Sleaze Ball has been labelled one of the more successful events over a trying long weekend for Surry Hills Police.
“Sleaze Ball was probably the highlight of the night, where behaviour was concerned,” a spokesman for Surry Hills Police told Sydney Star Observer on Monday.
The weekend left a police officer in an induced coma after she was struck by a car while crossing Oxford St to offer assistance.
Another incident at the Colombian Hotel left a bar manager in a critical condition after he was attacked by a bottle-wielding patron.
The hotel’s general manager, Robert Doran, said the manager involved was “progressing reasonably well and we’ll know more by the end of the week,” and confirmed that police had begun investigations.
Forty people were arrested at Sunday’s Parklife event in Moore Park.
By comparison, Sleaze Ball was quiet with only 18 arrests made, in spite of a massive police presence, which for the first time saw sniffer dogs enter the party. Of those detained, 14 were issued with court notices over drug possession, while the other four were cautioned over cannabis posession.
“Our community is getting wise to the fact that our events are going to be viewed by the police, like all the other major events,” New Mardi Gras CEO Anna McInerney said.
“We work carefully with ACON, Positive Life and the Lobby to educate our patrons about what they can expect when they come to our events, and I think most people are now getting it. We also work hard with police to ensure the safety of our patrons.
“The feedback has been really good and I was really happy with it. Everything worked on the night, in spite of the rain. It was a great party, there was a fantastic buzz on the night and the DJs really delivered.”

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