degrees. Add to that some of the hottest guys from around the globe & what I believe is a fantastic DJ line up, not to mention THE VIEW"

The view is great , just like the view of the doggies at the front gate of the party !

Be Careful.
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So does anyone know what the final number will be?....20,000?... or more?
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This is awesome news! :-)

So does anyone know how many tickets were sold for this year's party?

I guess this means that we can have our timber dance floors and lot's of pretty lights and lasers ;-)!

It's time to start getting excited...
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the risk of disco roller skating
I must say the though of all those show ponies and drag queens on roller skates gives me goosepimples. Especially if there's podium nearby. One small miscalculation in balance could see a very nasty projectile off a triple twist with arms and legs in all directions into an unsuspecting audience.
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Great to hear. So Marcus how about closing the party at 10am. Please !!!!!!!
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So does anyone know what the final number will be?....20,000?... or more?

- Thu 21 Feb 2008 11:54:14

The final number will be at 8am
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It would of made sense to have 500 or so tickets left to sell at the door with a $50 markup...

I hate to see the scalpers or anyone else making a profit selling tickets at the expense of Mardi Gras when Mardi gras should do it themselves...

Here are a few warnings about buying your ticket from e-bay (or scalper).

1. If the person has given you an ezyticket there is no way of knowing if they have printed off another copy. Once that ticket has been checked through the gates then whoever has the second ticket can't get in.

2. If the ticket appears on e-bay and the ticket number is visible and it sells much higher then face value ticketek has the right to cancel the ticket. They might even notify the original purchaser... but do you necessarily know they will pass that news onto you and refund your money?

So avoid the anxiety of turning up at the turnstile with a potentially fake/invalid/overpriced ticket... go and buy one now!
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Good on ya kid! I bet you'll look great. As will everyone. SOLD OUT i heard? yeah!! Really excited now, thanks Countdown Boy! BRING IT ON!!!
Currently listening to: nobody's supposed to be here - Deborah Cox
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Can I just say I am so f'n excited about Mardi Gras.

The party is on the verge of selling out.

There is going to be TRANCE all night in the Hordern with 5 trance DJ's.

Hex Hector has apparantly been making some awesome new mixes especially for the party.

Shows, shows, shows with who knows who and who knows where? Kylie? Dannii? Mads? Cyndi? Oh I'm going nuts just trying to figure out where to be at what time.

From Marcus' post above looks like they are adding new venues too!

The vibe hasn't been this good in years.

Well done Mardi Gras!
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I am so exited, haven't been this exited in years! Also going in the parade for the first time in years. Not allowed to tell about the entry I'm in but OPI is a hint.
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While it's good the Party is about to sell out perhaps Mardi Gras could have set aside a small number, maybe 100, for those boys coming from overseas and have not arranged a ticket. Yes I know they could have bought online but it would be a shame for visitors who have come especially for Mardi Gras to miss out. Perhaps only sell the last 100 tickets to guys with overseas passports. Just a thought....
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SOLD OUT
11.40pm Party SOLD OUT.
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"The final number will be at 8am"

Thank you so much
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Xanadu
OLIVIA Newton John's moment in the Mardi Gras spotlight may be 12 years in the making, but the singer and her fans will have to wait up for next weekend's show.

The gay icon has revealed she'll perform perennial pink favourite Xanadu, during her early morning set on March 2.

"It's going to be a hoot," she told Confidential yesterday. "I've got lots of dancers and great costumes so it should be a great show."
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Gosh, I could see that one going down really well with the locals that didn't manage to find a ticket.....
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ahhhhhhhhhhh, trust me no one wants to go here again, I used to operate one of the old ticket terminals at the Toolshed years ago and this was the case for a while, international tix were still available,while local tix had sold out, the howls of protest made my ears bleed.
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PARTY HAS SOLD OUT!!!!!

Can no longer buy tickets on Ticketek.

The website says "allocation exhausted".

LOL!
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congratulations mardi gras
With a brave musical footprint Mardi Gras has sold out a week in advance. First time in a long long time! The nasties who bitched about it on here can eat my shorts!!!
Cant wait to rock out in the forum.

Performance space tonight at carriageworks.
Quick and Dirty!
http://www.performancespace.com.au/program_details.php?programid=181
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party sold out!!! aarrgghh. hopefully they will release some more tix.... please!!!
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Unfortunately, no more tickets are being released. (see Marcus Bourget's above post)

The extra 1,500 they released yesterday were the last.

I don't think legally they're allowed to sell anymore and Playbill, the operators of the venues over at the Entertainment Quarter, will enforce that for sure.

They're not even selling any on the door on the night. :S

There are a few tickets on eBay ... actually, I think there's only ONE. And of course you can check the walls here for people selling tickets. They'll be in very hot demand now I imagine.
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Tickets may also be advertised in Pinkboard Classifieds. No phone numbers allowed. Beware of scalpers. - Panther

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Curious to know just how many tickets were allocated.
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i heard that there maybe some tickets left on the sx website

sxnews.com.au

or direct from Bang Clothing....
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None on the SX site - just checked. Bang is a place I never thought of... you might have some luck there. :)
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All Mardi Gras tickets are sold through Ticketek. If the site says they're sold they're sold!!
"allocation exhausted" I love it!
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Party!
I'm also interested to see what the final numbers are going to be??

If it is a sell out curious to see what the no's are?

Marcus are you able to advise?
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bang are now bang out of tix.
dont call, the guy there's having a hard time coping with it all the poor love
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Mardi Gras Sellout
Congrats Mardi Gras on selling out what is going to be one helluva party.

Pays to get in early and buy your tickets eh? Instead trying to beg/borrow or steal as has happened to those thinking it wouldn't sell out and left it to the last minute and are now too late.

I'm am getting really excited now, just over a week to go - wooo hooo
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Looks like MG party tickets are the hottest tickets in town right now, THAT'S been a long time coming...aint it great!! Glad I got mine early....but then, I always do :)
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Heard that with the additional tickets the figure will be around 18 to 19 thousand.
Hopefully the weather will be ok or Mardi gras will erect some marquees outside. It will be very crowded / humid inside if it rains.

Getting very excited! Seems to be more of a buzz this year!
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Been telling guys all week to buys their tix to MG. Now sold out I've had 2 guys ask me already. Well done MG. Can't wait. I know it's only 8 sleeps to go..... wonder how many hours and minutes and seconds that is. I'll have to do the maths and get back.
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Ebay
Looks like someone is trying to flog a ticket on Ebay for $355. Thats got to be a joke...
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More than 19,000 I would ha1ve thought!! Although we the re zoned fox area and changes it may have made it slightly smaller for safety numbers...

Sure it would be over 20,000?
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Sorry but I dont see why tickets should be put aside for internationals...anyone who has planned a trip from overseas to be here for MG and failed to buy a ticket to the actual party is a fool.

you wouldn't go to the olympics or the world cup and wait till you were there to buy tickets, the same applies to coming to the other side of the world for Mardi Gras.
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I'm amazed (but pleased) that the party has sold out. I got my tickets some time ago, but I have some friends coming from overseas and I've telling them to buy theirs online, but I don't think they have! I assume that their only hope now is pick up some on the secondary market!
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NMG is a JOKE!!! This is a scandal
Ho do you make yourself look? By under promising and over delivering, which is exactly what NMG has done. By starting off with an inadequate number of tickets in the first instance, they sold out! Looks good right? NO! The fact is they FAILED to properly plan for the 30th party! I know many people, myself included, who want to go, but can't now. Who benefits? THE SCALPERS!
NMG needs to take a good look at itself. Instead of releasing only 1,500 extra tickets, they should release 5,000 more. I bet you they will sell.
What they should now do is get off their asses and talk to Playbill to increase capacity, which is still possible, and release more tickets, through next week, and on the door.
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Sex on premises venues
A friend who moved from Sydney some years ago told me about the 'circuit' that existed for sex on premises venues over Mardi Gras Party weekend. A different venue went off at different times of the day / night throughout the weekend. eg. Ken's was supposedly fab on Sunday afternoon after the Party. Can anyone give me some more up-to-date advice about where to go an what do do re. venues to make Party weekend a complete 'bang!'
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Good point. You'd hope by now most of the internationals have their tickets well and truly sorted. If not, then unfortunately it seems like it's too late.

The amount that some of the MG tickets are going for on eBay is ridiculous. ONE ticket is already well and above the $300 mark.

Nonetheless, the fact the party has SOLD OUT has put a great buzz in the air. Let's just hope for some beautiful weather... maybe like today, but a bit cooler ... and then we can really start to party. :)

I can't WAIT!!!!!!
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I got mine on Monday and it was 14,000. Now I know there's fierce debate every party on whether the number on the ticket is accurate and depends on what ticketek office you buy it at, blah, blah, blah but my guess would be the capacity for MG this year would be around 15,000 give or take 1500 extra tickets that MG secured to sell after the official sell out.
If you think about it, how many tickets would they have sold between Monday and Thursday to push it above 15000?
It's going to be a fantastic night regardless of the final numbers
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god. i'm going to have a clothes crisis all week now! what to wear. I'm on such a high. Time to go shopping. hurrah!
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They have sold a lot of tickets since monday.

Yesterday, they released the final 1500. they sold them all in just over 12 hrs.

I was told that in the past week that 700-800 tix per day. Add that to the 1500 yesterday alone then I think the true figure is around 19000
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I can't decide what to wear either! I'd like to have something in aknowledgement of the 'Brave New World' and 30th anniversary but thus far inspiration has escaped me!!

It's going to be a great party -and I'm enjoying the lead up to it already!
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tickets...?
what odds are there of there being more tickets released?
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I can't imagine why NMG would agree to sell fewer than 20,000 tickets? It's an enormous site with 4+ dance venues. Why turn down good money? This will be a stupendous party!
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Another option?
Some tickets on Ebay have hit the $500 mark. OMG!

Also in yesterday's edition of SX New Mardi Gras were asking for volunteers to meet the parade entrants as they finish the 1.6km march. They were offering a discounted Party ticket as a thank you. People interested in volunteering for the finish area were asked to contact volunteers@mardigras.org.au.

Might be worth a shot if you missed out on a ticket.
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Mardi Gras Sellout
So funny to see all these peoples scrambling to get a ticket to the party now.......

All I can say is they were warned it will be a sellout and to get in early.

Seems we have all got a gold ticket to Willie Wonko's Chocolate Factory now.....
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Ebay Mardi Gras Auction
Offers have passed the $500.00 mark for a single ticket.
It's nauseating what people will pay for an event that lasts only 10 hours.
In other words $50.00per hour or more!
The demand has reached fever pitched hysteria.
I'm sorry for the people who would like too but can't go due to financial restraints etc.
Lets try to share the mood if not the party!
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why not release more tickets?
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Is it legal for them to sell the tickets above the original sale price on EBay or is that considered electronic scalping?

It's going to be such a fun night! Only 8 more sleeps! :-)
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Do people have no idea what planing has to go into a party? The concept that you can "just release more tickets" astounds me. There's the licence for a start off (currently 28 days notice in NSW) Fencing, security, safety, volunteers etc etc etc.

Sorry for those who don't have tickets, but you were warned!

I hope that everyone finds something to celebrate on the night!
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SELL OUT MAGIC
So glad to see that they have sell out magic again. Hasn't happened since 2001. Next year will be even hotter for ticket sales. You'd have to be kicking yourself for not shopping sooner.
Currently listening to: Primitiva - Martin Denny
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Whilst many discuss the issue of getting together the money to afford a Mardi Gras ticket at $150 each... I wonder WHO are all the people that go to Sol y Luna ($120), Toybox, Homesexual ($75) etc, etc one after the other all in the same week??? How do those people afford to go to all the events (and without complaints about price).
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"I wonder WHO are all the people that go to Sol y Luna ($120), Toybox, Homesexual ($75) etc, etc one after the other all in the same week??? How do those people afford to go to all the events (and without complaints about price)"

Ever heard of prostitution ? It's all the rage this time of year ;)
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ONLY ONE WEEK TO GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There are ONLY 7 Days to a sold out Mardi Gras !

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To be honest I think most people could afford it. Its really nothing different than saving up for a holiday or a used car or clothes or TV.
Some can afford all , others just decide thats there weeks holiday or put off buying something till later.

Of course there a those where just 1 ticket is too costly for them but the gay scene is known for having more $'s to spend than most communities.
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It's called "saving up" and "planning". We all knew a long time ago that there were going to be many parties around/on the same weekend as the 30th, so putting aside a bit of money week by week a few months prior isn't really that hard to do, is it? I know people who go to at least 3 parties and the only way they do that is by saving up early.
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I suppose my point is, people unneccesarily pick on & whine about Mardi Gras Party... but we don't hear anyone whatsoever complaining about the price for say Sol Y Luna Party ($120)- yet there are still lots of people going to it, if not sold out already. Or the almost completeley sold out Cyndi Lauper concerts at $99 a pop.
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Camera / Coat Check at the Party
I really want to snap some photographs of this year's parade - being the 30th anniversary I'm expecting it to be fab - however, I'm unsure what to do with my camera when I go to the party. I'm happy enough to put the camera (in a backpack) in the coat check... if there is one... but is there a general restriction on taking cameras into the party venue? For some reason, I keep thinking there once was such a restriction...
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I think a condition of entry is you don't record or take photos of anything. Sort of fruitless, considering mobile phones double as digital cameras these days.

I'd stuff it in your pants. :)
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This was the restrictions of the old party where it was a GAY exclusive party, and protecting people from being snapped there. Now that it is open to everybody I don'ty think it will be a problem.

We took cameras to Wildlife which was a Mardi Gras event and there were no problems...

Check with Mardi Gras?
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people paid hundreds of euros to see spice girls in the back rows just recently in uk. i think i would prefer my ten hours of party in sydney!!!
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Selling 1500 tkts in 12 hours...... that's alot to sell and one must ask who's buying?,,,,sclapers i suspect..... it shouldn't be allowed and I hope police will move the scalpers on. So annoyed that it appears so many guys can not organised themselves to buy tickets that have been on sale for almost 3 months.
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Tickets have been on sale for months. How dare you blame Mardi Gras that you've missed out. The person who needed to get off their arse was you and buy a ticket.
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Harbour Party - Sold out?
Just checked on the Ticktek site and it says that tickets for Harbour Party are no longer on sale!

Do we have another sold out Mardi Gras event???
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Judging by the bidders' IDs on ebay it looks like the bids are fake. Well I would hope so. Anyone can get a hotmail address and then set up a new ebay account and bid and then never pay. this stops people making money from this kind of thing. If it was a legit exercise of getting rid of an unwanted ticket, then put on the face value plus $10 or so for handling.
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You are the joke. NMG have been promoting the fact that MG will sell out. You only have yourself to blame.
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"By starting off with an inadequate number of tickets in the first instance, they sold out! Looks good right? NO! The fact is they FAILED to properly plan for the 30th party! I know many people, myself included, who want to go, but can't now"

Oh please. You leave it to the last minute and expect everyone to be sorry for you? Mardi Gras have been saying for some time that tickets were selling fast and earlier this week issued a warning via email of the impending sell out.

The fact is that Mardi Gras have negotiated as much extra space as they were allowed to do so. I'm told they have added new venues and a number of new DJ's who will be announced this week.

Up until 2001'ish the party used to sell out by mid to late January. Seems some people have got complacent since and now want to blame Mardi Gras becuase they couldn't get themselves organised.

It's been a long road but the Mardi Gras magic is well and truely back!
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Queens and sports fans to clog the city
QUEENS and sports fans could bring Sydney to a grinding halt this weekend.

The cruise liners Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Victoria will attract thousands to the harbour while thousands more are expected at a Mardi Gras party at Mrs Macquaries Point.

The State Government wants spectators to use extra public transport services to avoid the traffic gridlock that occurred when tens of thousands flocked to the harbour to see the QE2 and Queen Mary 2 together last year. But tomorrow Sydney also has to deal with the Mardi Gras party and possibly 80,000 sports fans at Moore Park for the Australia-India one-day cricket match and the A-League soccer final boasting two NSW teams.

The Queen Victoria arrives in Sydney Harbour at 5.30am today. It docks at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay at 7am. The QE2 docks at Garden Island tomorrow at 7am. At 6.30pm the big ships will cross either side of Fort Denison as the Queen Victoria departs and the QE2 heads to the Overseas Passenger Terminal for the night.

The one-day clash between Australia and India at the SCG is a sell-out and Aussie Stadium could pack in 44,000 for the A-League final between Newcastle and the Central Coast. The soccer match should be over by 7pm and the cricket by 10pm.
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Surely we are not the Queens that are referring to!!!!
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NMG is not a joke and they did speak to Playbill and did increase the amount of tickets on sale. The additional capacity also sold out. NMG have been advising for quite some time that this is the fastest selling party and that tickets would sell out. Congrats to them on selling out in advance. Its going to be an amazing party.
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What a hilarious post. I suppose it's Mardi Gras' fault that, um, well let's see, that global warming is bringing irreversible climate change too....
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A dear freind of mine is on disability Pension, which leaves hime less than $300.00 per fortnight to live on for food, bills and living expenses.
Hence planning or saving for a MG ticket is not justifiable or even possible.
I have bought him a ticket just to watch his face shine with excitement!!
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NMG is responsible for the Party and the buck rests with them. No one said that they were responsible for global warming!
Some people think that the party selling out is a good thing. Stop, and think for a minute. If the numbers were too low to begin with then of course it will sell out. NMG looks like heros. However, the are not. The fact of the matter is, NMG got it totally wrong!
NMG is suppose to be a group that is supporting the entire community, hence they should be catering for the entire community. They are running a Gay and Lesbian Party not a Michael Jackson concert. Our party should never sell out. The only thing that has happened this year, is that NMG has sold out the gay and lesbian community.
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That is really noble of you. I suppose when I wrote the statement I did not take into account people who are on pensions etc..I am sure the look on his face was worth it.
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WTF? How can you sit there and type that? By LAW they are NOT allowed to oversell. The venue operatords will not let them. If they oversell, Mardi Gras won't be able to get IN the venue - nor will ANYONE who has bought a ticket!

What the hell... should NEVER sell out? That doesn't make sense. Of course it can sell out. If they reach the LEGAL capacity of the venue then they have to say it is sold out. What's more, Ticktek only issue enough for the venue. Playbill and Ticketek go hand-in-hand. They'll know when it's oversold.....

What a silly thought. Sounds to be like someone is pi**ed they didn't get their ticket in time. Well, too bad I'm afraid. You should have got in early.
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Harbour Party - Sold out?
Just checked on the Ticktek site and it says that tickets for Harbour Party are no longer on sale!

Do we have another sold out Mardi Gras event???

Tickets are available on the door... ticketek are no longer selling them as it's the weekend...

It should be a great party with this wonderful weather!
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Love the sour grapes.... Too funny your email is just plain STUPID!

The plan of running a party is to sell out?? HELLO is there anybody out there?

We are going to all have a fantastic party, hope you enjoy one of the free pubs on Oxford Streety and really enjoy the FREE community spirit!! Because that is all you deserve after such a funny, but dumb post!

ENJOY!
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... you're not serious????...........
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"NMG is responsible for the Party and the buck rests with them"

How about the buck rests with you for not getting your ticket early.
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I totally agree. Somebody is pis##ed off as they didn't get a ticket and now its all NMG's fault. Sweetheart you have had 4 months to get your ticket. You didn't and there is no body to blame but yourself.
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Hi
Welcome to Earth.

Here no matter what sexuality your are, any and I mean
any venue has a legal limit it can hold. This is for safety reasons.

NMG is supporting the whole community. Did you not go to Fair Day ? have you not read what they are doing at the party ?

The extra money they will be making will work its way down to our community organisations.

So as you seem to be some alien species, can you please explain -

why is a party selling out not a good thing ?

what numbers are you using ie the low numbers ?

if they are not running a Gay and Lesbian event , what
would you call this even ?

How have NMG got it wrong , seeing as this is the largest amount of tickets they have sold in over 7 years ?

How has NMG sold out the gay and lesbian community.

Here on Earth we back up our claims with proof.

Otherwise human beings who offer no proof just come off as idiots and/or fools and/or ingrates.

I hereby nominate you Idiot of 2008.
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Even scalpers got organised this year to buy tickets to the party, why didnt you?

Mardi Gras last year sold 15000 tickets. This year they increased the footprint and sold 20000ish. Sounds like they planned correctly and will laugh all the way to the bank.

If you didnt get a ticket,then its clearly your fault. And finally, we now have another reason to become a member as NMG emailed all its members warning them to get in quick. Maybe you should become a member and take their advice.
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'Judging by the bidders' IDs on ebay it looks like the bids are fake. Well I would hope so. Anyone can get a hotmail address and then set up a new ebay account and bid and then never pay...'

Erm, you obviously don't understand how Ebay works. You can't just do that at all and the 'Bidder 1', 'Bidder 2' names you're referring to are a new system introduced by Ebay whereby the bidders identities remain anonymous.

The only issue I would say with buying on Ebay is that scalpers will snap up lots next year in the hope of making a similar killing. Since the demand won't be the same as it won't be the 30th anniversary next, year they'll probably do their money, but Mardi Gras will benefit nicely from their generous donations.
Currently listening to: Xanadu - Livvie of course
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Agreed

They even cut out all earlybird prices and charged full tilt $120/$150 and even then they sold the lost.

The Mardi Gras party is, after all, a fundraiser. Well done to the NMG Board for their foresight in ticket pricing - it probably would have sold out even if tickets were $20 more.

I'm sure we'll see a fantastic night because everybody is excited, and are going into it with such a great attitude.
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To those idiots saying its NMG fault for them not getting a ticket... SUCKED IN!!! I got mine early, everyone else got theirs early, you only have yourself to blame for being a tool and not getting one! Serves you right!! LOL!!
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Can't wait till the Party!
604800 Seconds till the party. If I can add up.

What's the thoughts about taking cameras in?

What's the thoughts about those doggie things sniffing at your crutch?

P.S. Am surviving on a Disability Support Pension. Started saving for the party in April last year. Ended up having to lend money to a friend that works full time for the money for a ticket. Some people just live for now. I live for the things that are important.

Hope I get to talk to each and every one of you!!!!
Currently listening to: Waves @ Maloneys Beach - Batemans Bay
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Here Here!!!

But I do thank Mr/Ms sour grapes for making me smile...ahhh regret can bring out bitterness in the best of us!

We bought our tickets over a month ago, and we well remember the fantastic days when the party always sold out a good 6 weeks in advance of the actual party!

30th Anniversary Party, with smiles intact here we come! :-)
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Last year I asked the security check person about cameras. She said they are allowed in but ask that people respect others privacy by not taking their picture if they don't want you to. I took a camera to Sleaze but was having so much fun I hardly took any photos. I think these days with phone cameras and tiny cameras they've given up policing it. My new camera is so small it fits in my pocket and can hardly be noticed. I'll be taking it to MG
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Pam Ann
Just back from Pam Ann, That women is amazing. Very funny and so filthy! I laughed so much I could hardly breath. Off to Margaret Cho next week for more filth!

Harbour party tomorrow and Fair Day last week, Jeremy Brennan on Tuesday, I've seen Blowing Whistles and Butterflies of the Murgal Garden! What a great Season!

I'll be exhausted by the time I get to the Parade and Party!
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Lifting off with Pam...
Also just back from the lovely Ms. Amm, and looking forward to the fantatsic Ms. Cho next Thursday.

Meanwhile tomorrow is Entrant's Briefing Day for Parade Entries, getting nice and close now, can't wait to meet the reps and hear all about fantastic float ideas and see whats gonne be blazing up Oxford St in under a week.

Went to Big Bingay last night as well, won nothing, but what a hoot anyway, and good to see the tables down the front who have been putting in hard yards... claps to them.

As for Party, what can I say, hooray for NMG08, selling out, despite what some other folks have said on here, is an amazing otuocme for a party for our community, and I look forward to being there (had my ticket for a while now, been sittin gathering dust) and I look forward to ... well, lots of things.

Most of all though, can;t wait for Parade, when so many nagging, scathing tounges are silenced, as people from all around the world come to our little place, to celebrate Freedom, Liberty and Brotherhood (and Sisterhood :P).

Looking forward to seeing all of you, well, the positive minded ones anyway.
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Count Count Count .........yeahhhhhhhhhhh
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TIX
I heard that MG are selling more tix next monday. Is this true?
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I was told by a stranger that it was Tuesday... now that you've posted that I'm more inclined to 1/2 believe him.
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There is a rumour circulating that NMG will release more tix next week. The rumour also suggest that the freeze in MG tickets is to encourage people to buy Harbour Party tickets instead. All of these rumours are untrue. As it says on the NMG website for the whole world to see...MARDI GRAS PARTY HAS SOLD OUT.

There are other nasty rumours that have been circulating, such as Harbour Party will be cancelled...NOT TRUE.

See you on the dancefloor tonight at Harbour and again next week end :)
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A view only Sydney can put on........
Isn't it going to be one helluva a sight tonight from Harbour Party as the two big ships QV & QEII pass each other in the harbour around sunset with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as the back drop. Should be one of the most memorable Harbour Parties yet with two Queens on the water and thousands more queens watching them as they party on. And such a beautiful Sydney sunny day being put on for the party. Hope its a sellout for NMG.

Lets hope this beautiful weather stays for next weekend.
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Harbour Party
Just got this email via Facebook...


Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that Harbour Party is on today at Fleet Steps in the Domain. The forecast is for a clear, warm sunny day so the stage is set for the world's most glamorous party with the historic backdrop of the crossing of the Queen Victoria and QEII in the harbour. Come help celebrate the start of the final week of this year's Mardi Gras! Tickets are available at ticketek outlets (no internet or telesales) until 3pm today and then on the door at the event!

See you down there!

Marcus
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You know even if MG could swing it at the last minute to put on more tickets (which they can't) The nasty mud slinging and baseless accusations on here would surely stop them. Who would want this bunch of moaning blamers trying to say they were proved right.

I for one am glad that OP won't be at party. Mean I know but so is the spirit and content of the posts. This sort of attitude and selfish negativity is what's tearing our community apart.
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Agreed! The attitude is mean spirited and that sort of stuff is NOT what we need at the party.

Suck that, I say.

See you queens on the dance floor!
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Re: NMG is a JOKE!!! This is a scandal
F***ing Hilarious!!! I love how you're blaming NMG for not releasing enough tix & you not having the foresight to buy you're tix early to the biggest Mardi Gras Party ever. I'm not a member, live in Brisbane & bought my tix months ago via a long standing MG member because I knew this party would sell out. And as mentioned in many a response to your ridiculous claim, there is tix limit due to the legal requirements a venue/tix operators must take to ensure the safety of all patrons attending. Maybe you don't remember the 2001-2002 NYE Harbour party where a greedy promoter oversold tix to the venue claiming he expected people to come & go throughout the night & by 10pm a massive fence was put up & riot police called to quell the public who had tix to enter, but were refused. I remember this as I was working the following day at Ticketek responding to many a p*ssed off person, only to direct them back to the promoter.
THANKYOU NMG for putting together what will be a fabulous celebration of Gay Pride!!!
PS I'm sooo looking forward to see Cyndi at the party!!! Will she perform 'Shine'???
Currently listening to: It's Hard To Be Me - Cyndi Lauper
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New Venues
Just noticed this on the MG Web Site

Chillout Space
10pm – Beth Yen
2am – Scott Pullen
4am – Maren

Members' Marquee
10pm – Sandi Hotrod
1am – Kitty Glitter
4am – Dan Buhagiar
Currently listening to: Pray - Tina Cousins
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I've missed out on getting a ticket, and obviously it's no one else's fault but my own. It's been a crazy month of moving house and starting a new job. I was looking forward to MG but just didn't get around to buying a ticket.

I for one would like to congratulate NMG what already seems to have been a huge success. The buzz surrounding the 30th anniversary after party has been palpable. Here's hoping it's a night for revellers to remember -- a night that not only entertains but will also bring together the community in a way that makes people grateful for what we have, and united against the challenges and inequities that still confront us.
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Agreed. I think, from memory, that the all-up site licencing limit is around 21,000 and these days it's rigorously enforced. Back in the day it wasn't and I remember that there was an estimated 28,000 onsite for "20 years of Mardi Gras" in 98. It was fabulous but also incredibly crowded - dangerously so at some points.

I think NMG has been sensible in opening up additional venues - and releasing extra tix - in line with the revenue coming in, but there's an upper limit and I'm guessing that they've pretty much reached it. Should make for a great party.
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That makes 34 DJs and 9 dance areas by my reckoning... Wow!
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Fark me! We are a spoilt bunch, aren't we?! What an amazing amazing community (except for the very odd person here and there making very odd comments). Mardi Gras just keep announcing new and exciting things for the night of parade and party. Thanks to Marcus and the crew for what is going to be the night of all gay nights! Hoorah for Mardi Gras! Everyone going to Harbour Party this arvo, have a fabulous time. No doubt it's going to be one of the better ones.... the weather is spectacular! Thanks Mother Nature for really going all out for us! :D
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Jeremy Brennan & King Casual live at Will & Tobys Supper Club on Tuesday 26 Feb wll be a great gig!

www.myspace.com/kingcasualmusic

Come and support local live music!
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Ummm actually it is easy to set up an account with ebay using a new email address, make a winning bid and then not pay. I completly understand how ebay works.
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Because you failed to get tix early you blame NMG.
Take responsibility for your own actions.
Remember you lay in the bed that you make.
Its you who are the joke, not NMG.
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So what lesson have you learnt??
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Harbour Party
What a glorious sunny day. It is going to be amazing down at the harbour. See you all there.
Currently listening to: It's All About The House Music - mixed by Alex Taylor
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Please release more tickets
Yeah i know should have got me ticket earlier, but some honestly do struggle financially...its a shame to see the "F*&%^$ you jackie im ok attitude"....its bad enough not being able to attend.im hoping and praying the NMG can release one last batch to give the "penance" seeking party sinners like myself a chance at the 30th anni party..please confirm that Joel Osteen is right...here's hoping i can make it to Xanadu next saturday nite Please NMG i'm waiting to jump if a limited release batch of tix are made availible and i'd rather my money goes to NMG than the scalpers who are asking $500 plus....the pX
Currently listening to: The Game - MOTORHEAD
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OMG, how did hotrod get there????? is this a joke?...im selling my ticket
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This post is disrespectful of alternate views.

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Please do sell your ticket. Attitudes like yours are not wanted at this party.

How many halls are there ? how many DJ's are there ?

and least of Hotrods feelings ? I dont know who are what they are but I sick of feeble minded people like you getting on here with such comments and with complete disregard for a DJ's feelings.

Check the classifieds please as there are plenty of people there willing to buy your ticket.
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i'm waiting to jump if a limited release batch of tix are made availible

It was - last week. 1500 extra tickets squeezed in.
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You say that you struggle financially and that you'd rather your money go to NMG. Why then, do you imply that you would buy a ticket ($500+)off a scalper if you had to?

Please explain!
Currently listening to: Homesexual.com.au - Main Arena Warm Up
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Thanks for the heads-up darls. My camera is not that small - the price you pay for a 10X optical zoom and 3" screen. I think I will stuff it down my pants but I'll have a bulge like Tom of Finland - maybe not such a bad thing.
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Just don't go to the Members' Marquee if you don't like Sandi Hotrod. I for one will be staying right away : )
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Yeah. Hope they end up with tickets that don't get used. Not 'cause I want to see people miss out, but because I think that NMG should be making the $$$$$$. You know.....to keep the thing running. We don't get any help from anyone else. Hello Clover. What's the story. Why not come to the party? WE've kept you in office for.........
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Don't be a tool, sandi hotrod is awesome! Some people... sheesh!
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Raining on our Parade? Pesky Puppies
Have just seen the forecast for our big weekend and shower's are expected. :-( Let's hope it's early in the day and fine for the evening (something like last night would be ideal).

Should those infamous puppies be in attendance does anyone know what our right's are in relation to being searched etc? Am yet to come across them and the thought of them makes my friends and I nervous -regardless of whether anyone is carrying anything the law deems that they shouldn't be. Just the thought of the general unease they could send through the queue is unsettling.

We're so excited about the parade and the party. As everyone keeps saying the vibe surrounding the party this year is great and everyone seems ready to celebrate our big weekend in one way or another. :-)
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HARBOUR PARTY
Well I'm hoping somebody might post on here ASAP.

How was this event policed ?? Many doggies present ??

Info ASAP please.
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Hey hey now... don't fret about the weather. I keep tabs on the weather forecast on the Bureau site and it changes about three or four times throughout the week.

Usually Perth's weather three days beforehand is a good indication of things to come. And their forecast is for sunny all week - and high 30s. I'd say we can expect some warm, sunny weather like today. :)
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I have never seen puppies at the entry queue. The Police priority is to nab people who are trafficking heavily on premises. There are plain clothes officers present throughout the evening for that purpose. I do not support people who traffic toxic substances that result in collapses and demands on hospital emergency rooms. All of us surely want a safe and happy party.
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Donno about dogs but mate of mine went and just texted me fantastic party. Lot's and lot's of sexy boys. Very gay which is good to know.
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Your rights.
Yes they can search you, pockets etc.
No they can not strip search you without reasonable cause or suspicion so don't turn up off your trolly.
My advice is don't carry anything illegal but if you were to in your undies please not pockets or socks.
Absolutely no pot or coke. Dogs can smell that a mile off.
Anything you do carry is for personal use only. You're not carrying for friends... that's intent to supply.
If you are approached remain calm and do not panic chances are they will just pass you by.
If you are detained do not admit anything with proper legal advice.
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FIVE DAYS .... JUST FIVE .......
There are just 5 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are just 5 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are just 5 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are just 5 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are just 5 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are just 5 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are just 5 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are just 5 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are just 5 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are just 5 Days to Mardi Gras !

5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-55-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5 DAYS TO GO
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just home. was a good party. hotties everywhere :) a little quiet tho, especially towards the end. and i did miss the 2nd dance floor. it was always nice to be able to go wandering upstairs... Kate Monroe played the best set of the night. the canopy over the dancefloor was a nice thought although not necessary in the end... it divided the dancefloor up into 3 distinct sections. sound was good. so suggestions for next year are bring back the second dance floor and a few more punters!
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oh and yes, doggies x 2 at the gates. uniformed police inside also.
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except the person who thinks its his lucky day and goes for your package only to find a 3" screen :)
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And remember people

some of us have 2 orifices , some have 3 orifices

the easiest orifice for us all if only small amount in double/triple bags so long as your cheeks arent bulging :)
under arm with triple bags with very small sprinkle of lavender oil but not enough that you reek of it.
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Just wanted to thank all the kind souls that made entrants briefing day for parade a success on sunday during the day.

I had a wonderful time meeting new people, especially one cute Area Co-Ordinator ion my radio training.

As for the rest of you that brought your attitudes and forgot your patience, save it for people who get paid to deal with your complaints, a team of well oiled (tehehe) volunteers in coloured shirts are there to help you, pay them some respect.

Same goes for on Saturday night.

If someone has a NMG shirt, follo9w advice
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Great night
Harbour what a gorgeous party. As we watched the ships a guy from Frankfurt couldnt believe how beautiful the whole thing was. He said it had made sitting in a plane for 22 hours worth it. Not to mention the hunky boys.
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A little extract from the SMH how true.

The gay crowd at Mrs Macquaries Chair cheered the ladies loudly. As a taxi driver explained, that's the thing about queens and Sydney. "They're a bit like Bondi buses. If you miss one, there'll always be another one along in a few minutes."
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Doggies and police were outside the venue. I saw police ask several people to empty their pockets. Also saw several people led away by police for questioning.

Don't take dope with you to parties, or smoke before going to party, the dogs can smell it.
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HARBOUR PARTY!
What a glorious evening!
And what a fabulous start to a week of reflection,community and the love of social fabulousness!
Cant wait to see you all at the party!
What a vibe, you should feel proud of your community and what all of you have achieved and celebrate it loudly!
Happy Mardi Gra Darl!
xx
Currently listening to: I believe - Paulini
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Harbour Party.
More information guys... So who were the shows etc did Cyndi Lauper show up?

I have only heard good reports from everyone so far, Excellent work Mardi Gras!!'

Unfortunatley I had to work today, otherwise I would have been there with Bells on...

Let us know
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Harbour Party Photos
Feast your eyes, these pics capture the vibe extremely well!

http://photos.samesame.com.au/nsw/Sol_y_Luna_Harbour_Party__The_Domain__24_02_08/
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Harbour Party returns to goodness.
It was an excellent party - my estimate as about 2000-2500 people there and a great mix of locals and tourists. Very sexy crowd and everyone was up and having a fun fun time. Kate M played an awesome set - music all night was great - only 1 show (I think) and it was on stage with the DJ (Alex T) - not sure the name of the guy who performed but he did two really great songs. Loved that fact that (apart from the two boats) there were no other shows, NMG invested in putting on a bloody good party that wasn't overdone. Thanks to all.
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NSW Police Media Release today
Here's the LOW DOWN from the NSW Police media website ...
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Police launched ‘Operation Appaloosa’ to ensure the safety and security of those attending the weekend’s events.

The major high-visibility operation comprised general duties police from across Sydney plus Highway Patrol officers, the Commuter Crime Unit, Public Order and Riot Squad, the Mounted Section, PolAir and Dog Squad.

During the operation, police arrested and charged several people for anti-social and criminal behaviour. This included:

§ 23 drug-related charges resulting from a drug-detection dog operation at the Mrs Macquaries Point dance party. Police allegedly seized drugs, including ecstasy, Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), cannabis and other substances from revellers.

§ 18 drug-related charges stemming from the police operation at the dance event at Alexandria, including a 17-year-old Kellyville boy charged with possessing ecstasy tablets and a 19-year-old Gorokan man charged with supplying and possessing ecstasy tablets. Five infringement notices were also issued for trespass offences.
....

Hmmmm ... the coppers were kinda busy.
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No doggies outside when we arrived. Police inside were friendly and chatting with punters. I think many were GLLOs.
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Kylie On Flight To Sydney
So my friend who works for QF as a space waitress apparently has just had Ms Minogue on his flight from London to Singapore where she is en route to Australia.

Could this be a well kept secret for MG show??????

Maybe not 0 but it is DELICIOUS rumour and we love a rumour around Mardi Gras!
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The show was Peyton who also performed at Fair Day. Great voice and energy.

Had a great party. Lots of friendly people having fun. Lots of hot men. Kate and Alex played exactly my type of music.

Loved the banana lounges, they gave a totally different perspective on the party. Loved the big queen going past.

I loved how the shirtless men stayed under cover until the sun set. I think they were scared of ruining their tans.
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anyone know about any new tickets being released by NMG?
Hi..saw rumours about very limited release of xtra tix for MG party maybe announced today or tommorow is it true or just lead-up hype??..see scalpers doing a roaring trade on ebay atm...seems an abundance of tix there..maybe having the cash is more important than celebrating the 30th anni...
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Another rumour
Lorna Luft is in Sydney doing a show on Friday. For those that don't know, she is Judy Garland's daughter and Liza Minnelli's half sister. Could she be a surprise guest?
Currently listening to: Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Rufus Wainright
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Dont tease us bitch :)
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From SSO net
MORE MARDI GRAS TICKETS COMING


New Mardi Gras will release more tickets for this year's 30th anniversary party later this week.

NMG chair Marcus Bourget said a few hundred tickets would go on sale as soon as possible. He stressed it was not a new ticket release and that no further ticket releases would take place.

Tickets to the sold out 30th anniversary party have reached bids of more than $1000 on eBay since the sell-out was announced last week.

Keep your eyes on ssonet.com.au in the coming 48 hours for details of when the tickets go on sale.
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from Facebook
Hi everyone,

Some of our tickets that were being sold on consignment are being returned unsold.

This means that we will be able to put these tickets out for resale as soon as possible as soon as we know the exact figures.

Please note that this is NOT a new release of tickets. The capacity of the party has not increased since the release of the extra 1,500 tickets earlier in the week. It is not possible for us to increase the footprint.

Stayed tuned to updates from www.mardigras.org.au or www.sxnews.com.au or other online channels for exactly when these tickets (which are likely to number a few hundred maximum) will go on sale.

In the meantime, spread the word and tell your friends!
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dont get your hopes up!!! sorry to tell you all this..but just rang NMG offices this afternoon (monday 4.30pm) and person (female) who answered phone said they could not confirm the quote from NMG president marcus on SSO website and that one shouldnt get their hopes up for another tix release.. she said "there had been talk but again one shouldnt get their hopes up"....the plot for trying to get tickets continues..dont beleive me?? call NMG offices and they will tell you the above...
Currently listening to: Slipstream - Sherbet
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Marcus's comment
That is not written by Marcus as he has a signature through pinkboard.

Sounds like a hopeful punter!

Keep dreaming I think darl!

No more tickets will follow!
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Pinkboard can confirm that it was written by Marcus Bourget. - Panther

the tea leaves never lie
For Mardi Gras to announce Olivia N.J. meant they alwas had someone bigger as a suprise to pull out on the night. Cyndi Lauper may very well be performing at the party but the only big trump card for them to play to rival Olivia with Xanadu has to be Kylie. I would put alot of faith in the posting regarding Ms. Minogue on a flight from London to Singapore en route to Australia. The gay community has been with her through the good times and the bad times. She wouldn't turn down Mardi Gras' request to do the 30th anniversary party and celebrate with the community. I'm sure it was a done deal months ago. She'll most definitely be queen of the night with the peak 4am show in the r.h.i to finish hex hector's set. I can feel it in my waters.
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That sounds PERFECT!
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again the plot thickens..now same same is reporting that tix will go on sale most likely thurs/fri and via Ticketek...Pres Marcus is quoted..check it out here:
http://www.samesame.com.au/news/local/2021/More-Mardi-Gras-Tickets-To-Go-On-Sale.htm
...again I'd take all of this with a pinch of "sherbet"..but how credible is SSO or Same Same if they are publishing quotes from NMG president??? are they reliable as sources of info?? this is not a put down of either publication..just trying to see if info they are publishing is true.. as stated b4 i rang NMG this afternoon (mond 4.30pm) and they couldnt confirm the president's quotes and were pretty skeptical about further tix being released...Panther can you enlighten any further???..please do...
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Well I can tell you one thing for nothin....... the RHI is gonna be PACKED for hours. It'll be back to the bad/good old days of waiting for shows, squished liked tinned sardines, waiting waiting waiting, boys & girls peaking, trying to dance but not being able to, shoulder to shoulder, sweaty back to sweaty back...Yay!
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Mardi Gras Ezy Ticket scam?
I bought my ticket online from Ticketek as an Ezy ticket which is sent as a PDF file that I printed out. I wonder how many of those eBay tickets are Ezy tickets that are printed out from the same PDF file? It's OK if you're first through the door, pity about all the others that come later - so let the buyer beware!

dede
Currently listening to: NEET TO GET - MORE INK
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NMG sort out this MESS once and for ALL!
My goodness, what a mess. Not only are the scalpers selling the tickets for $1,000 on eBay, there are now tickets that have been "returned on consignment". What the hell does this matter mean??? We need some transparency here. The good news is that at least NMG are listening to the community.
Good to see that people can still have a good old fashioned discussion and debate.
BTW, the aim of a concert/event is not to "sell out", but rather to entertain by properly planning in order to accomodate as many people as possible in the confines of the venue. For a 21st or 30th you don't make provision for 10 people to come to the party!
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Extra Mardi Gras tickets
From the Mardi Gras website

There will be a very limited number of tickets released for sale later this week through Ticketek. Check back here for details about when they go on sale. Or sign up to the Mardi Gras newsletter to receive updates.
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mardi gras videos
hey gangsters!
thought you might like to check out the mardi gras videos from Pool Party, Fair Day and Harbour Party... now online at POPrepublic.tv's website

http://www.poprepublic.tv

xxx
Currently listening to: absolutely not - deborah cox - hex hector remix
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Have to agree with all the positive comments about Harbour Party. Also have to add what a surprise to get a huge bottle when I purchased some water. Not only that, but there were taps near the edge of the dance floor to top up for free. How sensible! Friendly punters, staff and police. Beautiful weather and fab music. if I had one negative, and it's very slight, it would be that the last dj didn't quite hit the mark with his music choices. Thanks for a great event Mardi Gras and best of luck with next weekend. x
Currently listening to: Eastenders - UK TV
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Jayson Forbes final track
Harbour Party was totally fab. Can anyone help me with the name of the final track Jayson Forbes played, which Alex TAylor also played later in the night? It's gonna be my Mardi Gras anthem for 2008.
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'Consignment' is when an allocation of tickets are ring fenced for a particular sales channel or customer group. That means that those tickets can not be sold as part of the general release of tickets.

I should imagine (from past volunteer work with NMG) the 'consignment' is the parade volunteer tickets which are 'sold' on the parade briefing day (and distributed after the parade on saturday).

Parade briefing took place on the weekend just gone which means that if not all of the parade volunteers elected to purchase their parade volunteer ticket there would be some left to sell over to the general public.

It would make sense given the timings.

Glad to see that NMG are doing everything in their power possible to enable people to get tickets.
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Kylie? Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God! I'd be in heaven. I love Kylie! I love Mardi Gras! I love Kylie AND Mardi Gras! :D
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"Glad to see that NMG are doing everything in their power possible to enable people to get tickets."

Good to see that NMG are doing everything in their power to ensure they don't deliver a loss to the membership is the real story.
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Yep I remember those days. Wasted great dancing time hanging around.

Now, if I'm there and it happens , great. If I miss it big deal. That sardinesville thing was very claustrophobic when waiting for Kylie that year. Almost freaked out and never did it again. Was stuck on the dance floor and couldnt move. Luckily when Kylie came on calmed down.

These boots are made for dancing not standing and standing and waiting :)
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Awww JGirl, you're so camp. I love it.
See you at MG! :)
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Was the Harbour Party footprint reduced because of a smaller crowd? I would hate to think that people didn't support it this year. If anything people should have stopped going to the party when Iris Group was running it a below standard level... but it always seemed to sell out for them. NMG made a real attempt to fix the problems from previous years and if they didn't get a good turn out then I think the wrong people were being punished
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its almost almost over.... just almost :)
There are ONLY 4 Days to Mardi Gras !

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There are ONLY 4 Days to Mardi Gras !

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There are ONLY 4 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are ONLY 4 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are ONLY 4 Days to Mardi Gras !

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There are ONLY 4 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are ONLY 4 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are ONLY 4 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are ONLY 4 Days to Mardi Gras !

There are ONLY 4 Days to Mardi Gras !

4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4 DAYS TO GO
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countdown boy are you admitting you are actually the infamous "Troughman" ????? god i wish there was a doco about the trough..a family orientted/hsitorical perspective of course.*snicker*.hehe enjoy the last few days of the count..
Currently listening to: You Are Alive - Fragma
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Are you the same person whinging on about NMG not having their act together ?

GIVE IT UP.

No one can bitch about not getting a ticket. They have been on sale for ages.

Trouble with todays society is they wont take responsibility for the own actions ( or in-action ).

Is Mardi Gras the only event where scalpers are demanding big $'s for tickets ? NO! happens at most musical and sports events.

And before you post find out what consignment is. It can be ticktets allocated for an overseas group or more than likely for the volunteers/parade attendees etc. Heard they have had to cut down a bit on number of people in some groups so there are probably left over tickets that they can sell instead of giving away for free.

and whats with " the aim of the concert/event is not to sell out " ??????????????????? you will never get a job with a promotions company.

Again music/dance/sports events all hope to sell out !

To entertain properly in order to accommodate the attendees you have to go by the rules of the venue and guess what ? they have a LEGAL limit. Oh and its not
10 people.

So get over your rant. Its so baseless its laughable.
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ebay tix
The people selling these tix are probably the same losers who used tp stand outside FOX, before they worked out how to use ebay.

They're not from our community, this is a business for them and they would have bought these tickets ages ago and if the party had not sold out, they would have stood outside FOX flogging them off to some desperate individual for a price far less than what they are now.

The best thing to do would be to not buy from ebay or do the fake bid thing, which alot of people do nowadays as ebay do bugger all about scalping. Or you can wait for the next release of unwanted consignment or for the night when the scalpers will be foreced to stand outside FOX and as tix may still be available you'll have more bargaining power.

Just remember where the extra $ are going people.

Thats a tidy profit for some loser from Penrith.

Scalping sucks.
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"BTW, the aim of a concert/event is not to "sell out", but rather to entertain by properly planning in order to accomodate as many people as possible in the confines of the venue. For a 21st or 30th you don't make provision for 10 people to come to the party"

There is not one promoter in the world who has the aim of not having a sold out event!

You are assuming (wrongly) that Mardi Gras has not negotiated all the extra space that the venue management will allow.

Personally I congratulate Mardi Gras for doing a fantastic job and for selling out a week in advance... Just like the first 20 Mardi Gras parties used to do!

Hopefully this person will get him/herself a ticket this week and stop these silly posts.
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Yeah and if you ran a party you'd be the promoter that oversells.

Get in line when the extra tickets go on sale and stop
bitching/formulating where they came from.
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Some people are not just losers from Penrith.

Some people have extra tickets, that they fell into because people have commitments and unexpected mishaps in life.

Some people are donating their profit to charity.

Oh, and then there's some people who get bitter and like to tar everyone with the same brush.
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Time, day, re: new ticket sales
Ok..so the rumours were true re; new tickets..seeing this wall is THE place for ticket info..can anyone now give us the "juice" about when they will go on sale meaning the exact day..time..and method..online? queues?? phone?? hope someone can, as always at this place,..enlighten...
Currently listening to: Flesh of My Flesh - Orange Juice
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I totally agree with your statement. Jayson Forbes' set was not up to scratch. Highlight was Scott Pullen's joyous set & watching the 2 Queens pass in the harbour.

Congratulations NMG on a great party!!!
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Does anyone know if that Qantas jumbo carrying Kylie has landed yet.
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im in heaven when i read your heavenly happy posts JGril. another fantastic, full of optimism and happyness post from you. please never stop and keep giving us more. we love you JGril mwah
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Your assumption that "some loser from Penrith" may be the beneficiary from scalping tickets is breathtakingly arrogant, narrow minded and pompous. Who's to say its not someone from "your community" within the confines of your salubrious surrounds who is profiting from these circumstances.
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Nana Mouskouri to close party......
Have just heard from a reliable source Nana Mouskouri has checked out of her nursing home in Greece and is heading our way to close the party with a rounding rendition of 'Kumbaya'.

This is gunna be really amazing well worth duoble the ticket price. She's my idol.
Currently listening to: Kumbaya My Lord, Kumbaya - Nana of course
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hey yeah! surely we must know someone that did the sector Singapore to Sydney??
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JGril?
Has JGirl changed her name to JGril?
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Cuuuuttte. :D Yay for the silly season being upon us. Did anyone go to see A 4 Letter Word last night? Full of lovely gay boys and me! :) Decent film for a tiny budget and schedule.
Currently listening to: Like a Drug - Kylie (of course)
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Where's Pam Ann

She'd be serving Kylie lines of coke in First Class now wouldn't she :P
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It cant be true i once met an ex of mine at the airport by the time I got home to Newtown from Mascot ten FU----queens had reported me to the current boy so theres no way shes getting in undetected.
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I read in the Thessaloniki wrag paper that she will be doing a hard rap rendition of her famous white roses of Athens.And by the way her new rap name is Muff Nana!!
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Nana hasn't checked out of the nursing home. She owns it as a side line business called "Krystal Haven".
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Also agree. Jayson was a bad choice for that party. Kate and Alex were just amazing and lots of fun. When Jayson started the mood and feel changed. It was like somebody turned off the fun and switched to serious ARQ/Shift music which in my opinion is not what the HP is all about.

rest of the party was brilliant
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Hope the beer's good!
With only days to go, the excitement is mounting...Oxford St is gay again with all the blow-ins from interstate and overseas. Rainbow flags are hanging in shop windows (apart from Starbucks - evil corporate chain - shareholders probably object to rainbow flags). Got some milk crates for the parade (scarce as hen's teet in the village at the mo) Swim got some lollies for the party. Dome DJ lineup looks set to rock my socks off (apart from my hero Sveta playing too early in the night)....

...All that could possibly ruin the night is if the only beer they're selling is that putrid, awful, awful, american stuff with the unpronouncable name they had at Fair day. That and if the other 19999 people forget to show up.
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I don't know for sure but I suspect Saturday morning after final tally done. I also suspect, again don't know, that due to it being on party day it will be counter sales only. No phone or internet as they pulled phone and internet sales of Harbour on Saturday the day before. Just an educated guess and I expect boys will be queuing over night. Very un-gay to queue me thinks.
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the additional tickets is on the mardi gras website mate.
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What exactly did happen with the choice of beer at Fairday? Which brand is so awful that 20 people have mentioned it?
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it was pretty obvious. jayson's music choice is nowhere close to what harbour party is about. neither any of the chosen previous years. kate, alex & scott are known for playing nice sunday sunset classy music. the last dj's music sounded cheap and commercial. this type of sound is usually delivered only at arq serving our western suburbs citizens.
overall great party, apart from the poor closing set dj choice.
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Michelob is an official sponsor which is why you saw it at fair day along with 42 Below Vodka.

A little know fact is that New Mardi Gras do not make a single cent from the bar takings at Mardi Gras Party nor do they control what is sold. The venue management run the bars and thus take all the profit. They have existing arrangments in place with suppliers so unless Michelob is a sponser of Playbill you wont see it there.

Oh and if you don't like the bar prices please dont blame Mardi Gras!
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Hehe... so what did Jayson play?

Guess: The Veronicas?

But which one???
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guess 2: the one thats always on the left
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or if just 10% of that 19999 decide the Hordern too fluffy for them and decide to head over to Dome for some harder stuff.
Thats been my biggest worry since the changed Hordern over to Trance.
Sure Trance will fill the Hordern just like Hard styles have in the past.
I just dont think Dome will cope.
It gets way too hot in there and gets too dangerous for your health.
But will be there with you :)
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Mardi Gras is almost here.......
I's getting really exciting now with only three days to go. Weather will clear for a beautiful parade and party night. Bring it on Sydney.
Watch all those vistors start arriving in next few days and Friday night is gunna be a huge buzz on Oxford St.
Wooo Hooo!!!
Currently listening to: Getting more excited by every minute.
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Mardi Gras Festival Bar
So.... the offical Mardi Gras festival bar is upstairs @ Will & Tobys. Has anyone been up there? Nothing has really been done to the place. No MG signs - no MG staff, nothing for interstate or international guests to really know that they are actually at the offical festival bar. Its all a bit lacklustre really and it could have been great. It all seems like no real though has been put into it.
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Jayson Forbes is an awesome DJ!! God some people are so quick to diss... get up there and do a better job yourself next time!!
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No abusing me OK

anyone have updated info if anymore tickets going on Sale ?

was going away for work and now dont have to so thats why hoping they do release some more.
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Really thats craP!!

Considering it is the 30th it should be way over the top.....

But in saying that have you seen columbian and stonewalls decorations!! They are simply embarassing!
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it ain't over until the fat lady sings
I disagree with most of the postings about the music at the harbour party and in defence of myself, a western suburubs citizen who did his first sleaze in 1989 and his first mardi gras in 1990, and in defence of jayson forbes for playing commercial/arq/midnight shift music I would think that's exactly what a sunday afternoon harbour party should be all about - boppy, happy, soul-uplifting music. I for one found the other djs too into deep heavy house more suited to a phoenix party and apart from jayson this year I thought the djs and music were better at last year's party.
p.s. I am not straight and I am not a ticket scalper but I do see things and the tea leaves never lie but now and again they get the timing wrong.
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Pssst..look out on Saturday night for Hugh Jackman doing a knees up little number with our lovely queens.
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Just Say No To Drugs!
Here in Sydney, The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras party & parade is coming up on Saturday and it is tradtionally a time for much drug taking. AcidJasmine brings timely advice to those people who choose to go down that path of wrongdoing and pain.....

Click on the link for true inspiration

http://acidjasmine.blogspot.com/2008/02/just-say-no.html
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...on the other hand the second floor of taxi club has been completely turned into Manacle. the decorations, friendly manacle staff, cheap drinks, even the spider web. ....and no one goes either.
whatever you do, you'll never win!
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Manacle is at the Taxi everynight this week except for after the mardi gras parade and they boys have done a great job with the nightclub area. Check the manacle website for details as they have Bent this weekend at well.
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I think one problem with Manacle is that they didn't advise anywhere that there was a covercharge. I was a bit surprised myself, but paid it anyway (my friend didn't want to so I paid for him too); only to enter a fairly empty space that we didn't want to stay in.
Currently listening to: Tribulations (tiga mix) - LCD Soundsystem
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Thanks! After wathcing that vid I just flushed all my stuff and am going to start a new life right away!
Currently listening to: Technologic - Daft Punk
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Truly inspirational acid......I will stick with the pills don't wunna end up looking like one of those geeks....
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LMAO!

Tongue in cheek!
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HP
I for one loved my time at Harbour Party. Agreed I felt pretty eager to leave when the last DJ sent the music to a place I prefer never to visit, so I did:) But, I loved Scott Pullen's lighter summer beats, and then he jumped the pressure up a bit with some sexyfunky house. Kate and Alex always stars, rocked it to be sure.

It may have been disappointing to some that the attendance was lower than the past years, but Harbour Party (original) was never huge like the awful Azure events, and so I was more than pleased to see this event restored to its former fantastic self!

I danced, I flirted, I chatted, and everyone gazed at the twilight boat changeover as if it were the most astonishingly beautiful thing they'd ever seen. There was a very special and friendly vibe on Sunday, and the weather was perfection.

To those who missed out on the fun, worry less about taking piles of pills to parties, and think more about bringing your own special selves. You'll have fun!!!

See you next year... looking forward to a fun MG on Saturday!!!!!!!! Congratulations to the much criticised NMG Party Committees for rising to the challenge and proving all doubters totally wrong, and... ticketless! Those who missed out will learn not to be too cool for school in 2009! So you better work on extending the total capacity of Fox, even if we need to book out the carpark!!!
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jake87
does anyone know how long the sniffer dogs will be at the gate of the party? any suggestions to avoid them or detection? thx
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what is Bent?
are they doing the manacle day club / recovery as well?
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oh yeah, check the manacle website for details.

C'mon people show the manacle guys your support!
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Just walk in and be yourself.... If you need to take anything in, that's the risk you take....

Aside from that if you are sensible it should be an issue!
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This goes down as my funniest Mardi Gras post!!!!

Darl BENT is the dayclub LMAO!
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News.com.au Mardi Gras Special ( its actually really quite good)
Wow!. News Limited embracing Mardi Gras. We would not have seen that some years back. Now, thanks to News.com.au they have an interactive feature.

http://www.news.com.au/feature/ranke...016087,00.html
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sorry - bad link

http://www.news.com.au/feature/ranked/1,,5016087,00.html
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More Mardi Gras tickets go onsale this Friday at noon:
http://www.samesame.com.au/news/local/2030/Final-Party-Tickets-On-Sale-Friday.htm
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Scalping
...

Bourget also reminded party-goers of the dangers of purchasing tickets through eBay and other internet sites.

“NMG does not agree with the scalping of tickets. It is a condition of purchase that Mardi Gras Party tickets may not be resold at a premium.

“We are currently working with our partners and are cancelling those tickets which we find are being resold at a premium.”

“If you have purchased a scalped ticket, you do so at your own risk and should be aware that it may have already been cancelled.”
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Thats great to stop scalping, although I do feel slightly sorry for the poor punter who just wanted to attend! But in saying that these tix have been onsale for ages...
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only 3 sleeps to go!!
woo hoo!!!
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'C'mon people show the manacle guys your support!'

A bit hard to do when people are still working this week and most visitors dont start arriving until tomorrow onwards.

Place will be packed I am sure fom Thursday night onwards.
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friday last chance to party
Tick will be on sale at noon friday .
only one tick per person
see mardi gras web site
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Phelps and girlf just sound like old gays who have gone past their partying days and think everyone else should.

Of course they forget there is a whole new young generation coming out who enjoy the partying.

Also the party is a pretty good cash cow.

I agree the Parade is getting tired but thats about the only thing I agree on with them.

Just annoys me when people move on from their wild partying days they think the whole world should or worse still look down their nose at you as if your poison cause you still enjoy it.

Maybe they should think back to what their parents said to them when they were young and then realise they are just sounding like their parents.

Oh and I'm in early 50's and enjoy my parties. Dont party every weekend only about 5 or 6 times a year and thoroughly enjoy it.

Most know the Parade and certain aspects have to evolve but offer some suggestions instead of saying "evolve".
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Members Tickets
Can someone tell me if you have bought your members tickets can the member take the other person they bought the other ticket for into the members only areas or is that only available to the actual member.
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Third Members Lounge just added!
From todays Mardi Gras email....

Due to the massive growth in membership we’ve gone back to the drawing board and are pleased to announce that there will now be not one, not two but three Members Lounges at your Mardi Gras Party. Members Lounges will operate inside the RHI, Dome as well as an outside Marquee. The RHI and Dome Members Lounges come complete with their own bars and chill out space while the Members Marquee will feature three hot DJ’s playing just for you - Sandi Hotrod, Kitty Glitter and Dan Buhagiar.
Don’t forget, to gain access to the Member’s Lounges and Marquee you will need to show you wristband which you will only receive as you pass through the members express entrance to the party. We remind you that if any of the Members Lounges reach capacity entry may be restricted for safety reasons. Please note that there will be no Members Lounge in the Forum this year.
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Margaret, Craig and Shane to lead the parade…
From todays Mardi Gras email

A few months ago, two boys were walking home after a night out. As they held hands they were set upon and one of them was left for dead. The assailants then rang his mother on his mobile phone to tell her that “We killed your faggot son”.

Craig and Shane come back to Oxford Street for the first time this Saturday and we ask you to show them your support. This time, 10,000 supporters behind them will form a Parade train 6km long.

The 2008 Chief of Parade is Margaret Cho, one of the most critically acclaimed comedians of our time. Leave the milk crates for the milko, get there early and travel by public transport.
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well who is gonna tell MG that they bought a tkt at a premium knowing that it could be cancelled. There goes the $500 they spent on the tkt. Completely unenforceable condition of sale though i agree with the sentiment. Scalping has to be stopped and I hope police will move them on from the enterance area. I think it is digusting that gay boys would rip off other gay boys especially at MG time when we should be celebrating as a community.
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Yes you can

The email says only tickets with "Members" are allowed through the members entrance. I checked mine and they both have "members" on them. Just make sure you and your friend go through the members entrance and get your wrist band.

Happy Mardi Gras!
Currently listening to: The Things You Say - Cicada
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crossing the parade route?
i'll be coming to watch the parade in the members viewing area on gilligans island. but i'm coming from the east.

does anyone know up until what time you can cross the parade route so i can get from the east side to gilligans island?

thanx
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Time for BBC to make two more episodes of their 'Grumpy Old'series:

Grumpy Old Dykes and Grumpy Old Poofs.
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In previous years, you can pretty much cross the parade route at the end of Moore Park Road where it meets Flinders up until about 6:30pm-7:00pm. Best is to go down Moore Park Road then across Flinders and take Bourke back up to Taylor Square.
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There are crossing points up to about 6 or 7 pm I think. Wouldn't get there much later than that.
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Limited Party tickets on sale this Friday!
Got this from last nights Mardi Gras email...

Announcing details of a limited release of Party tickets. The tickets represent the unused amounts which we set aside for purchase by our volunteers after this week’s volunteer briefing days. These tickets are not an additional release and do not represent an increase to the current agreed capacity.

A strictly limited amount of full price and concession tickets will go on sale at NOON (Sydney time), Friday 29th February 2008 and will only be available through Ticketek outlets and the Ticketek hotline on 132 849. To reduce the risk of scalping, ticket sales will be limited to one per person and tickets will not be available for purchase over the internet. Please note that the allocation of member priced tickets has been exhausted. No member priced tickets will be available in this final allocation.

We also reminded party-goers of the dangers of purchasing tickets through eBay and other internet sites. New Mardi Gras does not agree with the scalping of tickets. It is a condition of purchase that Mardi Gras Party tickets may not be resold at a premium. We are currently working with our partners and are cancelling those tickets which we find are being resold at a higher price. If you have purchased a scalped ticket, you do so at your own risk and should be aware that it may have already been cancelled.

No tickets to Mardi Gras party will be available for sale on the door.
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The wristbands for the Members Lounges (there will be three Lounges this year) are only available via the members entrance gates. If you're a member or have a member ticket that a member bought you and pass through the other gates you'll miss out. Here are the instructions from the Mardi Gras' email last night...

Members should use the members express entrance when you arrive at the party - just look for the signs. Only tickets with the word “members” printed on them will be allowed entry via these gates. If you are a member and have purchased a concession ticket you will need to bring your New Mardi Gras membership card with you to gain access. As you pass through we’ll give you a special wristband which is your ticket into the exclusive Members Lounges and Marquee.

Members Lounges will operate inside the RHI, Dome as well as an outside Marquee. The RHI and Dome Members Lounges come complete with their own bars and chill out space while the Members Marquee will feature three hot DJ’s playing just for you - Sandi Hotrod, Kitty Glitter and Dan Buhagiar. We remind you that if any of the Members Lounges reach capacity entry may be restricted for safety reasons. Please note that there will be no Members Lounge in the Forum this year.
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enjoy enjoy!
sadly for the first time in years I won't be there for the parade and party. we didn't come back this time and are battling a long winter instead. have a wonderful time everyone, 30 years and still going strong - yes it's all still relevant! Can't wait to read all your reviews and gossip. greetings and Happy Mardi Gras from zürich, xxx sk and flowers.
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We live in Surry Hills and got a letter drop from MG. It says there will be crossing points till 7.00 after that the road will be closed. Make sure you get there wll before 7.00 and you'll be fine.
Currently listening to: Nothing Yet - Too Early
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Weather
The BOM forecast for Saturday is "Shower or two"

Their definition of shower is "Precipitation, often short-lived (but may last half an hour) and heavy, falling from convective clouds. Usually begin and end suddenly."

I can live with that. Often when it says showers you don't get anything, hope it turns out that way, I'm in the parade for the first time in years!
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Wild rumours
Excitement builds and so does the rumours.
So at midnight Kylie comes on and sings her new single "Wow" that she performed at the Brit Awards. She goes off and gets changed into those gold hotpants etc. Danni comes on and sings her single. Then rips her velcro top and skirt off to reveal a sort of leather girl rock girl look. Kylie comes back on and the both sing "Sisters are doing it for themselves".
At 2AM Cyndi Lauper sings an uptempo ballad, then "Girls just wanna have fun".
At 8AM Olivia sings "Physical" and finishes with "Xanadu" with confetti cannons going of in the last bar of music.
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Entrances
Quick question for anybody in the know.
Which side will the entrance be this time?
I'm guessing the park side, not the carpark side, since Fox and Lion pub is being used...
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Great rumour... maybe not 100% pratical, but I love it!
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General and member entrance is on the Driver Ave side, in between the RHI and Hordern. Performer and service provider entrance is on the Errol Flynn Bld side, on the northern corner of the RHI.
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Driver Ave as per previous years
full map avail at http://www.mardigras.org.au/attachment/pages/MG08_PartyMap1.pdf
Currently listening to: boombox (la riot mix) - kylie
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xtra ticket quantity??
anyone have the juice about how many tix will go on sale tommorow??? 1000??? 500???
Currently listening to: You Are Alive - Fragma
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"anyone have the juice about how many tix will go on sale tommorow??? 1000??? 500???"

DONT hold your breath. It's likely to be around 300 at most from what i've been told
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Yep will not be many so get there quick!

Hopefully this will eliviate those horrid scalpers from making stupid prices and profit on these tickets.

Excellent work Mardi Gras!!!
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Sniffer Dogs - Jake87
I work in the drug and alcohol field and quite a majority of arrests lately have been when there is a presence from Marijuana on the person suspected.

My suggestion is that if you don't want any potential problems with sniffer dogs anywhere in the city on Saturday night, do not smoke or have any marijuana prior to entering a venue. Those cute and cuddly labradors are quite good at sniffing the green happy herb however not so good at detecting other drugs.

Being in possession of illegal substances is a risk at anytime and no precautions can be totally foolproof.

That being said, Happy 30th Mardi Gras to all my brothers and Sisters, see you under the mirrorball!!!
Currently listening to: Who really Care
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I think the price of tickets on ebay has already crumbled and lots people won't honour their bids.

To those that are ripped off by scalpers on ebay by fake or cancelled tickets; I hope they will pursue a complaint because from what I understand, they might be able to get their money back if the seller is on paypal.
Currently listening to: Blue Monday - New Order
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Yep they can totally get there money back through the system, even I think EBAY has a refund policy under $1000 I believe.

But it still doesn't get to the party unfortunately!!!

It simply boils down to a little prior planning before hand (getting your tickets early), prevents a piss poor performance later (missing out!).

They have been on sale for ages, so really a lot of these people only have themselves to blame!

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!!

PS What is going on with this weather????
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Weather
The forecast for Saturday has been changed to Mostly Fine max 21.
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Just told from a mate at QF the pet shop boys are on QF2 arrive tomorrow morning via Bangkok. they gotta be here for MG... if not performing coming along to party. i reckon they're the closing show.
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don't bet on it.
ebay washes their hands on these situations where ver possible - unless they have paid by paypal and even then its a drama.
you would be surprised at how many loopholes their are - until you get stung.
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Posters from Yesteryear
Panther, just wanted to sat thank you for displaying posters from MG's past..my fave is 1996..was my first MG..love the old 70's / 1980 ones...
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Also I would find an outlet where you will be first in line.

If you go to somewhere like Hum there will be a long queue and chances are you will miss out.

Here is the link to the other outlets:

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/Content/Outlets/agencies_nsw.aspx
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Nana Rumour
Just heard a rumour from a mate who works at "Direct flights to Malta"..Nana (Mous) has been sighted hopping (sorry..wheeled) onto a Cessna @ Athens International...She should be here in 6mths...ready to sing "Kumbya" at RHI....PS gotta love those Kamahl ads for the WWE on FOX8..i wish Randy Orton was coming to Mardi Gras...smirk..
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Just heard Wolverine himself will be in a show. Yummmm Hugh Jackman
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Well just finished the waxing :) only a few hairs for me so better to go this way.
Dont wanna give anyone a furball :)

Hoping it is going to be cool on Sat night, not raining but cool.
Dome ends up a sauna and just unbearable after awhile but its my Hall.
Hope it doesnt get too packed with ex Hordern people.

So busting for some good tribal/hard/dirty/sexy music.
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OMG!!!
This is NOT a rumour. kylie and her entourage arrived in sydney to day 2pm.
I'm think kylie and danni doing 'sisters' at 3am RHI
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Doesnt really matter if it rains, after the ball we had at Lismore for Trop Fruits, in fact it helped us keep cool and we got free water to boot. Nothing like the slippery slide in a mud bath with friends(or strangers)on the grass.
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oh noooo, this is such a missinformation!!!! there should be a law against this!!! kylie and her sister will be doing 3.25 am show!!!! everyone knows that.
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3am is the time for the Olivia Xanadu number

Mind you I'm starting to think I won't be catching any shows in the RHI because it will be jam packed all night, VERY hot (probably dangerously so simply due to the crowd), and to stand there for hours for just 5 minutes of ONJ is crazy.
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more show rumours
Hugh Jackman - I go to rio (note that this was #1 in 1977)
David Campbell & Carlotta - I am what I am
Mr G - Naughty Girl
Paulini - ????
ONJ - Xanadu
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make up for mardi gras
hi does anyone know where you could get your make up done on sat evening for the parade and party around paddo darlo or the city?
thanks!
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go to Napoleon at Myer
they do a fab job!

see you at the party
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ITS ALMOST HERE.............. IT IS !!!!!!! CAN U BELIEVE IT ??????????
There is JUST ONE DAY TO MARDI GRAS

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There is JUST ONE DAY TO MARDI GRAS

ONLY 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 DAY TO A SOLD OUT MARDI GRAS !!!!!!!!!
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No I cant believe it!!! Hope you guys and girls all enjoy the party, its going to be a once in a life time event!
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Bring on Mardi Gras Sydney
Woo Hoo its getting really exciting now, only one more sleep to the biggest party in Sydney.....weather looks to be good for it too:

Saturday
Mostly fine.
City: Min: 15 Max: 21

Sunday
Mostly fine.
City: Min: 16 Max: 22

Monday
Fine.
City: Min: 16 Max: 24

Can't wait......hello to all my friends from os and interstate. Catch you all out and about tonight and at the parties.
Currently listening to: Don't Rain On My Parade - Bobby Darin
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MG ticket release
Just saw about 12 guys lining up outside the Ticketek office in the record shop on Oxford street at 7:30am.
Currently listening to: True Faith (remix) - New Order
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Agnelli & Nelson interview
Small excerpt from an interview about their Mardi Gras performance...

So what’s featuring in your sets at the moment?

It’s changing all the time as far as tracks go, but the main thing for us is to rock the crowd, they are the ones who matter and if they’re happy then that’s the job done. But we try to make it as uplifting as possible, so expect ‘hands in the air’ with a lot of quality tunes and we always play a classic or two.
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so very good for Kylie but I do not dream any more.
I 'll see you in 30 h .
For us will be a ball
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i lost HUGE 8kgs for MG. how many did you??
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No Longer a rumor
Sorry but i have to blab...

I have just seen Kylie yes Kylie.... on Danks St in Waterloo, she got out of a 'HC' Rego black X5 BMW. She looks so good.

She was with another girl and a really hot boy, i think he is the best friend......

So fricking happy.......OMG OMG OMG......Its gonna be a mental party i think...Thank you Mardi Gras

Brett
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http://angelcitysdevil.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=564&Itemid=2

watch this news clip. camp !
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This is wonderful news but almost too stressful for words too, as long as we don't know what time and where, what the hell are we supposed to do!?!?!? I can't cope! If I miss Kylie, there'll be some serious tanties thrown! :D
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Mardi Gras feature from news.com.au
http://www.news.com.au/feature/ranked/1,,5016087,00.html
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Mardi Gras Tix
Hope all those boys and girls queueing up at all the Ticketek offices managed to get a ticket each and rub it into the scalpers.

See you all at Sydney's biggest gay & lesbian dance party.
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Sydney's Mardi Gras 2008
Hi all,

Yes, Mardi Gras 2008 is finally here! and at news.com.au we decided to celebrate the event's 30th birthday with a multimedia special.

If you would like to view it, here it is:
http://www.news.com.au/feature/ranked/1,,5016087,00.html

(it features historic reports, interviews, photos and lots more)

Otherwise, have a great day and a great Mardi Gras!

Cheers,
Globetrotting Aussie :D
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additional tix
Additional tix has sold out after 5 mints or something. :(
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WOWOWOWOW!!! Words can no longer describe how excited i am!!! Not getting my hopes up about kylie... But who am i KIDDING!!! LOL I was one of the lucky few that just got a ticket this morning... I bought mine MONTHS ago but had it stolen from me recently... Unfortunate yes... but No chance i was missing out tho! I lined up for hours!! Cant wait!!
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NMG GOODBYE
Thanks NMG..Thanks for trumpeting the 3oth anniversary...thanks for releasing "5" extra tickets for the nearly 1000's who missed out this morning...the reason why this year is a sell-out is only due to the 30th...nothing more..its not about getting back to where it was..it will never be that and after missing out today on tix i hope it never does..you should have booked a bigger venue..made a bigger space...as a gay person i want to celebrate with my community..but on sat nite i wont be able to due to the 'sell out" and baby NMG has sold out bigtime on the community.. i know for a fact heaps of straights are going..so b4 anyone says "tough titties" im saying a lot of straights have soaked up a lot of tix...I will never be associated with this "new wave" of mardi gras its become like everything else..its a disgrace to the old 78ers who didnt need ticketek or the words "sold out" or barricaded spaces where only those who had a ticket could enter...if this is what being gay is about in 2008 forget it im outta here.. outta pinkboard and just out..i feel like dorothy when she gets home and realises it was only a dream....and Marcus B when u read this think of the people you have let down bigtime this year..shame on you....and dont worry there are heaps of people out there who think the same...the people who partied on the cliffs last week had the right idea..its time for people to take their pleasure into their own hands and not have it regulated..fenced off..ticketed.."orgainised"...the age of the death of fun is rampant in 2008...
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Seven minutes!
Same Same is reporting the leftover Mardi Gras tickets sold out.... in SEVEN minutes!

Frig. :|

Hope everyone got theirs!
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Don't want to disappoint you but I can tell you absolutely Kylie is not performing. It's Madonna.
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MATE IF IT WAS THAT IMPORTANT TO YOU TO ATTEND THE PARTY WHY DIDNT YOU BUY A TICKET WEEKS AGO! we pay for the party to have an organised space where we can safely party (unlike on the side of a cliff)!!! And as for straight people going, how can u discriminate when the very thing your screaming for is equal rights. Many straight people want to go support and party with their mates and their mates want them there too. its not a closed community i think the support of staright people is great, isnt that what we want??
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This is not true. kylie in waterloo you must be joking.The party will be fantastic but whithout kylie she is in europe preparing her show in Paris in may.
Currently listening to: wow - kylie
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Please, cheer up would you? There are plenty of recovery parties to go to and they are quite often better than the big party.

Organising an event like MG where the amount of people attending swings up and down over 10 000 can hardly be easy can it?

Also, the 78'ers didn't have a party; started in 1980 didn't it?
Currently listening to: High School- Jamaican Boa - Tiga
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Edith Piaf performing this 30th
No kylie at mardi gras but Edith Piaf, dans la vie en rose.BLABLABLABLABLA
Currently listening to: francois
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Sounds like someone has sour grapes,you knew damn well how long tickets have been on sale for and if you could not be bothered to save beforehand like many people would have shame on you.....I bet if you had got your ticket things would be different.
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RE: NMG GOODBYE
To all those people who want to winge and bitch about not getting their ticket, you have no one to blame but yourself, so take some responsibility for for own actions and stop the blame game just because you are angry at yourself. GROW UP........
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Sold out after only two tickets were released at an outer suburban Ticketek agency early this afternoon. Rest of queue waited patiently for over half an hour while processing took place but continually unable to get through. I might be wrong but lucky two did not appear remotely gay but then again I might be wrong.
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Get off ya horse PRINCESS!

So for the last 4 months these tickets have been available, have you been on the moon or sitting around with your fingers up your bum????

People that missed out, I'm sorry to be cruel is nothing more than yourself to blame.

No venue is unlimited!!! So a bigger venue what happens if that sells out?? Your stupid comment, makes me laugh and laugh and be much happier that someone so negative and jealous will not ruin everyones party experience on the night!

Have fun wathcing TV, the rest of us 20,000 + organised poofs and lesbians will be having a ball!

Enjoy!
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Back in the early-mid 90's when the parties were supposedly at their peak they would sell out 6 weeks in advance. There is no surprise that the 30th anniversary party sold out, and your sour grapes over missing out will do nothing to dampen the spirits of those who bought early, expecting that the anniversary bash would sell out, as it has done.
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Yawn.

Welcome to the noughties.

Who cares if straights are coming? If they're there to have fun with their gay brothers and sisters, what's it to you?

You should have got in quicker.
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No no no. It'll be Marylin Monroe singing Happy Birthday.
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Happy Mardi Gras from San Francisco
To all of my fantastic gay brothers and sisters in Sydney and all of Australia, I want to wish you a fantastic Mardi Gras celebration. Unfortunately, I won't be there to celebrate with you this year, but, please let the Party go on and do it as only YOU can do it. You are all wonderful and please enjoy the festivities that you have so uniquely created. I'll be checking in to read the reports of the weekend and to relive my great memories of past Mardi Gras celebrations.
Currently listening to: Love Rush - Ann Margret
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Yeah who cares if they laugh at you whilst you dance with your boyfriend.
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Yeah who cares if they laugh at you and then pelt you with bottles when they see you dancing with your boyfriend. I know I wouldn't care.....
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If they pelt you with bottles call security. They are there to ensure a peaceful party.
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HAPPY Mardi Gras!!!!!!!
Lets end all this bickering.....its Mardi Gras,

I just want to wish all my GLBTQ family a very heartfelt 'Happy Mardi Gras'.

Tommorow night is our night, tommorow night Oxford St is ours again, lets have a ball and be a proud community and a strong community, not a bitchy one

Thank you in advance Anna/Marcus, the Board, all at NMG HQ and the 1000's of fantastic vollies.
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Yay! Yay! Yay!! That's all I can say!! YAAAY!!
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It's an interesting self-obsessed age we live in when people leave it to the last minute to buy a ticket and then attack Mardi Gras when they miss out.

It's called personal responsibility.

And I have to question how much you really wanted to be at the party (that you knew was going to attract a lot of interest) if you left it to the last week to buy a ticket. The Mardi Gras email updates which anyone can receive for free were warning for some time that tickets were selling fast and they even issued warnings in the days before the party sold out to let people know.

Next time get your ticket early like the rest of us!
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SHOULD WE USE TICKETEK TO SELL MARDI GRAS TICKETS
Before I start I want to say that I bought my mardi gras ticket 6 weeks ago, so I am not personally affected.

However, This morning I was out at Blacktown on some personal business. At about 11.30am I was in the shopping complext at Westpoint Blacktown doing my stuff when I came up with the snap idea that I might pop up to the Hoyts complex on level 4 and see if I could pick up another Mardi Gras ticket as a favour for a mate of mine who lost his ticket a week or so back.

Upon arriving in the Hoyts foyer where the Ticketek Agency is at 11.35am I was greeted with a line of about 25 people who were all waiting for the chance to buy a MG ticket.

Let me say this - Most of these people were clearly NOT members of "our" community. Definitely not the type of people that should be getting tickets ahead of gays and lesbians who missed out.

Anyway, I waited in line until 12.00, then the Ticketek system froze up and by 12.15 all tickets were sold out and from what I can tell only the first person in line got a ticket. Personally I thought that was good karma that these people missed out, i hope more poofs and lesbians got tickets from other outlets.

The point of this post is to debate the appropriateness of Ticketek to handle ticket sales for NMG given that its open slather with the straight community as well as the dirty fuc-ing scalpers.

In an ever changing world I suppose we need Ticketek to handle this for NMG but I for one would suggest its HIGH TIME that our party ticket sales go back to a members only can purchase system. At least that will stop the scalpers and it also will stop innappropriate persons who have no connection or affiliation with "our" community from attending "our" dance party.

Please discuss.
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Party Gossip
Was just down at Entertainment Quarter. The RHI had a number of huge air-conditioning units outside with ducts going in through the windows. Looks like they will be cooling the RHI down.

Also the Members Marquee was being set up next to the Forum and looked huge. I think Members will be pleasantly surprised with the size of this new space.

Meanwhile Channel 10 just had a news story on Mardi Gras and showed a glimpse inside the RHI. Looks like its in keeping with the Discotarium theme with mirror balls throughout and a giant one as a centrepiece.

I cant wait for this party!
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Unfortunately if you hold an event at Fox you use Ticketek. Its all part of the deal now. Until we locate an alternate space to hold MG parties we are stuck with it. There is no where else that this type of party can be held. Homebush is an option but I don't think it would work.
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If we are "Stuck" with ticketek then NMG seriously need to re-consider that Ticket purchases are for members only. It might not cut out all of the scalpers and undesirables, but it will certainly get rid of a fair chunk of them
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Show Times
http://www.samesame.com.au/news/local/2041/Mardi-Gras-Party-Show-Times.htm
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What to wear
One of the greatest questions that many face is what to wear to the party. Here are some suggestions
- jeans and t-shirt
- jeans and t-shirt and a fake tan
- jeans and t-shirt
- topless with jeans and t-shirt shoved down the back
- jeans and t-shirt
- ripped jeans and t-shirt
- jeans and t-shirt
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Any hints/tips guys for a last minute ticket ?
Its for a best friend was going on conference , it got cancelled at last minute leaving him with no chance to get a ticket.

As its a best friend I have to try :)

Thanks
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Hehehe good choices. Something comfortable for sure. Although it is nice seeing what everyone can come up.

Singlet and shorts for me. :)
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No to face tan unless its an expert job.

Some will look orange with the lighting in the halls !
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Weather forecast is 15 - 21 degrees for Saturday, so, maybe a bit cold for shorts.

Go for comfort is the best advice.
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To all those who so joyously have had a great time dissing the words i posted..i would have loved to have paid for a ticket weeks ago..but unlike you cashed up people.. i am a concession card holder and did not have anywhere near the money they are asking and was saving.. its taken me ages to save enough to get a ticket...sure im pretty disappointed about missing out in fact im devastated..but after thinking about it..a couple of points i wanna raise..u bet there are straights at this party tommorow and they are taking my place..i dont need to get straights approval..i really LOVE places where they are NOT..because everyday they are in my face and everyday they OWN every space..it has nothing to do with inclusion i'm just sick of a hetro world..i love being in GAY ONLY spaces...its called having a break...NMG should have really taken on extra planning due to the 30th anniversary..its not like past years.its rampant everywhere.. since when has media have to pay for accredidation??? (re media who wish to cover parade)that is an outrageous ask... since when do gay groups have to limit parade participant sizes???.. the concept of being a NMG member would have put paid to the scalpers and hetro's gaining tickets that should have gone to the right people...the F%$^#! you jack attitude is rampant here..so when you are on the floor tommorow night if you can, think of not just me but of the hundreds of others that missed out and when u see the straights there tommorow nite think about the places they have taken...im leaving this discussion..this weekend is going to suck bigtime..i hate being poor...
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when MG had the members only tkt policy there was scalping then. Scalpers just become members.
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I second this...also from San Francisco and was at the 20th anniversary, which will go down as one of the most magical nights of my life thus far. Have a wonderful time pinkboard readers, you're quite lucky and in for a wild ride! James in SF
Currently listening to: Xanadu - ONJ
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For me, it's not only whether to wear jeans and tshirt but which sneakers to wear with my jeans and tshirt! Will it be the green and gold Asics Tigers or the blue and yellow Asics Tigers or perhaps the blue Chuck Taylors or no, hang on, the black Chuck Taylors...
Decisions, decisions! Love it.
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At this wonderful time of year please spare a moment to reflect on the many millions of our brothers and sisters who live in societies around the world where being gay is not tolerated.
Scottie Weaver was one such person who recently in Missisippi at the tender age of 18 was strangled, stabbed, mutilated and set on fire.
People cry for not having a ticket to the party.
Around the world hundreds if not thousands are still being denied their humanity or worse being murdered in the name of religion or social norms.
This party does not just mean having a good time it also symbolises our determination to celebrate life in the face of discrimination, brutality and death.
In 1945 Auschwitz ended the Jewish holocaust. But for us it still continues!
In memoriam of those we have lost.
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Can't make it, but all the best anyway :)
Hi chaps. For the second year in a row I will be missing out on our marvellous, mythical monumental Mardi Gras. Distance issues, you know how it is.

But as before, I would love to be there on the night mixing it up with my family of choice, showing the world that we ain't going away. May your outfit be great, may it last the whole night. May you honour your friends, those with you and those who we have lost. May all your mates be in the exact meeting place at exactly the right time. May every single person hear their favourite song (mine would be Mary Kiani's 'I Imagine'). May you have a dance for me. And may you fall in love, whether it be for the first or umpteenth time.

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!!!!!
Currently listening to: What else? 'I Imagine' - Mary Kiani
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Well said.

Let's not forget to have a dance for our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world who don't have the luxury of celebrating their sexuality as we do.

:)

Happy Mardi Gras!!!!!
xoxox
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Oh please. I wont give a thought to you with with woe is me attitude.

You said you started saving up ? when ? its you not NMG who needed the extra planning.

NMG have done a wonderful job.

Oh and , I'm not rich either but I saved for this party and never time it close. I'm organised.

And ummmmmmmmmmmmmm you dont need straights approval ? where the #$@#$ does that come from ?
I will be dancing with a group of my straight friends and will really enjoy that time with them. We are FRIENDS and sexuality does not come into the picture at all. Actually I get way too many hugs from them than I do my gay friends. I love them , I love being out with them as much as I love being out with my gay friends.

I am sorry you can only survive in a totally gay world, it is your choice but dont ram home your choices to us. I would never want to live in a totally gay word and that is my choice.

and as for the line about the media have to pay for
accredidation ( spelt accreditation ) you have so lost me on that one.

Sour grapes does not read well on this board.
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Go the black ones. Can never go wrong with black.

Have worn black all leather super comfy shoes just just on 20 years now :)

Go the jeans and tshirt or shorts and tshirt. Might be cool on the night but you will appreciate it in the RHI and Dome. I think Dome is going to be way over packed and it gets like a Sauna in there.
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Ms Minogue sneaks in!
Just back from Fox Studios - saw the Kylie rehearsal - IN THE HORDEN - it's gonna blow peoples minds
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Happy Mardi Gras
Happy 30th MArdi Gras Everyone, 1 sleep to Go!
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Is selling through ticketek really the issue?
Dear Herring,
I wish to discuss your article regarding selling MG Party tickets to an appearance based buyer. It is interesting that you label people as clearly not members of our community based on their appearance. This attitude of indifference is completely biased, ignorant, stereotypical and unjust.

It may be a good time at this moment to reflect on what those people who had gone before us in 1978 were marching for? I question whether they were marching for a community to look a certain way or actually were they in fact marching for rights and recognition of equality.

This stereotypical opinion that exists within our community infuriates me as I believe it is the exact opposite of what we are trying to achieve, what the 30th Anniversary Mardi Gras is all about! This is a celebration of what we have achieved and just how far we need to go in the future.

This example is of ties pulling us apart rather than bringing us together, we need unity not uniformity. It is with this post I ask all of us to look at what has been said and reflect on it as we approach tomorrow night.

Let’s all join together no matter what we look like, celebrate and party!

Happy 30th Mardi Gras
Currently listening to: Black Tears - Powderfinger
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So you missed out on a ticket to the 30th Anniversary Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Party & you only have yourself to blame.

To pick out an individual & attempt to make him look &/or feel bad for being partly responsible for an event that has reached it's capacity shows your arrogance for not buying a ticket when the opportunity was available to you.

To pretend that the '78ers' back your argument is purely laughable.

PLEASE ACCEPT RESPONIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN INACTION.

Happy Mardi Gras everyone! (including all those that missed out on tickets to the party).

.....oh......& "goodbye".

*waves with a smile*
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I have it on good authority that Sinead O'Connor was just trying to throw everyone off the scent with her remarks in last weekend's paper. She's performing The Loco-motion in The Dome at 3 -- don't miss it!
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Think the trance version of Time Will Pass You By performed live by Miss Minogue. :)

This is going to ROCK.
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The small print about the loos
From the Mardi Gras site:

To avoid overcrowding, the toilets downstairs in the Hordern Pavilion have been designated men-only toilets. The nearest women's toilets are located inside the main dance floor on the right hand side.

:)
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Kylie in the Hordern
Just in from Fox. ITS KYLIE with the Chemical Brothers....but in the Hordern. They are performing SLOW. I was so surprised. Fantastic neon set design.

Can't Wait!!!!!
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ha! well i've just come back from the rhi where I saw Chelsea Bun giving dancing lessons to Beyonce.

That girl is truly gifted. Her moves are inspiring. How anyone can KNOW the choreography so well but still be a half a beat behind the rest of the cast is a unique and invaluable skill.

Only kidding. Chelsea you were tops! and thanks for bringing a smile to me and the choreographers face. you so totally rock!

PS teh show is just amazing.

Im so excited! The RHI looks f7cking AMAZING!!!!!!!!
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THE DAYS COUNTDOWN IS OVER ...., Now Its in the hours !!!
There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !

There are NO DAYS to Mardi Gras. It's TODAY !
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if you can get him, call hillary daniels for makeup. He did mine one year. I still looked great when channel 7 filmed me leaving the party at 9am. Find him on myspace http://www.myspace.com/hillarydanielsmakeup
Currently listening to: black coffee - KD Lang
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Happy 30th Folks - hope you get why we are doing this and the work still to go. Party safe.

PS The party looks and sounds great... and Toybox will make Sunday so memorable.
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hello jgirl,
a close member of my family has been diagnosed with a very nasty thing. i wish i could swap for your problems. you have such a great and easy life. i wish i could be chosing shoes for mg instead of looking after a close one in the hospital. oh well, hope you choose well! mwah
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Happy Mardi Gras
Happy Mardi Gras everyone. Enjoy the parade and party tonight and have a wonderful weekend celebrating who we are, cause its all about us this weekend.

And take a little time to reflect on our brothers and sisters of days gone by who by their actions (some small and some big) helped in achieving the acceptance we have today. The batton has been handed to us to take the fight forward for true equality.

Have fun and take care of each other.
Currently listening to: Love is in the air..... - John Paul Young
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:)
Hi James,

I remember your graffiti posts from previous years.

Yes you are right 1998 was a memorable party. I met up with quite a number of Americans at the party that year. Perhaps you were one of them.

Sorry you can't be here this time round.

Never the less, from all your mates here in Sydney happy Mardi Gras to you and our brothers and sisters across the pond.

Cheers,
Thomas..;)
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star observer of this week
on the first page ;
sniffer dog at the party even at the party
is it true?
New Mardi gras should alert us.
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Is Mardi Gras Really Today?
Happy Mardi Countdown Boy & everyone else :-)
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"Just back from Fox Studios - saw the Kylie rehearsal - IN THE HORDEN - it's gonna blow peoples minds"

Oh no! I am already confused enough about where to be. I mean I love trance so I want to spend all night in the Hordern. Then I hear Hex Hector has made some brand new amazing mixes especially for his set so I want to be there. Then of course I want to see every show.

Now I am told there will be 4 shows in the RHI and 1 in the Hordern so now I am wondering is this latest rumour true or all you just pulling our legs... what if it turns out to be Nana Mouskouri after all?

Damn Mardi Gras.... you've just done too good a job this year!
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Does anyone know what time the shows are on?

This is definately too much excitement for one day! I don't know how I'm going to get through another 14 hours to wait for the party?

Is anyone else feeling the same?
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Hi fellow Pinboarders

just trying one last time for a best best friend if anyone has spare ticket today.
He was supposed to go on a conference and it got cancelled only this week.

Can you believe has 2 tickets for $10,000 !!!

Busting for tonight.
T. - Replies: add

Oxford Street
We decided to go out for a drink last night at around 10.00am. Oxford Street was going off!!! We only wanted one or two just to feel the vibe but every gay venue had a queue. The only one we forgot to check was Slide. There were so many gays and lesbians we had fun just walking around! I hope the usual unfriendly Friday crowds felt just a little bit out of place, just so they know how they've made us feel over summer.

Tonight is going to be so special, I can't wait. I'm in the parade for the first time in years and close to the front. Will be able to watch some of the parade then come home to change in to my fabulous fluro outfit and off to party!
Currently listening to: Nothing Yet - BF still asleep
GT Confirmed - I woke up and got so exited I couldn't get back to sleep - Replies: add

Happy Mardi Gras
What a beautiful day for a parade and party......clear blue sky and sunny outside. Its just picture perfect.
Enjoy Mardi Gras Sydney......
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I suppose you should wear shoes that you don't mind walking through the lovely "water" covering the floor of all the bathrooms....

Alternatively, if you can't decide just take them all and change.......Have a great party :0)
Currently listening to: Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
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Happy Mardi Gras Australia!
What beautiful fresh day.
We are not into the home stretch and should give some thought to what today is really about. It's not about getting wired on drugs and partying, something that NMG sometimes forgets. It's about legitimising gays into the broader community via equal rights. It's about freedom of expression. It's about pride. It's about not forgetting about those that are lonely and themselves are struggling with their sexuality due to family or societal pressure. It's about giving support to others finding it tough. Above all, about leaving the next generation a legacy, like those before us left us.
Happy Mardi Gras Australia. :)
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Which Hall do i need to be in?
hey Guys and Gals !!
I can't believe that it is here!Happy Mardi Gras to you all
I have waited for soooooo long. Now I need to know which hall to be in for Kylie, I do not want to miss her!!!
I just found out on Friday arvo that I am being chucked out of the room I am renting and am feeling really down. so I need to know where to be for Kylie!! She will take away all my cares!
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Cyndi Lauper
By the way Cyndi Lauper last night at the State Theatre was great. She jumped down into the audience a few times and got up on people chairs to dance - the crowd loved it.

She mentioned a few times that the was sorry she would miss the parade and when someone shouted out would she be at the party she sheepishly said... maybe.
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Happy Mardi Gras
Don't you just hate to see Fred Nile wearing out his old knees praying for rain that will never come. It's such a perfect day... (but all the people carrying on about Kylie shows are telling fibs). The international acts are Livvie and Cyndi (Lauper, not Pastel). There are four shows in the RHI, all involving live singing, and one amazing tech show in the Hordern. Plus you won't want to miss the Carpenters from Kempsey in the Videodrome at 1.30am. See you on a dancefloor somewhere.
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PARTY MAP
Downloadable and printable Mardi Gras party map with DJ set times available here:

http://www.mardigras.org.au/item.cfm?id=295&nav=Mardi%20Gras%2008&sub=Party
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kylie et al
dont want to spoil the tradional rumour fun but shouldnt we make mg virgins aware that mostly they are just that - fun and a bit mischievous

onj, cyndi, live music, great choice of venues and an amazing happy crowd of punters on a fine sydney night clebrating should be enough

so add a few !!! to your "confirmed" sightings please!

happy mg, well done nmg for putting it all together
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Are you excited

Are you nearly wetting yourself

Are you jumping around like a little kid

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countdownboy Confirmed - Only 780 Minutes if you wanna break it down further :) - Replies: add

To My Noisy Gypsy
Dearest love , my sweetheart , my lover....

Wishing you a great Mardi Gras.

Please tonight when I see u on that RHI dancefloor , hold me in your arms and kiss me tenderly.
Secret Admirer - Replies: 1, add

1/2 a day to go .... only 12 hours !!!
The time approaches

The anticipation grows

It's getting closer.

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countdownboy Confirmed - so much to do , so little time - Replies: add

Re:
Noisy Gypsy and I are in monogamous relationship so forget about anything happening :)
He's mine, all mine - Replies: 1, add

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blue chucks!!! see ya there JGirl!!!
Currently listening to: what do i have to do - kylie
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I heard Transvison Vamp are in town and are going to perform!!!

How excitement!!
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HAVE FUN BOYS & GIRLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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No way.

I've been the secret admirer for ages. I watch NG like a hawk. He doesnt have a BF , you're an imposter.

At 4am in the RHI Noisy Gyspy will fall into my arms and be mine , mine , all mine.
Secret Admirer - Replies: 1, add

THE COUNT IS ALMOST DONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The clocks ticks

The excitement builds and builds

The fun will soon begin

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countdownboy Confirmed - going out for a walk and some sun , be back soon :) - Replies: add

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