New orleans and gay mardi gras
It is one of the largest such festivals in the world ,  and the largest Pride event in Oceania. The event grew from gay rights parades held annually since , when numerous participants had been arrested by New South Wales Police. After the parade was dispersing in Kings Cross, 53 of the participants were arrested. The police response to a legal, local minority protest transformed it into a nationally significant event which stimulated gay rights and law reform campaigns.
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Mardi Gras in New Orleans - Wikipedia
The flamboyant costumes, the arcane customs, the melding of the genteel to the occult, the heaping rainbows of beads: New Orleans Mardi Gras seems almost inherently, stereotypically gay. Every year, revelers of all types fill the French Quarter to celebrate Carnival, and Mardi Gras krewes parade through the city, invoking mystical rites and summoning unruly spirits. But, by the midth century, the elaborate balls that traditionally preceded the debauchery had become emblems of high society and landed gentry. In the streets, a dazzling pagan pageant melted divisions between race, class and gender. In the ballrooms, as the old-line, upper crust krewes enacted increasingly ossified courtly rituals, exclusion reigned. It was only a matter of time before gay men breached the ball divide with high camp flourishes, dazzling drag subversion and feathered headpieces that often towered five or more feet in the air. We were being so harassed in the bars by police, we just wanted somewhere to dance, to be together.
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Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday , the day before Ash Wednesday the start of lent in the Western Christian tradition. Usually there is one major parade each day weather permitting ; many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the Mardi Gras season. In the final week, many events occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities, including parades and balls some of them masquerade balls. The parades in New Orleans are organized by social clubs known as krewes ; most follow the same parade schedule and route each year.
Beth says, Don't leave New Orleans without eating a barbecued shrimp po'boy at Liuzza's at the Track. Calling New Orleans gay-friendly is like saying red beans and rice is a good idea for Monday supper. The city has long been a landing spot for people of all stripes and polka dots — the artistic, expressive and the type that dances to their own drummer. Although Decadence, aka gay Mardi Gras is ground zero for off-the-charts partying, there are gay and inclusive bars and clubs that cater to the queer set year-round.