Backdrop © John Ma
I was late reaching my media bay when the Parade officially started. Being ushered by security and event organisers, I rushed up the empty parade route of Oxford St. Not far behind me was the very beginning of the parade, and behind them was the setting sun that silhouetted the city. The energy had been building up all day, and as the waiting crowd caught sight of the marching paraders, the noise in the air wasn’t just cheers, it was a delight.
Fiver © John Ma
Every float and participant was in one way or another, trying to touch and engage with someone. Some did it physically, some did visually. But either way their invitation was undeniable.
Unison © John Ma
As you can see, some of the floats stuck very closely to their routines.
Neptune © John Ma
Greek mythology would be so laid back if this guy had been a part of it.
Strokes © John Ma
The Different Strokes Dragon Boat team.
Zoom © John Ma
The night was zooming by and I didn’t want it to end too quickly.
Ruffles © John Ma
Luckily some of the paraders were less frenetic and took their time making their way along the parade route. Clearly not letting the hype ruffle their ruffles.
Baton © John Ma
It’s pretty safe to say that no baton was ever waved so eagerly before, nor after, this shot was taken.
Uniform © John Ma
If you have a thing for men in uniforms… You’re very welcome. But for those who are a part of any long established institution where truly expressing yourself can be a difficult thing - This will hopefully give you some encouragement.
Glisten © John Ma
Closets © John Ma
The metaphor was proud and clear and the colourful doors rolling down Oxford St provided a wonderfully surreal setting for me to photograph.
Beach Bums © John Ma
Lifesavers have been part of the Mardi Gras institution for a long long time. Budgie smugglers and little bikinis, twirling and twerking, shaking and grinding… I’m cool with that.
Firebugs © John Ma
Emergency services was out in force, waving the flag high and representing the proud.
Precipitation © John Ma
Abstract installation art with a chance of local precipitation?
Twirl © John Ma
There was so much twirling going around. And around. And around. And around…
Clean Up Crew © John Ma
I don’t know who hired these guys to do the clean-up, but they did a pretty shitty job.
Follow The Glitter © John Ma
If there was any bright side the terrible job done by the Clean Up Crew, it was that finding your way to The Party of all parties was really really easy. Follow the glitter!
Maniacs © John Ma
Before we could get to The Party, I first had to dodge a horde of maniacs that were grabbing and running away with anything that wasn’t tied down.