AskDocQ: Here’s your survival guide for your Mardi Gras weekend

mardi gras survival guide
Photo: Hamid Mousa/Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

It’s Mardi Gras season, when the eastern seaboard of Australia is inundated with rainbow-festooned tourists, and there’s a mad rush for tickets to the parties and after-parties and pool parties and recovery parties.

If you’ve spent the last few months working on your abs and butt to show off those new shorty shorts you’ve bought, well done. Now it’s time to pack your bags and head to where the action is.


Before you go, remember to pack the essentials – lube, condoms, poppers (if they’re your thing), PrEP, your regular meds, leather chaps and whip, but remember – NO glitter this year, it’s been banned!

Try to pace yourself if you’re partying hard – if you’re taking drugs make sure you have a friend who knows what you’re doing, and look out for one another. Avoid mixing drugs, don’t share needles, stay hydrated, you know the drill.

Stick to the main streets and avoid dark alleys – unfortunately homophobia is alive and well and the parade does draw a rather straight crowd, some of whom might not necessarily appreciate actual real live gays being gay in front of them.

If you’ve never been to Sydney for the Mardi Gras, you are in for a treat – there’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of Oxford Street full to bursting with wall to wall sequined g-strings, leather men, and all round shirtless sparkly gorgeousness.

Try to keep yourself safe, don’t lose your hotel room key, but remember to have the time of your life!

Dr Fiona Bisshop specialises in LGBTIQ health. For more by Dr Bisshop visit, follow @DrFionaBisshop on Twitter, or send your health questions and Fiona will answer them in QN Magazine.


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