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When the first Sleaze Ball was held in September 1982
at Paddington Town Hall 500 party goers had to be
turned away. The next year it moved to the Sydney
Showground for the first time and Sydney’s other big
gay and lesbian party was born.
While the Mardi Gras Party celebrated community
and euphoric delight in sexual identity, the Sleaze
Ball symbolized the slightly darker and more diverse
elements in the community. Mardi Gras is all about
glitter and glam, Sleaze Ball, frequently themed, offers
a chance to dress up in whatever way you wish – as
long as it’s sleazy.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary the Sleaze theme
is “Ghetto Fabulous”. The look is hip-hop and gutter
glitter – that’s not too much of a stretch to frock up or
dress down according to your definition of cool. Girl,
you can work it.
You can all cruise three hot party spaces:
Ghetto Fabulous in the Hordern Pavillion will
be pumping non-stop featuring great Australian
performers and local and internationally acclaimed DJs
including Bitch fave Sista P. You can show some ‘tude
here – there’s plenty of room.
Club Ghetto in the Dome is a more intimate space
where the sistas can feel at home and get up to some
jukin’ in the plush, dimly lit edges of the phat, funked
up Dome. Be prepared for some bling-bling in this
Disco Ghetto at City Live has long been a fave with the
chicks. It’s your hang if you like to express yourself to a
mix of retro tracks and feel like chilling or singing in the
ghetto melting pot.
Yo, wassup, homo! If yo wanna be a playa be at
New Mardi Gras’ Sleaze Ball will be held on Saturday
September 30 at the Hordern Pavilion, Dome and
Forum. Tickets are $99/$79 available from Ticketek
ticketek.com.au or by phoning 13 28 49.
THIS YEAR IT’S
KEEPIN’ IT REAL
WITH A HIP
Photos: Ann-Marie Calilhanna.
Main: Sleaze 2005. Top Right:
DJ Feisty & Mandy Rollins.
Right: DJ Sveta
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