The 2001 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
As is customary, the dykes on bikes kicked off the parade, roaring down Oxford St. The bride motif was a popular one along with baby carriages as this year's parade pushed the idea of gay families.
This dyke-on-bike had a Barbie doll hood ornament.
Bad cop. No donut.
Princess Lay-her was one of the stars of the Alien Nation
float. Their theme was "2001: a Gay Odyssey." I don't think
that's a light saber in Lay-her's hand.
Very impressive frock. It's all so surreal.
I couldn't help but think of Heathers and the classic "I love my dead gay son" scene when I saw this sign. PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) amassed a big group of proud parents and grandparents to march in the parade.
Here we have a group of kite-flying senior citizens. This
gent's sign read "You're Never Too Old to Play."
The "Sin City" float featured actual slot machines
and various gambling props, including these giant coins commemorating
the phrase "bent as a $3 coin" which I guess is equivalent to
a phrase used by my dad "queer as a $3 bill."
Everyone was dazzled by the Mardi Gras Marching Boys, Girls, Drag Kings and Drag Queens who put on a spectacular tribute to Madonna's "Music" video. There were 5 or 6 madonnas, a large number of boys in American flag hot pants, and a bunch of drag kings dressed like Ali G, the limo driver in the video. The group stopped in front of Taylor Square and performed a 5-minute choreographed routine.
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