Just on the other side of the fence.
It is Saturday night and marks the end of summer in the southern hemisphere. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is one of the biggest parties in Australia. Streets are closed for floats to express and promote their messages. After the show, the Parade is over but the party has just begun. The barricades are taken away and the spectators flow into the streets. The parade route is full of milk crates, broken chairs and garbage. People keep on partying elsewhere whilst some are still wandering around.
It is the works of City of Sydney and NSW Police to turn the chaos back into order. They clear the footpath, sweep the rubbish, pile it onto a mat and scoop it up into a truck while the police patrol up and down, making sure everything goes smoothly. Within three hours the streets are almost spot and ready for normal traffic.
69 shots of where people set there bottoms down at Fair Day of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2008 Festival.
While New Mardi Gras is releasing their official images of Mardi Gras Slide Show, I have my own angle of the events. It is obvious what fascinates my eyes at Fair Day. The colourful stuff they bring along on the day reflects the diversity of the community.
The official Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras has to wrap up with the party. This is a big dose for an excessive life of the modern world.
This is it, another year of Mardi Gras. This year it celebrates the 30th anniversary. On the second time, I am involved as a photographer, it intrigues my thoughts in many ways. I will sum up what I have experienced at the festival later.
The peak of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival for the public is definitely the parade. The vibe starts to kick in when people come in early to Oxford Street in order to get the best spots to see the floats. Once the roads are closed for the march, more and more audiences pile up outside the barricades whereas the show is being prepared inside. The lucky ones who reside on the buildings along the streets can watch the glamour from above while the crowd further away from the actual parade gets wilder and wilder as the night goes along. The community has successfully thrown another party to the city which seems to be hungry for decadence.