“We cannot all succeed, when half of us are held back.” ~ Malala Yousafzai
Mardi Gras 2016. What a magical day and night! After the amazing fun I had last year – I wasn’t sure that I could top it again this year. (You can read about my experience here). But lone and behold, 2016 delivered! It was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time! I dressed up as a pirate, complete with fishnet stocking, frizzed hair and glitter galore. We went to Sydney in a massive group and it was so great to spend time with some amazing people.
The amount of acceptance, love and joy shown at Mardi Gras exemplifies the absolute urgent need for equality. This is not a political, religious or moral issue. It is about love. Self love, loving others and accepting and respecting the love that others share. Australia, let’s stop being a international embarrassment. How are we supposed to grow as a nation when we can’t even grant a human need like love to all.
So I thought the best way to show you all of the love felt is to show you some of our bedazzled photos!
Happy Mardi Gras! And what a happy occasion it was! It was my first ever proper Mardi Gras celebration, and it wouldn’t have been complete without a tonne of glitter! This day is about equality and celebration of people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex Community.I enjoyed this magical day with my two good friends Tishia and Dylan and these are some of my observations/conclusions from one of the biggest Mardi Gras Festivals in the world!
I felt incredibly happy. I’m not sure if it was the glitter or the ecstatic energy from the buzzing crowd but I felt so HAPPY! In fact, I felt like a real life fairy, skipping around everywhere and sprinkling glitter on everyone. This euphoric state got me questioning, ‘why can’t I feel this good everyday?’ And I guess I have no legitimate reason at all! And everyone seemed happy and thus everyone was absolutely beautiful. Whether you were wearing hot pants, leather, sequins, had glitter on your eyebrows, lips or breasts, jeans and a t-shirt or basically nothing at all, everyone looked absolutely FABULOUS! And not only were they fabulous but also lovely people. Walking up and down the parade, we talked to and met some incredible people.
All this colour and happiness and loving acceptance got me thinking about everyday life. When we’re not covered in glitter or listening to doof doof music, what happens then? I honestly believe if we lived everyday of our lives like we were at Mardi Gras (yes, glitter included), the world would be a much better and much more peaceful place. Wearing what we want to express ourselves and not being slut shamed. Talking and accepting our own and others sexuality and not be labelled as a derogatory name with associated stereotypes. Meeting new people without fear of being judged. Dancing in the street and listening to great music. And most importantly. BE OURSELVES! Why is it that for only one day we let our guard down and flaunt what we’ve got? And every other day we embody prejudice, we discriminate subconsciously, or judge others? Equality is for everyone! But unfortunately for some, they wipe their glitter off with a conservative and close minded wet blanket. We all have the right to be our own unique being on this planet, some of us just prefer a little more glitter in our lives.
Here are some photos of my night and all the sparkles!
Whilst we celebrate with our mates and loved ones over some drinks and a BBQ, take a minute to be grateful of how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country. Where equality and education are valued, and we are encouraged to follow our dreams.