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So Mardi Gras has come and gone…  after 16 times marching in the parade, I made the decision, after well-made plans backfired on me (and being the lazy old Queen I am) to finally front up to the parade and party as… you guessed it – a boy!

I decided for the third time in 25 years of being a drag queen that enough was enough. Was I scared? You bet. But boy was I mistaken. I have mixed feelings about Mardi Gras as I didn't see much of the parade because I avoided the rain lol .. Then off to the party I went. The Veronica's were pretty good but the rest of the entertainment was a little average and what happened to the two girls that was supposed to perform ?? I ended up leaving at 4am  and was in bed by 6,that's an early night! Maybe it's a case of me just being a little bit old and my legs started to kill me and let's not talk about Lola and Danger's feet so glad i did not walk in the parade. I actually enjoyed myself a little bit more just as a boy. Over 10,000 performers took part in the parade to help celebrate 39 years of Mardi Gras…the best night ever at a MG party... I hope you all had a blast too!

This month I celebrate 25 years of doing drag, meaning I'm “technically” 50 years young! OMG it's my birthday  - the big five 0  in March = ''YUCK"… That means i will reduce my responsibilities and push it onto my drag daughters and other high-profile queens in the community.

Oh how time flies! In this time I've seen so many venues come and go, we've lost many in Western Sydney as well as the City. Even knowing what goes into a social night – I couldn’t imagine running a full time venue – but many have tried and I congratulate them. Our increasing patronage at the HEAVEN SOCIAL DANCE  in Western Sydney means we made the right decision to move to a new club with the first dance in February being a huge success. I am really looking forward to the second dance on the 1st April at Mounties Bowling Club Fairfield from 6:30pm - 12:30 , Entry $10 , Shows 9:30 & 10:30 With PopUp Drag Upsize  Hosted By LayDee KinMee ,  If you want to take part in our pop-up drag  – please register with LayDee, before April So you can be in the run for cash prizes (Valued $200).  For more information go to our website (Click on What's On) 

Newsflash !!  V-Bar  at the Coolibah Hotel,  Merrylands. Brought to by Victoria A Bitch '' CANCELLED ''  after its very first dance on 20 January. The announcement was made two days before the second dance in February by co-ordinator Victoria A Bitch as post: (Due to very little interest in v bar a verdict has been made and will be closing its doors in February . It was one of the hardest things to do. But firstly i must find myself again and i am shattered and in tears whilst i write this)  ... It's very sad to hear that you've given up after only one dance, but I hope you find yourself ok gorgeous. When we first started Heaven Social Dance for the first year we were only getting 60  people and you need to get performers which will do it for a few dances for nothing and then pay them when you get busier but I totally understand where you're coming from there is a lot of stress involved and a lot of costs going to running an event like this we are so lucky that we have the support of our venue that do not charge us room Hire, we only have the cost of Dj & a small entertainment budget. Maybe someone else might step up and take over running it because I really believe two nights in Western Sydney would work.. but in saying that I Want to wish you all the best in the future with whatever you choose to do that makes you happy :Bx

In other exciting news, free events & entertainment in Western Sydney include:

TURBO TRIVIA - you ain't never seen trivia quite like this. Trivia nights hosted by  fabulous Drag Queens AND it's Free to play. The various venues have excellent kitchens, so brings your mates and family for a fun night out. 
Tuesdays - Parramatta RSL 7pm With Portia Turbo (Millennia Alcox covering in March). Tuesdays - Penrith Hotel, 7pm With LayDee KinMee . Wednesdays - Mounties Triglav Club (in St John’s Park) 6:30pm With LayDee KinMee.
Thursdays - Kings Park Tavern (Blacktown area). 7pm With Portia Turbo (LayDee KinMee covering in March)
Sundays - Austral Bowling Club (Liverpool Area)  6pm With Portia Turbo (Millennia Alcoz covering in March). 
Fridays (last of every month only) Campbelltown RSL 7pm with LayDee KinMee

ALSO starting on the second Friday of every month (THIS WEEK) at Campbelltown RSL 0n the 10MAR & 14APR is Naughty Numbers“BINGO with twist”  from 7pm With LayDee KinMee.  This is also FREE to play, and she’ll be giving away various prizes as well as $150 in club vouchers.

SHOWTIME at The Richards On The Park , Canley Vale is still on the third Saturday of every month From 9pm-1am ( 18MAR & 15 APR) with (drag) shows at 10 , 11 & 12 (or DragTime ) it's A Free night also, but I hear numbers have dropped significantly gorgeous, so this could be another night that gets the chop! Oh well, what goes around comes around, KARMA is a bitch.

Stay gorgeous! luv 

Buttercup xxx  



Well our first dance for the year at a ''NEW CLUB'' Fairfield Mounties Bowling Club on 04 February was a huge success. With over 110 people there on night it was an exceptional turnout. Thank you to LayDee KinMee for hosting, to the performers in PopUp Drag who entertained us  = Stacey Aphrodite, Carrie Marr,  Annie P (1st), Terra Part (3rd) and Anita Root (2nd), and special performance by Koko D'Vyne. Thank you also to Ophelia Shaft (DJ), Cliff  (Door and Lighting), Rob from EGOmedia - Au  (Photos and Backdrop)  George  (Videos) and  Ann-Marie (SSO) 

Thank you to everyone who came and made it a fantastic night.  We look forward to seeing everyone again on 1st April.  Thank you all and we love you.  Love from Beverly , Greg  and Ian .

Again thank you to all the patrons and bar staff. It was great to see so many people.


I'm starting to get excited coming up this weekend Saturday 11th February is The Polly's Club Mardi Gras Dance Will Present '' Friends Of  Dorothy '' At The Marrickville Town Hall From 7pm-12am Entry $25 the show is produced by Daisy with the Polly's cast, Prize for best dressed PS be there early otherwise you'll be standing up ..


Also in February the NEW V-Bar Social Dance at Coolibah Hotel Merrylands with the night providing something for everybody  V-Bar upstairs and Karaoke downstairs.  People now have something to do on a Friday night the next dance is 17th February from 7pm-12am $10  Music by Dj Shaft with a Madonna Tribute show with Melicious Dámage , Delilah VonTramp & Victoria A Bitch ... fingers crossed people will supported it on a Friday night because they did not support the LGBTQ event there Friday night might be a winner ?? Remember in 2014 people said two social dances in western Sydney was  '' TOO MUCH ''  so we reduced heaven to 6… but after last weekend’s huge success for the heaven at new club, maybe people want more ,more, more ??? Only  time will only tell gorgeous.


The fabulousity which is Fair Day Sunday 19th February , started as soon as we exited the car and were approached by a young man  who offered us a "service" in the laneway in glebe last year ..  considering it was the second time in 18 years that I have attended Fair Day as a boy and I still nearly got lucky, he made me feel like a dirty old man so we ran off to Victoria Park to join in the festivities... But this year fair day is on the move to a NEW LOCATION = Camperdown Memorial Rest Park , Newtown..  Fair Day will an eye opener this year as I will be just one of thousands check out the new park! Just one of thousands the people sitting on a blanket in front of the main stage.  It's a sign that I really am a nobody, nobody will recognised me or will they after being plastered all over the Liverpool & Fairfield Champion (the local paper) in and out of DRAG !! OMG !!


When Fair Day is over you know the Parade is soon to follow on 04 March . After walking and working the parade for  17 years,  this year be any different lol  As last year I watched the parade and enjoyed it so much now I'm getting older, it seems the route gets longer... despite offers to be part of a float, this will be the second year in a row that I will be watching the parade from VIP Area and dashing off  to the party with my partner in crime.  I just had too much fun last year at the Party out of drag.  I'd like to see more floats and social groups from the West be involved, it seems everyone splits into other groups at Mardi Gras time when it should be a time that we unite?

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Which  Western Sydney drag queen now feels the need to attack me/heaven  just to promote something she's doing !! Last time I pay her for anything gorgeous. In other gossip, which former Western Sydney drag superstar has been BANNED from all the Asian fabric shops ? Apparently she was caught putting things in her bag while she was walking around the show Oh no  !! And which Western Sydney Drag star might have bitten off more than she can chew by working up to 6 nights a week ? = BREAKDOWN

Until next time Gorgeous, BB

Have a Happy and safe Mardi Gras!



The Mardi Gras rumour mill is in full swing

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Year in and year out the Mardi Gras rumour mill goes into full swing with people placing bets on who the special guests will be at the Party after the parade.

The camp production, the killer sounds, sights and celebrities makes a Mardi Gras show one of the most spectacular moments on the calendar each year... and we all love to guess who it may or may not be!

This year, there are heaps of artists headed down under for the summer touring season - so we want to know who you think MAY be at the party this year - joining the incredible Tegan and Sara as performers at the Mardi Gras Party.


George Michael 1963-2016

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Global singing sensation and icon George Michael has died on Christmas Day, aged 53.


Police are describing the death as "unexplained but not suspicious".


They said paramedics attended his home in Goring in Oxfordshire at 1.42pm today - where he was declared dead at the scene.


His publicist announced he has "passed away peacefully at home" at 11pm last night.


The full statement read: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.


"The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."


George Michael has sold more than 80 million records worldwide in a career spanning four decades - but his life in recent years has been dogged by controversy, including when he nearly passed away in 2011 from illness.


George made an in the round appearance at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party in 2010 and resided in Potts Point for a substantial part of recent years.


Here is his show from Mardi Gras thanks to chicagojes as media were barred from filming the performance even though the room was full of camera phones.  lol




RIP George, you will be missed.


OMG Don't You Know WHO I AM ??

So Mardi Gras has come and gone…  after 16 times marching in the parade, I made the decision, after well-made plans backfired on me (and being the lazy old Queen I am) to finally front up to the parade and party as… you guessed it – a boy!


VIP Guide to Sydney During Mardi Gras

So, you know all you have to do is grab your app and tap the "Mardi Gras" icon to find out the latest and best events to attend during the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras season - but whether you're a local who wants some tips or a visitor who has never been here, we want you to get out and experience the emerald city like the superstar you are.


So we caught up with some very influential and darn right talented folks to get them to spill the beans on unique things to do and favourite places to go all over gay old Sydney town.


Pete say's take a trip through history

I recommend to any Sydney visitor a trip to the Sydney Mardi Gras Museum. This is an exhibition that celebrates the 35 years of Mardi Gras and the Sydney LGBTQI community in all it's full glory and splendor. From the 78 ers who were arrested in 1978 . Who were marching to mark the 9th year anniversary of the Stonewall riots in NYC and were met with police batons at Taylor Square.

Through the decades of community change including the AIDS epidemic , law reform,  and to modern day. The parade and our parties are symbols of safe havens and places to go where we can be one and whole. The museum captures this like no other exhibition before seen.


Peter Urmson

Peter is the co-chair of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

For more information on the Museum, join the official Mardi Gras Group on


Take in our favourte Pommie's favourites...

Oh easy! I would recommend people to visit the Royal Mint (pictured), the Botanical Gardens and to take the Manly ferry.

Sydney is full of charm and theres so much to discover. Its such a WOW city.


Lee Dagger

BIMBO JONES Dj & Producer songwriter.

Lee is one of the worlds most in demand DJ's, Producers and Songwriters. His multi taksing talents have him flying all over the world playing the top clubs and global events. You will see him across Mardi Gras in Sydney 2013, plus check out his massive catalogue of hit remixes and productions for some of the worlds biggest chart and club stars.


Go West! (Inner West, that is)

Australia st, Newtown (Between King street and Lennox)
I lived on this street for over 5 years in an old two story terrace in the middle of this particular block. These are little diamonds that the locals love and continue to come back to time and again. It’ s a little off the main strip of King street, giving it a village feel moments from the eclectic suburbans. Eat, drink, and shop.

Barmuda cafe – Start with a Great breakfast, great bohemian vibe and excellent coffee. Hope they have the infamous potato stack on the menu still.
Stax of Wax – Do a spot of shopping where all the candles are handmade on premises and have been for over 21 years. Pick up a souvenir or two in any number of colours and scents.
Blackstar Pastries – A new starter in this otherwise established block but a crowd favourite. Wander in at any time and try their signature watermelon cake.
Courthouse Hotel – Finish it off at an original Australian pub where they serve from the middle of the room. This hotel is an old school favourite where beers in the courtyard are a weekend institution.


Steph Sands

Founder - Women Say Something
Chair –Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Women’s Board Committee
Board Co-Chair - Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, 2003-2005, 2009-2011




Cruise the foreshore for a lazy lunch and stroll

Obviously Sydney is known for its friendly faces and sparkling beaches, but for something different with more substance I love taking all my international friends when they come to Sydney for an extended walk along our harbourside where there are many attractions to fill the day.

Starting at Mrs Macquarie chair I love visiting the site to see its uninterrupted purity before they start setting up the Harbour Party at its location (which is one of my favourite parties).

Then cruising down through the botanical gardens taking in its peaceful beauty heading down to the Opera House steps where we soak in the dramatic views of our harbour showcasing the city skyline, the Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House. At this point we stop for a well deserved drink at the Opera Bar famous for its outdoor atmosphere
When ready, we stroll along the Circular Quay and stop at Wildfire Restaurant for a long boozy lunch enjoying the Overseas Passenger Terminal setting.

There are usually some alternative and quirky talent busking entertainment along the walkway here earning a quick dollar which are good to watch.

After lunch I love strolling through historic are of The Rocks finding some aboriginal markings on sandstone walls which have been preserved, and telling stories of the first settlers and how this area was headquarters as one of our first red light districts for prostitutes and labourers.

By then, the sun would have set and we would decide whether to head back home or perhaps stick around The Rocks for dinner and make the most of the day by strolling around to the Foreshore Promenade at the Pier, the home of Sydney Dance Company. If we stick around I like to watch some of the classes (and dare I say join in, if i was sober)


Johan Khoury

Johan is one of Australia's top event promoters, with brands like Daywash, Spinout, Nevermind (Club), Harbour Party and more under his belt. To top it off he is globally in demand as a DJ and remix producer too.

Join Johan's group on


Get some on the water high energy action

"Go on the jet boats through Sydney Harbour. You see all the sites and have the best time hooning around!"

There are a few operators that you can book with - either Darling Harbour or Circular Quay have jet boats - and both take you out into the harbour. They run most days rain or shine. Your going to get wet anyway!


Zoe Badwi

Zoe is Australia's APRA and ARIA Award nominated dance floor DIVA. She has slam dunked a tonne of singles to the top of the charts in the past few years, and in 2013 she is the voice of Mardi Gras!

Her new single, TORCHES is the official theme!

Join Zoe's group on


Reflect on the past and celebrate the future

Every Mardi Gras I reflect on the battles our community has won to inspire me on the battles to come, and in 2012 attending the history talks at the Mardi Gras Museum will be a key part of this. I am very excited to walk across the rainbow crossing with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, and at the Mardi Gras party I love hitting with dance floor with Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.


Alex Greenwich MP

Alex Greenwich MP
Member for Sydney
Chairperson, Australian Marriage Equality


Let us and other readers know your favourite spots in the comments section below - or better, leave a review on any of our city guide listings or expert services listings via the website or app!


Happy Mardi Gras!

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