Well what a busy weekend. After the early Bridge Climb it was time for the launch of Mardi Gras 2007. You know Summer is well and truly here when you’re sitting in the sun on the steps of the Opera House waiting for the Mardi Gras launch. It was all arranged by text message so we knew where to meet and when but didn’t really know what was going to happen….it was a kind of attempt at flash-mobbing. There were rumours that the guys from Little Britain would be making an appearance though.
As expected it was a little disorganised at the start, we didn’t really have a clue what was going on, then some people turned up with Happy Mardi Gras flags, hats and plastic Gaydar maracas (yes the full name of MG is “Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras presented in partnership with gaydar.com.au”…snappy ey?). Finally Bob Downe & Aunty Mavis turned up and got proceedings underway.
By now there were a few hundred of us on the steps, tourists wandered round looking mildly bemused as to what was going on, but what was good to see was some of them joining in, acquiring some maracas and shaking them along to the music, even some olden people too! The short route took us from the Opera House to Customs House at Circular Quay. Firstly there were a few speeches and finally, as expected Matt Lucas and David Walliams from Little Britain appeared as their alter egos Daffyd Thomas (the only gay in the village) and Emily Howard (“I’m a Lady!”) to officially declare Mardi Gras open….and that was it, next big event is Fair Day on Feb 18th.
Then on Monday night (yes that is a bizarre night for a concert) I went to see the Scissor Sisters at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Support act was Sneaky Sound System, dunno if anyone outside of Oz has heard of them but they’re a reasonably well know dance act over here. They were pretty good tho I’d say the arena was only half full for them. Most people didn’t bother to turn up till about 9pm and the Sisters finally appeared on stage about half past, 2 hours after the start time!….how rude!
Anyways, it was a great gig, well worth seeing, so much energy though Aussie audiences are quite reserved with those in the seating only getting off their arses to dance to the more well know tracks, of course I was up there waving my hands in the air for most of the gig, after all I wanted to get my $100 worth!!