I was told to expect a La Démence-like party: half naked men, sex, drugs, the works. None of that. The Mardi Gras Party attracts a very diverse public: all the letters of the LGBT, the Mardi Gras volunteers and straight people who want to see the stars. Ke$ha, Rihanna and Katy Perry were rumoured to perform. We got Wynter Gordon and Alexis Jordan.
The venue(s) is/are huge. The Hordern Pavilion and The Royal Hall of Industries can compete with Flanders Expo Gent (Ghent). The Forum is the size of the Carré in Willebroek and the Dome is as big as the Stadsfeestzaal in Antwerp. All that, plus the streets in between, formed the party venue.
Every room had its own style and programme. But most people came for the stars. At 2am, Alexis Jordan performed. At 4am, Wynter Gordon. At 6am everyone expected Rihanna. But it was a Swan Lake dance act. Who performed at 8am? No idea, I gave up at 6.
Kudos for the organisation of the Mardi Gras Party. People remained disciplined, there was a lost and found desk, and the cloakroom used wristbands (so you can’t lose your ticket). There was food and drinks. Well done. Some top DJ’s performed as well. It’s a big event in many ways.
Unfortunately my legs and feet were killing me from waiting for the parade. So I didn’t fully party hardy. Ah well, it was all worth it. 135 Aussie dollars (ca. 100 euros) to be exact.
One thing was disappointing: the taxi station. There wasn’t any. Everything is organised, but finding a cab was hard. A shame.