Subscribe to our RSS Feed!

   Email This Post Email This Post   

Mardi Gras Gets Naked in Sydney!

embraceaustraliaadmin | Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 9:42 am

The nude gathering outside the Sydney Opera House.

The nude gathering outside the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney’s gay Mardi Gras may have just begun as people swap business suits for sparkly lycra costumes, but the underlying message of the Mardi Gras was shouted out loud and proud to the world in a powerful and rather bizarre way yesterday.

In an event that had the global media buzzing was the organisation of 5,200 naked people lying side by side on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

It was a project commissioned by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and carried out by world famous US photographer Spencer Tunick. Tunick has been organising mass nude installations since 1994, such as the record-breaking attempt in Mexico’s Zocalo Square where over 18,000 people posed nude. He’s also photographed subjects in Newcastle upon Tyne, Lyon, Amsterdam, Switzerland and Ireland.

Turick’s art sends out a bold message of equality and solidarity, as he sums up his latest work in his own words: “Gay men and women lay naked next to their straight neighbours, and this delivered a very strong message to the world that Australians embrace a free and equal society.”

The Mardi Gras began at the weekend with the annual parade of floats through the streets of Sydney which were packed with crowds. The theme of the parade was ‘History of the World’ and it was one of the largest parades seen in the Mardi Gras’ history, with 135 floats and 9,400 participants.

The parade began as a protest march back in 1978 when thousands of homosexual men and women took to the streets to demand equal rights and an end to discrimination. The parade may now be about lavish costumes and parties, but underneath it all it is still a political event reminded Katrina Marton, head of events at the Mardi Gras, especially as the same-sex marriage bill was turned down by Senate earlier this week.

The party continues all this week with theatre acts, dance parties, seminars, literature, film festivals, beach activities and cabaret. Find out more by visiting the Mardi Gras website.

Love Australia? Let us keep you informed...

  • Join the Embrace Australia community today. Have your questions answered by our experts, start your own blog, get vital migration information and gain valuable insight from those who have already made the journey.
  • Subscribe to our RSS Feed and have all our daily news and features delivered straight to your news reader.
  • Join our mailing list -

Leave a Comment

Embrace Community

Join the Embrace Community today!

Sign up to the Embrace Community today and you can:

  • Ask our experts questions about moving to Australia
  • Get vital australian migration information
  • Make new friends
  • Share your photos and videos
  • Chat with fellow Aussiephiles
  • Learn more about Australia
  • Write blogs and start discussion

Receive our newsletter!

Have you read?

Living in Australia

Living in Australia

Australia is a landslide chart-topper in the British exodus, with more than 30,000 Britons a year migrating to its sunny shores. Living in Australia is just great, both as a place to work and live.

Read more - Living in Australia >

Have you read?

Fun facts about Australia

Fun facts about Australia

We’ve brought together a list of fun facts about Australia you might not know!

Read more - Fun facts about Australia >