Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Well only a few days left and it's all coming together.

Our piece on The Project went to air last night.  It's mainly a story about the evolution of Mardi Gras, with us and the 78ers, but we still get a bit of exposure.  It's also got the panel discussion with Magda.

Watch, enjoy and share.


Saturday is so close...

Monday, February 26, 2018


OK, it's getting exciting.

First warning for the parade day itself.  Everyone, both marchers and volunteers, need to be ready to join us for a rehearsal in Moore Park, in front of the Sydney Football Stadium at 4pm this Saturday.  Everyone must bring plain white shoes, marchers must bring their red swimwear, and patrol cap, and volunteers should ideally bring their own uniform, or a borrowed uniform.  We will have uniforms to hand out, but supplying your own makes returning it logistically easier.  Any red shorts are fine.

You must be sober and clean of any drugs or alcohol, both when you arrive and throughout the event or you will be removed from the float.

We will be gathering regardless of the weather, and will have ponchos if need be.

Do not bring much gear to leave behind.  This will be left in a van here, and not retrieved until after the parade.  We anticipate to be finished about 9.30pm and are booking a pub for us to gather at afterwards.

More details of parade day will be provided closer, but for the time being, be sure you have white shoes for the day from 4pm.

Gary, Mike, Wayne, Orlando and the Committee



We are going to do our beach rehearsal this Wednesday 28 February.  The media have been invited, and we want to take advantage of as much daylight as we can, so aim to arrive from 6.30pm on the balcony at the pavilion and we'll move down onto the sand for 7pm.  We'll have both our video guy Mike and our photographer Justin there too.

Be sure to bring your red Rival swimwear that you have been issued, and your lifesaver cap.

This is our final rehearsal before the big event so come along to get that final polish.  Note that we have now included the larger coloured flags within the routine so you'll need to learn how they are incorporated.

Any supporters and volunteers coming to the parade are welcome to join us at rehearsal on Wednesday night too.

This will also be your final chance to collect your swimwear prior to parade day so be sure to swing down.

Oh, and if it's raining, we'll just stay inside.

Gary, Bastien. Mick and the Committee

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Last post for today.

Find the song loop link here for you to practise.  So pick up the broom/mop as your flag and go through the routine over and over and over all weekend.  We've extended the downtime slightly so that we have time to wave to the crowd, have a drink, roll the flag up, and get into place again.

You'll certainly know the song well by parade night.

Enjoy.  Fun glittery times ahead.


Gary, Bravo and the Committee



Thanks to everyone who came to rehearsal on Wednesday where we had The Project on hand to film us rehearse both out in the pavilion courtyard, and down on the beach.  Hopefully my interview isn't too embarrassing.  The final package, along with some interviews with the 78ers is currently scheduled to air next Monday night.

And coming up this Sunday morning, we have been invited to join ANZ at 10am on Bondi beach where they will have media as they launch big letters YAY for Mardi Gras.  We should get an opportunity to speak to the media too, about how progressive, inclusive and welcoming lifesaving is to the LGBT community.  Please swing on down, and let us know, for half an hour or so, with your uniform, cap and swimmers.

OK, and otherwise, keep practising the routine, hit the gym, get some sun, and leave the carbs behind.

Gary, Karen and the Committee

Monday, February 19, 2018


As mentioned on Sunday, The Project will be filming this Wednesday at our rehearsal.  We plan to film out on the beach from 7-8pm and then come inside after that where they will do some one on one interviews.  It will not be live, rather they will make a package for broadcast closer to the parade.

Anyone coming on Wednesday should bring their swimwear, which we started handing out on Sunday.  If you haven't got your's yet, just bring your own swimmers for the night, although you don't need to wear swimmers if you don't want.  And we'll meet on the balcony behind the bar before 7pm so that we can get down on the beach while the sun is still out.  If it's raining, we'll just go inside. 

And I'll bring the bigger megaphone too, which should be better than the speaker we had.

Plus, a big thank you to everyone who came to Fair Day to help spread the word amongst our LGBT brethren that lifesaving is a welcoming, inclusive and progressive organisation.  It was great weather and the crowds were huge.  Big thanks to Mike on the committee who helped arrange the day.

Gary, Mike and the Committee.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Hey guys,

As we mentioned at Wednesday's rehearsal, I've added everyone to the blog page.  It's basically the facebook group, just without the comments and conversations.

The first rehearsal went really well and we can't wait for those who missed it to join us on Sunday's rehearsal.

Remember Sunday's rehearsal is in the Amphitheatre space out the back of the pavilion, although as we found on Wednesday, this is better for us, with plenty of space.  See you there from 6pm.  We'll deal with any rain if it occurs.

For those who are coming from out of town, find a link to the youtube video of our routine thus far.  It's a private link so you can't find it with a search, only through the link here.  The whole routine only goes for 90 seconds, and we're only half way through it, so small doses each time.  Get your broomsticks and mops out to help.  We'll also upload the song loop after we do a little bit of work on it before rehearsal 2 (insert an intro).


And for our supporters, enjoy, as you'll be seeing a lot of this on parade night.  It's going to be a lot of fun.

Gary, Andrew, Bravo and the Committee

Monday, February 12, 2018


Hey guys,

Well it's all getting real now. Some of the committee spent Sunday morning workshopping the routine with Bravo and it looks great.  We're going to be the best by a long shot in three short weeks.

Sunday afternoon was spent at the Mardi Gras pre-parade briefing (which was far less exciting). For those who need to know, we are a quarter of the way into the parade and starting about 8.15pm. So very similar to last year.

See all our registered marchers at rehearsal on Wednesday upstairs at the Bondi pavilion from 7pm when the song, props and routine will all be unveiled.  Volunteers who are registered to support us don't need to come to rehearsals.

Fun times ahead guaranteed!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018


We're all locked in now for our rehearsals.  Looking forward to seeing you for the following sessions.
  • Wed Feb 14, 7-9pm, Seagull Room
  • Sun Feb 18, 6-8pm, Amphitheatre
  • Wed Feb 21, 7-9pm, Seagull Room
  • Sun Feb 25, 6-8pm, Seagull Room
  • Wed Feb 28, 7-9pm, Seagull Room
Note that the last one will be our dress rehearsal on the beach and may require an earlier start, but we'll let you know beforehand.

Can't wait to see all our registered participants joining us for as many rehearsals as possible.  The more we practice, the better we'll look.  So bring your smiles, your groove and your x-factor, and get ready to spread the LWP word.

Any questions, just drop us a line.

Gary, Orlando, Andrew and the Committee.

Sunday, February 04, 2018


Well we're so close now.

The Rego page was so successful that we had to close it after 36 hours and leave a waiting list option. Well as we approach the parade in only a month's time, we are now activating the waiting list.  We are taking 10 names off the list and pushing them through to full memberships.

Our spaces are really tight, so anyone else who can't make it, there are plenty of people waiting so let us know so that we can move more people over to full membership.

If you're on the waiting list we're sending a direct email soon to those successful.  Be sure to then upgrade so that we can include you in the parade.  You won't be registered for the parade unless you upgrade.

Anyway, it's all getting close.  It's going to be so much fun, for this the 40th anniversary.  See you at rehearsals soon.

Gary, Orlando and the committee

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