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Tue, Mar. 5th, 2013, 02:13 pm
Best Mardi Gras ever!

Once again I had a great time at Mardi Gras. I was determined not to let being unemployed make me miss it; I have been every year since 2005 (even in 2011, when there was no furry float) and I'm superstitious about missing a year now. It was just as well, as this was the biggest (ie, most fursuiters and other attendees) and best one so far.

My trip had a rocky start, with my flight down to Sydney being cancelled. After a panicked phone call I was put on a flight the following morning, still in time for Mardi Gras and I even scored a $100 travel voucher for it (in fact, I got two for some reason, making me seriously consider a trip down to Melbourne). temba picked me up from the airport and was a wonderful host as always, along with his housemates Packer and Mindfyer. I got my usual case of butterflies, but I've done it so many times now I'm not really all that nervous anymore. I took a train down with Moreth (who went dressed as Princess Peach for the gaymers' float). It was a much more pleasant wait this time as we only had to deal with a few showers this time. I also remembered to wear my undersuit under my regular clothes, making changing into Rattus much easier. Because the weather was kinder and I hadn't injured myself on the way this time, I was able to explore some of the other floats, the results of which you can see in my photo album. The march itself was great fun as always. My only regret is that I should have taken this opportunity to do it on foot this year. The weather was good for it and I'm sure I would have been up to it physically, though I expect I would have flagged towards the end. I'm in awe of the energy Stripe Husky put into marching on foot this year.

Logan has already uploaded photos which you can enjoy here.

Wed, Mar. 6th, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)

I'd've been tempted to take the train, but that's me. ^_^ Not a brief jaunt, but rather scenic! Still, very good to see it all worked out in the end.

That definitely does look like fun. Did you have any time to spend in Sydney after the event? (I wonder how the Lord Nelson's doing.. went there several times while I was in town, enjoying the food at their restaurant upstairs a couple times, once or twice arriving too late for the kitchen)

Do you have pics on a non-G+/FB site, mayhaps?

Fri, Mar. 8th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)

Unfortunately, I was only in Sydney for that weekend so I didn't get any time to look around. I was at this beautiful historic pub in Sydney once when I was showing a rat around but I don't recall the name.

You don't like my links? The FB link works for people without FB; I even got an FB-impaired person to try it to confirm. And likewise I would have expected the G+ link to work too as that is Picasa, or at least I tried to make it be Picasa but I see G+ has swallowed up everything. :/ The FB photos aren't mine so I don't think I could take the liberty of posting them elsewhere. I could put the G+ photos somewhere else if you have some suggestions?

Wed, Mar. 6th, 2013 02:05 am (UTC)

I really must get my tail back up there one of these years! Sounds like it's just getting better and better :)
As for seriously considering a trip down to Melbourne, consider it seriously! *prods* ;)

Sat, Mar. 9th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)

Great pics! Glad you got to go and have fun.

Sun, Mar. 17th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)

Glad you had a good time. Looked like quite the scene.