Down under, at the other end of the planet, where it’s summer when the northern hemisphere is freezing, and day when it’s nighttime in Europe, were the sun hits the zenith in the north and is shining 300 days a year, the biggest night time parade of the planet happens – the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
The parade is just the highlight of a three-week festival with over 100 events, including arts, cinema and of course parties.
During all that the best part of the Mardi Gras certainly is meeting all he great people having fun here and those who have been involved: like Mikey Trotter, who created a quite inspiring video for the colossal stage on the main party.
Or photographer Markham Lane, who’s work embraced the dance floor on with the hottest Aussie guys kissing and watching the crowd. And Leomeo, one of the hottest and most sought after DJs from France who rocked the Mardi Gras Party and with his set of tribal progressive tech.
The Mardi Gras is one facet of the gay kaleidoscope of world wide celebrations that some seem to have forgotten over the huge circuit events all over the planet, but we should remember it – not only because of memorable moments like the 3-way drag kiss between Madonna, Brittany Spears and Christina Aguilera, but also because Australia is just one of the friendliest and most welcoming places!

Gay rights have come a long way – participants of the first march 1978 were beaten and arrested, while the Sydney Morning Herald published their names so many lost the jobs and friends. This year includes the Trans* and Intersex float for the first time – adding the I to the ever growing community of now LGBTIQ. The parade was opened by gay and lesbian Indigenous Australians – a group that still struggles for recognition both as Aboriginals and being gay. We met one of them who made his way up the pole of fame: Matty Shields, semi finalist of “Australia’s got talent. The interview will follow soon!
It has been a long march and there is still a way to go. So should you!
Happy Mardi Gras!