Wave It © John Ma
This year is my first year back after many years away from the event. I forgot how much I loved Mardi Gras and it reminded me of how much I had missed it.
The day started in the early afternoon. I went to Mr. Crackles to get my fix then headed down Oxford. When I got to Hyde Park, which is where all the floats were getting ready and warming up, everyone was getting into the spirit in the most passionate way!
This is one of the flag bearers. He was happy waving his flag. His happy, big green flag. His simple contentment made me happy and I think it made everyone else around him happier too.
Sparkles © John Ma
It ain’t no Mardi Gras without sparkles! I didn’t put any on and I still woke up the next day with sparkles in my bed.
Up © John Ma
Gusts of winds came up Liverpool St, carrying the balloons into my face and the perspective gave me this shot. This is just one of many more that I couldn’t fit them all here so I’ve curated them into an extended series on my Facebook page.
Victoria © John Ma
Opera on Oxford.
Show Off © John Ma
Clearly he was just trying to show off and objectify himself to the public. And clearly it worked.
Angles © John Ma
Drifting through the frenzy of people I felt someone tug on my arm. I turned to find a big toothy smile saying something to me that was drowned out by the music. And before I could ask her, she spun around and posed. Seeing the fun we were having, the girl in the bowler hat jumped into my frame and wanted a piece of the action. I kindly obliged, being the nice person I am.
Daffodils © John Ma
The Parade hadn’t started. These were just warm up poses.
Score © John Ma
I think a lot of us can relate to this girl.
B-Ball © John Ma
Feast © John Ma
Gimps don’t just eat. They feast.
The Line © John Ma
The girl in front of me growled with a heavy Irish accent at the people inside the cubicles to get out. And next to me was a tiny girl wearing a wrestling uniform. Her uncle, I think, was the wrestling club president. Surreal and uncomfortable is the simplest way to put it.
Drums and Bags © John Ma
Ancient sounds and celtic garbs filled Hyde Park on a Sydney weekend. And kilts are just so cool!
Droogs © John Ma
Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well…
Blush © John Ma
Kinda sorta made me blush.
Champagne © John Ma
The city can be a fast moving, unblinking, cold hearted bitch. But Mardi Gras turned it into a bubble bath.
Top Cop © John Ma
The top cop completes the final inspection.
The Beginning © John Ma
The start of the parade down Oxford Street for the 37th time.
Pot of Gold © John Ma
The end of the rainbow is here. Let’s go find that pot of gold.