We’re queer, we’re here and it was just Chinese New Year … as I suspected, this year is already whizzing past us. Bam bam, Mardi Gras is knocking at our front door, rumours are flying about who is going to be performing at the party. You can hear the ring of all the fabric shops’ cash registers as drag queens desperately try to create extra frocks to cater for the separate parade and party.
With no calm before the storm, I am jumping straight (well gay) into the events, though I will be starting with Rugger Bugger 10 this Saturday night at SaddleBar.
The Sydney Convicts have prepared a full night of fun, shows and nudity, to raise money for their June trip to the USA to defend their Bingham Cup world title. After such an amazing time with the boys in Ireland I will also be touring with them. This time I doubt I’ll be the only ‘DragScot’ at the games … especially after Ru Paul’s Drag Race!
Sunday is the official launch of Mardi Gras and the world-famous Fair Day at Victoria Park, one of my favourite events of the Mardi Gras calendar.
Fair Day is on rain, hail or shine, so after recent weather be prepared for anything. It usually goes a couple of different ways, so hot that you have bra straps marks burnt into you for the next year, or rainy in the morning then very sunny the rest of the day, steamier than Ken’s on a Sunday afternoon!
I’ll be wearing high-heel gumboots this year .. and don’t forget to visit me at the Sydney Star Observer stall from 3.30pm for an hour before I head to the main stage.
On Monday we’ll have our first International Party at Stonewall Hotel, where I personally welcome all the tourists to our fair city .. be that one-on-one or a group session … we’ll just see how things pan out.
So the first of many, Happy Mardi Gras, have a safe and FABULOUS festival.