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Next working bee is this Sunday, March 1. Get in touch for details!
There may be another one on Wednesday, and Friday afternoon is when we pick up the ute and hope to get everything finalised!
Take a look at this video to familiarise yourself with what we'll be doing. As you can see, we have only four moves:
- wave the sign right-left-right-left
- turn so the crowds can see your sign - right then left
- sign up-down-up-down-up-down-up-down
- turn in a circle.;
We need to keep moving forward while we do this, so we don't hold up the whole parade! We will have a drummer to keep us on track, and there will be plenty of other people to follow if you feel unsure.
Our next working bee is on Wednesday. Check out facebook.com/events/861373437255401 or contact us for more details.
Hi everyone, we have less than a month to go!
Parliament House on a Ute is coming along, we're designing some tshirts and collecting slogans for a whole lot of placards.
All the finer details are available at https://www.facebook.com/events/841847839211131/, which should be accessible even if you don't do facebook.
Tickets are at https://www.stickytickets.com.au/23325. If you have any questions, say hi!
Hi everyone, we had a very productive day at the workshop today.
The idea as it stands:
- dress the ute up as parliament house, with boards along the side in the image of the building and the pyramid-shaped flagpole structure on top made of plywood. The flag will probably say "no exemption". The house will probably be overlaid with the slogan and the website. noone will be dressed as priests etc, so we will be relying on words to convey that it's exemptions for religions that we're particularly concerned about.
- people standing on the ute (in parliament house) will be handing out big placards to others on the ground - free passes do discriminate, styled like monopoly 'get out of jail free' cards. these can be shown to the crowd, then slid onto the back of the ute to be given again.
- the rest of us will be protesters, with placards to wave in a very simple routine. We will demonstrate the routine and put it on youtube so people can see and learn it.
- we may make small leaflets to give out, so we can engage the crowd and explain ourselves more clearly.
- we will print tshirts so everyone can wear them. the people on the ute can put a suit jacket over the top.
- behind the protesters, we will end the float with another big banner.
- we may have LED light strips outlining the house, and/or spotlights up to the flag
- we won't have music unless someone thinks of something relevant, very soon. we may have someone with a drum or something beating time for the choreography.
We are going to need:
- helpers at working bees
- a driver
So far, we've heard:
- No abuse / No excuse / No exemption from antidiscrimination
- Abolish religions' permanent exemption to the antidiscrimination laws. Change the law.
- people dressed as closets hugging teachers to show how religious schools make teachers and teaching students stay closeted
- Pash n Dash - kiss religion goodbye. with Kate Cebrano's 'Pash'
- Kiss discrimination goodbye
- Abbott's head on a platter
- Something about the world congress of families, religion in politics
- Flowering of knowledge, blossoming, polination
...what do you think?
Yes, now that we've recovered from this year's float, it's time to start thinking about next year's. Let us know if you have any ideas!
Check out our new displays of Mardi Gras photos on the Previous floats tab!
Let us know if you have any to add, too. We're always keen to see more!
It's done! Mardi Gras is over for another year... but we still have a debrief to come!
Join us to see the footage and have a chat about how it went and how we could improve for next year:
This Sunday, the 9th of March, 1pm at the Friend in Hand Hotel, 85 Cowper St, Glebe.
Everyone is welcome, whether you were part of the parade or you're just interested!
This event is listed at facebook.com/events/233156620201375