This was the first time I watched the Mardi Gras parade from such close proximity. I had scored myself a great spot, luck was surely shining down on me. To my left was a hilarious aboriginal mum with her sister and to my right a family from Brisbane who were watching the parade the first time. Behind me a bunch of ladies, slightly merry. Bet it was the water in their bottles. They were wrapped in colourful tinsel and kissed as many passerby as they could. Not only did I score a good spot but I was in great company. I was all set and waiting for the evening to unfold. The energy was electrifying! ⚡️
A massive 300,000 plus revellers hit the streets that night! A night to remember! More importantly though, it took 40 long years of prejudice to win over a simple thing - respecting another humans right to chose and love. It was a humbling moment to see the 78ers go past. The people that stood up n rallied for equality way back in 1978. Age has wearied them but they are strong within. People’s views change very slowly in Australia. But at least it’s still moving in the right direction.
Happy Mardi Gras! Enjoy the gallery.
I used my Fujifilm X100F (yes I bought another one having sold my old one - story for another post perhaps) for shots for street portraits and the rest were on my LeicaQ.