Despite reduced capacity and a relocation from Oxford Street to the SCG, the protesters at this year’s parade hope that this will be the case â ???? electrifying but safeâ ????

“Happy la-di-da” was the singsong greeting that could be heard on Sydney’s Oxford Street in March last year: a rhyming slang to commemorate Mardi Gras, the last mass event in the city before Covid-19 hit

“Gay Christmas”, as it is called colloquially, will look different this year 35000 ticket holders will watch the parade at the Sydney Cricket Ground, a more controllable area than Oxford Street, traditionally around 200000 spectators is lined up

For ’78 Kate Rowe, who marched in Australia’s first major LGBTQI protest in 1978 and led to the birth of the Sydney gay and lesbian carnival, the festive feel is a bit subdued this year

“Rainbows are everywhere, but nobody is really around”It drained the mood for me,” she tells Guardian Australia. Many older 78s have sought “protection” for fear of the virus

78s have twice as many seats as other groups and golf buggies to circulate the stadium for those with reduced mobility “They really took care of us,” Rowe, 70, says

“We were aware of our mixed ages,” PFLAG volunteer Les Mico says last year was 21 Parade march my family It is very difficult to sit on the sidelinesâ ????

Excitement is mounting elsewhere, however Teresa Leggett, last year’s Mardi Gras Lifetime Achievement Award winner, first marched into Mardi Gras with then-husband Michael and knew he had to come out every year with the meanwhile 1000 Free, Gay & n Happy Community has returned: It’s my love letter to Michael because he decided to tell me instead of killing his life on???? She says

“Naysayers said” It won’t be the same “,” It’s all too hard “It was hard, but everyone ???? Organizer, actor, ticket holder â ???? made a collective decision: We would never not let Mardi Gras happen in 2021â ????

They have withdrawn from their normally large dance troupe, however. This year it’s all about the detail, the person, their story Leggett Says Covid Made Us Even More Creative Every entry you’ll see has been a struggle; Everyone has put their heart and soul into it and shed many frustrating tearsâ ????

Albert Kruger, the CEO of Mardi Gras, has told the media to expect a “one-off event” With 45km of cabling improving the sound and lighting of the SCG and Rita Ora performing the finale SBS will broadcast the event ???? The changed circumstances give the crew days to get set up instead of the only hour they normally get

There are also benefits for those participating in the neurodiversity float “more controlled with fewer crowds” more sensory friendly? Renee Christie from Autism Spectrum Australia says, â € œWe will miss our quiet booth on Fair Day though. Studies show that people with autism are more likely to be LGBTQI and they came to our booth and said they had finally found their place on ???? They’ll dance to Ladyhawke on Saturday, an artist with Asperger

In the meantime, the First Nations, inspired by Beyonce’s Black Panther performance in the Superbowl, are marching to I Can’t Breathe by the Aboriginal rappers, Dobby and Barkaa, in all black outfits, “We’ll be in custody and the deaths Showing injustices Aboriginal people still face, “ACON’s float coordinator Jane Strang says” Beyonce could have done this performance in a sparkly dress, but she sent a powerful message on Black Lives Matter we will tooâ ????

Jaz Goode from Trans Pride Australia wears pink, blue and white the trans flag colors â ???? but she will miss the cheering interaction with the crowd. “It may be less electrifying, but it will be safe.” She says, “We’ll hear her cheers 20 meters away!” â ????

Goode also attended My Trans Story, one of fourteen days of queer events all put online ???? Before Parade Day “Visibility is so important to us, and even with reduced capacity and social distancing, this event was inspiring,” she says

Former Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu curated Skin Deep and explored how LGBTQI bodies are used as canvas to tell stories through tattoos This is one of the few creative programs with a budget and venue (Darlinghursts National Art School) continuing this year

“There’s a sorrow when signature events are taken away,” she says Sometimes it’s the only time of the year that local and remote LGBTQI folks stand up for

“Carnival is far more than a commercial party” It is important that the components of the arts festival are not taken out of budgetâ ????

There will still be a protest on Oxford Street, however, despite NSW police trying to quell the march in the Supreme Court this week (NSW Health issued an exemption on Friday to allow the protest to continue ) Pride in Protest aims to march the original 78s route from Taylor Square to Hyde Park on Saturday at 2 p.m. to protest the unfair treatment of sex workers, refugees, people of color and drug users

“It’s about strange solidarity” Mardi Gras board member Charlie Murphy, 29, says we need a unified social justice front so that all oppressed communities can achieve full liberationâ ????

In the meantime, the corporate sponsor ANZ is donating 100$ 000 to LGBTQI support QLife to handle the 22% increase in hotline calls from 2019 to 2020

First-time float entrant James Shields, co-founder of the new Emerald City Kickball League, says this year will be “a statement”

“It will be a constantly disruptive beacon for places around the world where everyone has a voice, deserves respect and demands protection”even if that means in the distance and with masksâ ????

Rowe expects that Saturday will remind her of the opening ceremony of the Gay Games 2002, also at SCG “If it is something like that, it will be electric” She says the more I think about it, the more it could be turn out to be something very specialâ ????

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Carnival 2021 will start on Saturday the 6th Broadcast AEDT live on SBS On Demand at 6 p.m. March, with the geoblock removed, or watch the full parade at 7.30 p.m. on SBS and NITV

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/06/rainbows-are-everywhere-but-no-ones-really-around-sydneys-mardi-gras-in-covid-times