Although not a furry event, furries have been involved in the Mardi Gras for many years, organizing a float in the Mardi Gras' street parade. This was Dustan and Lupie's first year as chief organisers. The float was called "Furries on the Loose" and was themed around furs confined to a zoo breaking out of their cages.
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the last day of Carnival, a time period for Christians -- and others who just want a good party -- to eat, drink and be merry before Ash Wednesday. This year's official Carnival dates are Feb. If you feel awkward about debauching yourself silly in New Orleans this year -- or if you're unable to book a hotel room there -- plenty of other celebrations exist.
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Saturday, March 4, Parade organisers estimated the crowd at overThey lined Oxford St - along the parade's route - in Sydney's unofficial gay district, cheering the 6, participants and floats.
There has been an even greater reception to the Raelian float this year. It has been a hardwon respect. New Mardi Gras was concerned about our anti-religious theme and wanted to censor our message.
The night had gone from nerve-wracking to exhilarating to traumatic all in the space of a few hours. The police attack made us more determined to run Mardi Gras the next year. Over the months that followed, more protests and arrests took place - and the actions of the authorities came to be seen as heavy handed.
Updated March 05, Hundreds of thousands of people have lined the route of the 28th Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney. Organisers say aboutpeople turned out to watch this year's event along the parade route around Sydney's Oxford Street and in one area police were forced to move the crowd barriers to prevent a crush. Some of the 6, participants marching in the parade this year have spent months designing and making elaborate costumes.
It all began on a chilly winter's night inwhen the police descended on a street festival bravely celebrating gay rights when homosexuality was still illegal. Sydney's newly-formed Gay Solidarity Group developed a day of events culminating in the first Mardi Gras street festival. They intended to raise local issues such as decriminalisation of homosexuality, mark the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York, protest the Australian visit of homophobic Festival of Light campaigner Mary Whitehouse, and promote the forthcoming 4th National Homosexual Conference.
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