The rainbow crossing wasn’t the only drama to hit the streets of Darlinghurst this gay festive season. Fourteen drag queens took to the open roads to get the local community into the spirit of Mardi Gras.
The colourful queens strutted their stuff on Oxford St for The Main Drag, with the support of 2010 Darlinghurst and Surry Hills Business Partnership, City of Sydney Council, Sydney Mardi Gras and key charity partner, the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation. Despite the wild winds and torrential rain, the ladies still managed to unite the Oxford St community with their charisma and (inappropriate) charm.
They put on a live guerrilla drag show at Taylor Square which had pedestrians dancing, cars honking and was, quite literally, trafﬁc stopping. This led into a ﬁve hour-long bar crawl, taking the drag queens and crowds to Darlinghurst bars including the Oxford Hotel, Kinselas and Stonewall Hotel. The crowd took over The Colombian for its final pit stop.
“As the gaggle of queens arrived, so did an incredible energy,” general manager Robert Doran said.
“Guests were in great spirits which completely transformed the vibe at The Colombian.”