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Everyone Loves a Flashy Parade...Especially Australia

February 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM | by | ()

Around this time of year, most talk of Mardi Gras parties primarily in The Big Easy. If you are lucky enough to travel a bit further south and take part in Carnival celebrations in Brazil, we will happily admit our envy. Either way, you're pretty much assured to have experiences of a lifetime...plus brags all over Facebook.

On the other hand. Let's just say you have some frequent flyer miles to burn and desire to celebrate Mardi Gras in an English-speaking country. Australia is the answer to your travel conundrum. More specifically, Sydney. The city plays host to a full month-long schedule of events culminating in a colorful parade and high energy dance parties.

This week kicks off one month of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations. The original inception of the event revolved around political protests for gay and lesbian rights, and in this 33rd year it's come a long way, becoming a celebration which attracts domestic and international revelers alike. The entire festival is touted as the largest gay and lesbian event in the world.

The pinnacle of the celebration is a parade that snakes through the central business district and into the traditionally gay neighborhood of Darlinghurst. With over 600,000 pairs of eyes fixated on various floats and dazzling costumes, this parade is something else. Television coverage of the parade is so popular that it regularly receives the highest ratings across Australia.

From art shows to fashion exhibitions, and film festivals to dance parties, Sydney has events for all different kinds of tastes. Special musical guest stars like Cyndi Lauper, George Michael and, this year, Kylie Minogue will be coupled with the breathtaking backdrop of the city.

[Photo: BBC.co.uk]

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