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Before 2000

Before 2000

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras started in 1978 and Richard Winsbury has been making Mardi Gras costumes and walking in the parade since 1983.

Even leathermen eat cake - 1990 Crown - 1998 The parade is in the evening and a large dance party follows, finishing the following morning.
Costume from 1989 It takes balls to be a Queen

About 600,000 people now line the parade route to watch the spectacle, normally held in late February or early March (summer) and the parade is televised and watched around the world.

Rainbow - 1992 Patriotic Poof - 1997 Richard makes the costumes for himself and for a group of his friends and usually spends 4-6 weeks making the costumes for each Mardi Gras although he has managed to make some in less than 2 days!
In the Picture - 1989

Say it with flowers - 1995

  Most of the costumes are worn but some are so large as to need wheels.

If you must be a bag be a Glomesh handbag - 1994

See no evil,hear no evil,speak no evil - 1999 (Best Male)

In recent years Richard has been entering the Costume Pageant at the Mardi Gras party and frequently wins either the best male costume or the best group.

Mirrors reflecting Gay Pride - 1996 See no evil,hear no evil,speak no evil - 1999

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