Mardi Gras again

Not that I will be there this year; in fact I haven’t been in Oxford Street at all for several years now. And it wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without Sydney’s favourite octogenarian politician, Fred Nile (below) – whose views on witchcraft are most interesting.


According to SBS:

In the lead up to Sydney’s world famous Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations, New South Wales Christian Democrats MLC Fred Nile has blasted the festival for being “nowhere near as good as it used to be.”

Reached for comment, the outspoken parliamentarian blasted the “absolute degeneracy” of the parade. “It used to be about the lifestyle, the people,” he said. “Now it’s just an excuse for straight people to come along and get smashed – the beauty and radicalism of the subculture is basically gone.”…

What? Not true? Oh, I see! SBS COMEDY!

Mind you, here is the real thing:

“I am a crusader for human freedoms and family values governed by traditional Judeo-Christian values.  It is wrong when freedoms are exploited and test our laws. This is evident annually in the Homosexual and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. 

“Almost naked adults luridly imposing their sexuality to spectating, innocent children should be illegal as, according to our laws, it is indecent exposure.

“The first Mardi Gras took place in Taylor Square in 1978 and it was an unfortunate event as it turned into violence with clashes with the NSW Police.  Since then the laws have changed significantly to accommodate homosexuals in Australian society. 

“The activists in the homosexual community will always be faced with a fundamental deficiency.  This deficiency is governed by Almighty God’s law and natural law.  Almighty God’s intention for the continuance of life was to reproduce via the miracle of reproduction within the context of a male and female relationship. 

“Rev Fred Nile therefore calls on the NSW Police Force to uphold the existing laws as they would enforce every day and there should be no exemption on Mardi Gras night.”

Fortunately the police will ignore him.

Here are two of my photos from the 2009 Mardi Gras Fair Day – I was “on assignment” for the South Sydney Herald at the time. See here and here for more.



That’s from a long post from February 2013: Pancake Day or Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday. See other posts on this blog.