Mardi Gras wrap up.

This year’s mardi gras was built up with so much expectation being the 30th anniversary and I know for a lot of people it certainly didn’t disappoint. It was great to see Olivia Newton-John perform Xanadu but going to the party just reaffirmed that it’s not my thing these days. It was too big and just all a bit much, but it’s always good to see 20,000 people having the time of their life even if it is chemically enhanced.

For me the highlight was the parade. It was just as much fun the second time around but didn’t leave me on as much of a high this year. It was great to see the 78’ers got some good coverage on the news. They were the original surviving marchers from 30 years ago who marched in protest for the rights we take so much for granted today. In 1978 they were arrested, harrassed and their names were printed in the paper causing them to lose family and jobs. Thankfully, because of what they started, we can now march in celebration instead.

What would you do?

This photo intrigues me. There’s a guy out there on a board riding the waves nude, which is something that I’ve always wanted to do but there is a guy in a full length wetsuit which in my experience tends to suggest that the water is cold. Unless of course he’s feeling a bit body conscious and wanted some support.

It makes me wonder what the guy in the wetsuit thought when the nude guy paddled past. I know it’s not uncommon for a few mates to have a bit of a nude surf for a laugh, but imagine being the other guy. I think it should be encouraged.

A favourite in danger

My favourite nude beach is under threat and I’m not happy about it. It’s never been an official nude beach but has been accepted as a nude beach long before I started going there nine or ten years ago. Rangers went around a couple of weeks ago warning everyone that fines will be issued soon if they are caught nude on the beach. I’m not sure why the sudden crack down but they threatened it a couple of summers ago but nothing eventuated. I hope this fades away too!

A catalogue of silence

You have a few days left to catch Ross Watson’s exhibition in Sydney for Mardi Gras. This exhibition showcases his “Silence” paintings and his “Catalogue XXVIII” photography. It’s at Danks St Depot Gallery in Waterloo, Sydney from 11 am and finishes this Saturday 8th. I’m actually heading down this morning.

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!

 

Well, the time has arrived and it’s gay christmas here in Sydney today. It’s less than four hours til our float is meeting at our designated spot and the closer it gets the more excited and nervous I get. It’s going to be a wild night with a sold out dance party afterwards and rumours of all sorts of stars making an appearance on stage. Forgive me if I don’t blog tomorrow, I’m going to be curled up in bed starting the recovery process!

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!

Gods of Sport

The Naked For a Cause calendar has been a very successful project for Pedro Virgil and he’s building on the success of those shoots with the upcoming release of the coffee table book “Gods of Sport” to be released very soon!

These Australian Rules and Rugby League players all look stunning and damned hot in this 224 page collection of unseen images bound in a beautifully presented book which I’m sure is going to fly off the shelves!

Summer is over

 

Sydney has just finished it’s wettest summer in years. We haven’t had a lot of beach weather and I’m sure there are a few tourists here for Mardi Gras a little annoyed. Forecasts for next summer predict a long hot dry summer next year, fingers crossed. I want to do much more nude swimming next summer than I’ve managed this one.

Silver surfer at burning man

Just another reason why I want to go to Burning Man. Some people obviously just like to have a laugh and be creative. A motorised surf/skateboard, how cool and a great way to get around! I bet the sand stuck to his paint though!

Three more sleeps!

Last week at rehearsal we turned up to find a photographer from the local media waiting to shoot us for a cover story. Now when I did several years of patrols not once did the entire patrol group stand around in a line with our hands up to our forehead, nor did we all jump and cheer in unison. Maybe I was working on a dull patrol but I think it’s more the photographer didn’t know what to do with us.

It’s now only 3 more sleeps til the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and everyone is enthusiastic about it and there is a great vibe about the party. Given that it’s the 30th anniversary, it’s been especially popular and tickets are sold out, with numbers like 18,000 and 22,000 being thrown around. Rumour has it they are releasing another 1,500 tickets by the end of the week!