Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE -

OX­FORD and Flin­ders streets in Dar­linghurst will come alive with colour and fan­fare — not to men­tion sev­eral truck­loads of glit­ter — for the an­nual Syd­ney Gay and Les­bian Mardi Gras Pa­rade on Satur­day. The pa­rade, run­ning from 7pm to 10.30pm, is an event that cap­ti­vates the na­tion and re­ver­ber­ates around the world. You can join 10,000 fab­u­lous peo­ple as they unite for a glit­ter­ing ex­plo­sion of pride in the heart of Syd­ney’s gay and les­bian district. Born from a night of political protest in 1978, the true Mardi Gras spirit lives on 38 years later, bring­ing the city to a stand­still with hun­dreds of thou­sands lin­ing the streets in sup­port of equal­ity, pride and a daz­zling spec­ta­cle of sparkles and self-ex­pres­sion. While the Mardi Gras fes­ti­val has al­ways been a cel­e­bra­tion of be­ing out and proud, it has also be­come one of Syd­ney’s lead­ing arts and cul­ture fes­ti­vals. Or­gan­is­ers have ad­vised spectators to ar­rive early to se­cure good view­ing spots.

De­tails: Go to mardi­gras.org.au or call 9383 0900

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