Sydney parties

7 03 2016

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The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, an iconic celebration which lost its way dangerously in the last decade, seems to be on the way back. Last weekend’s event drew a sold-out party, rave reviews and more than one hundred thousand people to Oxford Street on Saturday night.

It was a throwback to the glory days of the 1990s, before the event spectacularly fell from grace, teetering near bankruptcy and conspicuously downsizing.

But this week showed that despite the continued steady decline of Oxford Street itself (and Sydney nightlife in general), the city still knows how to throw a party.

Perhaps the most meaningful part of this year’s events though were the apologies – from Parliament and the police – for the arrest of the very first Mardi Gras attendees in 1978. The Sydney Morning Herald – which outed many of the demonstrators, and published their names, addresses and employers on its front page, also apologised in a welcome sign of how far society has come.

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