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WIN FREE LESBIAN & GAY HOLIDAYS!
To celebrate the launch of a new national
gay and lesbian website, SameSame.com.
au & MBF Travel Insurance is giving one
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to take off on the World’s Gayest Holiday.
The once-in-a-lifetime prize is a holiday for
two people taking in some of the hottest
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including street parties in San Francisco,
bars that never sleep in New York and
gay pride in London before relaxing on the
beaches of Mykonos in Greece soaking
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It’s free to join, and once you’re a member
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And don’t forget: you can still win an Olivia
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Main left: Sydney Mardi Gras parade mask by
Ann-Marie Calilhanna; Top: New Orleans in 2006,
bouncing back after Hurricane Katrina.
gayinsitges.com and gaysitges.com/events.html
Spain’s African outpost, Santa Cruz de Tenerife,
on the Canary Islands, is the site of a massive
carnival. Tenerife lacks the established gay or trans
tourism of nearby Gran Canaria, but its carnival
is all about cross-dressing: observers claim that
the entire population switches genders for the
The coronation of the Carnival Queen on February
22nd, unleashes a cavalcade of horses, fireworks,
antique cars, dancers and clown choirs, all
grooving to the samba beat. Revellers dress
as Charlie Chaplin, Michael Jackson and Fidel
Castro. On Ash Wednesday an enormous effigy of
a sardine floats through the streets to the beach,
where it goes down in a ball of flames. Gender-
blurred pregnant mourners weep, wail, and crawl
in the sand. Check out carnavaltenerife.com
Unstoppable New Orleans chose Mardi Gras
2006 as its “coming out” moment. The 150th
anniversary carnival had a major gay contingent,
centred on the Lower French Quarter. Balls
were held by gay “krewes” with The Krewe of
Queenateenas (KOQ) crowning their King Cake
Queen who presided over the “Official Gay Mardi
Gras Bead Toss” from a Bourbon Street balcony.
Other Gay Mardi Gras events included a leather
block party called “Night of the Black Mask” and
The Bourbon Street Awards. Visit gaymardigras.
com and neworleanscvb.com
And last but not least, Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian
Mardi Gras is the gayest carnival of all. While it’s
no longer the world’s largest Pride celebration,
the month is still packed with over a hundred
cultural and sporting events. The climax is the
internationally renowned parade and party on
Saturday March 3rd. Expect dykes on bikes, floats,
slogans and politician spoofs followed by the epic
party, even by world standards.
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