In a return to the sleazy, sexy and slightly twisted, the theme for the 2002 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Sleaze Ball is In Uniform.

The theme was quite deliberate and it’s funny, because we had a meeting about it and by the end of it, we had all decided that this theme was perfect, Mardi Gras party committee director Jacqui Jones enthused. It’s got to be sexy; it’s got to be something people go -˜yeah!’ about. I mean, cute is good but we wanted something sexy and sleazy and this just worked!

Sleaze 2002 presents the opportunity for uniform fetishists and wannabes to show off their latest masterpiece, whether it’s in cloth, latex, rubber, leather or steel. In Uniform will also provide a great party for uniform first-timers to dress in the outfit they’ve always yearned to wear.

People will really dress up for this one, and it works on so many levels, from sexy to sublime, Jones added.

Beyond the obvious military apparel, uniforms extend to innumerable other sectors including trades, clubs, sports, emergency and service sectors. Mechanics, construction workers, judges, priests, lifesavers, footy players, wrestlers, cheerleaders, police, firefighters, nurses, commandos, sailors, pilots and flight attendants are only a few possibilities.

We’ve already started planning the shows, Jones continued, and even at this early stage, we’ve got the outline of the entertainment program mapped out and we’re doing DJ selection now.

Sleaze 2002 will be held at Fox Studios on Saturday 5 October from 10pm to 8am. Tickets go on sale in the second week of June, but according to Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras, a large number of Mardi Gras members are already taking advantage of early bird discount tickets with their membership renewal forms. Discounts of up to $10 per Sleaze and Mardi Gras Party tickets are available to renewing members until 31 May 2002.

We’ve had a really good response from the early bird offer, Jones admitted. We’re really happy about the way that’s worked and tickets are selling fast because of it.

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