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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2008!
Celebrating 30 Years of "Discovering & Exploring Since 1978!"
Parade 1st March 2008

The 2008 Mardi Gras Parade marked the 30th anniversary of the protest which began it all. Special indulgences were granted to supporters of the Sydney House to
assist in the parade.

With a sterling effort the Rainbow Habit, which made it's first appearance more than ten years ago and was originally conceived by Mother Desmond Three Three With
A Bloody Good Tan, made a welcome return and was expertly displayed. Our banner was also proudly borne by several supporters and members of visiting Australian Houses.

Fred's head, suitably lashed into submission, was brought out after ten years to follow the fabulous Rainbow Habit in the parade and our own webdog, proudly
wore the Bicentenial Leather Habit.

Please click on thumbnails to view larger image slideshow

 
 
 
About 10,000 parade participants began
to assemble mid afternoon.
  Our very own paparazzi is on hand to
expertly record a pictorial record.
  Meanwhile Sister Rowena speaks to another member of the paparazzi  
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Sisters huddle as others begin to prepare....
  ...and Sister C.P.R.II gives advice to a novice.   Visisting Sisters from Perth joined us
for the parade.
 
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Sisters wearing the Rainbow Habit join
Mother Desmond Three Three
for a photo opportunity.
  Dusk falls and floats light up as departure
approaches.
  "One, two, buckle my shoe!"  
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A very special appearance by webdog
in the bicentenial leather habit.
  Fellow parade members prepare to head off.   Time draws near and the Rainbow Habit
takes form.
 
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O.P.I. volunteers in position to carry the
train.
  Word goes out and we're off!   The Rainbow Habit leads the way,
closely followed by other sisters
and the nun mobile.
 
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See what can happen when you join the Sisters
for a History Walk (See the History Walk pics.)
You may get paraded before 350,000 people!
  Rally sisters, find your stride, let thy inner
fortitude do the rest!
  Mother Desmond Three Three pauses to
boogie with a parade marshal.
 
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A visiting Perth sister takes a turn in holding
the banner aloft.
  Mother Desmond Three Three speaks to the
carmera for the live broadcast.
  I know I put my lighter in here somewhere!  
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Finally we reach the top of the hill, and round
the corner at Taylor Square, with a well
known icon in the background.
  A picture speaks a thousand words really!  
I'm sure I should recognise that face, if only
I'd put my glasses in.
 
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Pick the sensible shoes!
It's a long walk in heels sister!
  Some of the gathered faithful lining
Flinders Street.
 
The volunteers did a fantastic job managing
the train and the sisters would like to
acknowledge them and thank them
for their assistance.
 
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    Sister Salomé of the 9th Mystic Rhinestone.
Only the most saintly and inspirational sister is
granted his own special place in parade reflections!
     

Photos courtesy of John William and the webdogPlease click on thumbnails to view larger image slideshow
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and to all those Sisters of the Sydney House who have passed on.
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