FUSE56 — 40 years of Mardi Gras

40 YEARS OF EVOLUTION

Photo: Travis Gilbert (FUSE Volunteer), Christopher Powell (Creative Director) and Alexander Thatcher (Executive Editor). Mardi Gras Media Pit 2018.

Well, I don’t think I am understating things to say that the 40th Anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was absolutely awesome!Well, I don’t think I am understating things to say that the 40th Anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was absolutely awesome!

On the ‘night of nights’, under the theme ‘40 Years of Evolution’, an estimated 300,000 spectators filled the streets of Sydney to watch over 12,000 participants take part in the world’s biggest celebration of the LGBTIQ community — the 40th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Afterwards, we continued to celebrate at Australia’s biggest LGBTIQ party, which was headlined by superstar and gay icon Cher. The party busted at the seams with thousands of joyous glitter-coated revellers in every imaginable colour of the rainbow. It was all very fabulous!

It was an honour and privilege to be able to celebrate and give thanks to our LGBTIQ elders, 78ers and the many other queer crusaders that over the past forty years have given so much to bring change, acceptance and equality to our country.

Although there is always work to be done on many fronts, these brave people have made it possible for myself and my partner — along with all our LGBTIQ brothers and sisters — to live our lives, as we are, in relative safety.

Mardi Gras 2018 Cher

In this our special ‘40 Years of Mardi Gras Pride Photo Edition’ we have ten fabulous pages of Mardi Gras photos for you to feast your eyes on p32. We’d also like to send a special thank you to all our readers, advertisers and supporters who make FUSE a reality every year.

Alexander Thatcher
Executive Editor

Tags: Gay Men, Lesbian, Mardi Gras

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