Yesterday I was treated to a day out at the biggest event on the LGBTQI+ calendar Australia has to offer – the annual Sydney Mardi Gras. Teaming with my friends at Tinder I was treated to a huge weekend of celebrations that not only championed the community I am so proud to belong to but more than that globally acclaimed dating site elevated the experience hosting a range of inclusive parties all over town – and you better believe this fashionista had an outfit for all of them.
I started my celebrations the night before at the pre pre-party held at a secret location in conjunction with party throwers Heaps Gay. The event, high above the iconic Oxford St, was a celebration of the community in every facet and with gay themed cocktails, performances and dj’s the night started the weekend off in the best possible way – and placed us in the poll position to celebrate just how far we as people and as a community have come in the last year! Once the big day had arrived I made my way to the first of four parties I was attending – the pre-party at one of the premiere day club spots Sydney has to offer – Tinder X Poof Doof #DragBrunch at the Ivy Pool Club where Tinder again put on a fabulous show. Nestled in our private cabana we sipped on delicious cocktails and ate brunch foods while listening and watching queer acts of all kinds in a showcase of the best talent we have to offer. Moving on to party number two myself and a few friends were taken on a journey through Sydney’s most iconic views as we boarded My Sydney Boat and were whisked away on a fun harbour boat party, on a private boat, that showcased the beautiful city and the landscape in which so many LGBTQIA+ community members thrive. Passing by other boats and seeing all the gay flags at sea made me really happy to know that no matter who you are or where you’re from this is the city of acceptance.
Party number three was the big one and as we marched together into the SCG ready for what this historic Mardi Gras parade would look like you couldn’t help but feel all of the love in the air! Surrounded by community members, allies and those who work to make our community a safer and more prevalent place the parade showcased the best of gay culture and featured artists like G-Flip, Troye Sivan, Rita Ora, Courtney Act & Jack Vidgen in an allied showcase of all things queer. After finishing from the parade we headed to party number four and our final destination -the Tinder X Poof Doof official afterparty where we danced the night away in complete style!
If you didn’t get a chance to be at this years Mardi Gras festivities then I hope you at least got to live vicariously through my instagram. Check out all the fun I had at this year Mardi Gras thanks to Tinder and check out each of my party outfits below – and yes I made them all extra camp just for you! Usually I end my blogs the same way but with this one I will end just how Ellen would – be kind to yourself, and one another.
Happy Mardi Gras xx