Hi everyone, here are all the details you need for Mardi Gras night! Please read the whole email carefully; it contains all the information you need, and you'll be expected to know about it.
First thing: our float is G10. Please remember this; if you get lost, if you're late, if anything happens, you'll be able to get help finding G10 when you'll be completely lost looking for 'the one with the particles'. G10. G10 G10 G10!
also, if you need to call someone, try me on 0417450802 or Colin on 0468384229. keep in mind that it'll be a noisy environment.
Mardi Gras is on this Saturday, March 2. We will be meeting outside the New Windsor Hotel on the corner of Park Rd and Castlereagh St at 4.30pm. We're taking a bit of a risk in not dragging you in earlier, so don't let us down. If you can't make it that early, or if you might be late, arrange it with me beforehand. Otherwise you won't get in because I won't be able to get a wristband to you. If you're later than 7pm, though, you won't get in anyway - the gates will be locked.
WHAT TO WEAR
We expect to have one-size-fits-all disposable lab coats for everyone. Unfortunately they're not quite as nice as real labcoats, and besides, they haven't yet arrived. So if you have your own (or spares), please bring them along!
Under the labcoats we suggest you wear an atheist tshirt, though you're welcome to dress up however you like if you have a better idea!
We've printed a run of tshirts, which we're selling for $15, so if you'd like one, let me know what you want and I can bring it for you on the day. We have two designs - one is a brain with wings, which says 'freethinker'; the other says 'Sydney Queer Atheists' in a heart-shaped border made of people holding hands. You can see that design at queeratheists.org/tshirts
WHAT TO BRING
This year there will be more food vendors inside the start area, so you won't starve. Still I'd recommend bringing food, water, something warm to wear while we wait and something to keep you dry - rain is forecast for sometime that day, but we'll march whatever the conditions! We have a ute this year, which means there's somewhere to put our bags while we march, but please remember space is limited.
Also, Mardi Gras is a dry space, so if you're caught with alcohol it will be tipped out. Drugs, glass bottles, toy weapons and animals are also not allowed.
AT THE END
When we get to the end, those of us who aren't holding particles or needing to collect bags, will veer off to the left at the first pedestrian exit, then head right to the last big tree. The rest of us stay with the ute until the second exit, and this shouldn't be too many people so it would be great if people could coordinate about who's doing what, beforehand.
At the tree we can make sure everyone's ok and has their belongings. Once we've all checked in, we can loop around to watch the end of the parade, or people can go home or go to dinner or whatever, but please don't wander off before this and make us worry!
And after we've all gotten home and had a good sleep, come to the debrief and see the photos and videos that were taken, tell the others what they missed out on and throw some ideas around for next year, while we're still excited! It's on the Wednesday, March 6, 6pm at the Crown Hotel which is on the corner of Elizabeth and Goulburn Streets.
And finally: at this stage, we still have room for more people, so tell your friends and get them to fill out the registration form.
See you all on Saturday!