The Mardi Gras Parties - 1980 to 1989

 

Day of International Gay Solidarity - 24 June 1978
There was no party after the first two Mardi Gras parades in 1978 and 1979. The first of these on 24 June 1978 was the march which ended in the arrest of 53 people. The poster advertises a "Dance" the night before at Petersham Town Hall with music by Shiela.
Gay Mardi Gras - 30 June 1979
The parade attracted 3000 people and was largely incident free. The week styled Gay Solidarity Week leading up to it included a Dance.
Outrageous Gay Mardi Gras - Festive Ball - 28 June 1980

700 tickets $4

Paddington Town Hall

9pm to 2am

BYOG

Bands: Widgies, Layabouts

almost 100 people turned away
We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us Against - 21 February 1981

Party was to be held at the Fruit Market but it burned down and party was held in Hyde Park South instead.

Parade was rained out and postponed until 21 March.

 
On Our Way To Freedom - 27 February 1982

4,000 tickets

Showgrounds

 

 
Our Lives, Our selves - 19 February 1983

6,000 tickets

AMP Pavilion

 
We'll Dance If We Want To! - 25 February 1984

8,000 tickets $10/$8

Royal Hall of Industries

Profit $41,780

 

 
Fighting for Our Lives - 23 February 1985
8,000 tickets  
22 February 1986

 

 

21 February 1987

 

 
27 February 1988
10,000 tickets

 

18 February 1989

15,000 tickets

Government Pavilion

Shows:

I Am What I Am - 60 drag queens


Mardi Gras Parties 1990 - 1999

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