Monthly Archives: February 2010

Fair Day in Victoria Park

Getting to Victoria Park is no easy task.  Well it should be, but it wasn’t.  My hotel, which advertises on their website to being a Mardi Gras and LGBT community supporter knew nothing about the event, or where Victoria Park was.  I then just headed down to the city, where two taxi drivers told me they had never heard of the park, and that I must have the name wrong.  Luckily, after about 40 minutes, a police officer pointed me in the right direction.

Now, I’ve heard about the Aussie sun before, but now I know the true meaning of “Being Naked.”  It was hot, and not a cloud in the sky.  The park was full of music, food, promotional and awareness booths, a pet show, games,  and just friends getting together for a regular day in the park.  

It was a long day, but a very interesting introduction to Sydney.  The community here is much more established, and free than in Taiwan and the Philippines.  For me it had a much different feel, and I am still trying to put my finger on it.  Still jet-lagged and sunburnt, I slowly made the walk back to King’s Cross, and passed out in my bunk.


(Travel Experiences of WWP Photographer ~ Charles Meacham)

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Well here I am in Sydney.

Yeah, so I had the times a bit confused in Darwin, and here I am in Sydney.  The King’s Cross area is a lot like other backpacker havens, so getting settled in hasn’t been that much of an adjustment.  Sydney is of course a huge city and the idea that I am showing up to try to photograph so many events is a little overwhelming at times.  Tomorrow is Fair Day, which is one of the main events of Mardi Gras.  Tens of thousands are going to be showing up in Victoria Park, and I am hoping for some good photographs, but for now I have to fight the urge to sleep.  I look forward to meeting a lot of the community here, which has been so good in helping me try to get a grasp of what is to come.   Don’t sleep Chad, don’t sleep.

(Travel Experiences of WWP Photographer ~ Charles Meacham)

Where Women Glow and Men Thunder

Where am I again?

It’s 5am in Darwin, Australia, and I’m sitting in the airport having an average cup of coffee and an over-priced sandwich that looks nothing like the picture, as my bloodshot eyes stare out into space.  I’ve spent the last 2 days almost entirely in airports, and I have another 5 hours on this lay-over before my flight takes off for Sydney.  For the next 8 days I will be photographing the huge Mardi Gras event…..oh I think they are boarding….I’ll write more when I get there.

(Travel Experiences of WWP Photographer ~ Charles Meacham)

Some ‘Favorites’ we have found online … and our 2010 World Pride Parade Calendar w/ YouTube Clips!

Best Rainbow Breakfast:
Should Rainbow pancakes be eaten before gay pride parades? Yummy

Huge Pride Parades:

Favorite T-shirt Design:

WWP's favorite Gay Pride T-shirt design(From Shirtoid.com)

Top Blogs:

Favorite Pride Parade Poster:

Favorite Gay Pride Parade Poster

Excellent Photo/Art Websites:

Favorite Music Video:

Top Magazines:

Favorite Gay Pride Event Calendar:

Bestprideparades.com - 2010 Pride Parade Calendar w/ Youtube clips!

Check out YouTube videos of pride parades
around the world!


Project Update – Feb. 8, 2010

First off, we’d like to say thank you to Jason Dixon and Jeff McBride, members of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras team. They have both helped us in getting the permits and passes needed to photograph the events in Sydney.  We greatly appreciate their help, since Mardi Gras 2010 is just around the corner.

Unfortunately, while I won’t be able to go with Chad to Sydney, he will be arriving on Feb. 20 and staying for eight days.  The first main Mardi Gras event Chad will be photographing is Fair day on Feb. 21, held at Victoria Park, so keep an eye out for him if you plan to be there.

Also, thanks to everyone who has shown support for the *New* 2010 Pride Parade Calendar.  If you haven’t had the chance to take a look, it’s pretty fascinating as it includes video clips of pride parades from all over the world.

To help promote the site, we also welcome ad banner swaps on the site, so email us if you would like to exchange LGBT/pride-related link banners!

2010 Pride Parade Calendar by WWP

Launch of 2010 Pride Parade Calendar

Have you ever wondered what a pride parade in Japan looks like, or what about a march in S. Africa, Lithuania, the USA, Greece, Mexico, India, or any of the other countries around the globe?

These questions got me thinking, and with the help of WordPress, YouTube, and many many many hours online and on Excel, I’ve been able to develop a one of a kind 2010 pride parade calendar.  Searchable by country and by month, this huge database is special  in that it provides embedded video clips of pride parades for each country.  While some 2010 dates have not yet been confirmed by their pride organizations, these parades are marked with a “*” and dates are generated based on 2009 data.  If you have any comments, or would like to submit a link – make sure to email us: wwpproject@yahoo.com

2010 Pride Parade Calendar of LGBT Gay March Events around the Globe

Besides providing a well-organized list of pride parades to visitors, this website was additionally created to support pride-related advertisers.  All ad-revenue and donations from this site will directly contribute toward supporting the project’s travel costs.   We will also be developing a pride store, in which links to unique pride gear from businesses around the globe will be provided.

Okay, that’s enough of me describing it, why don’t you visit the website for yourself and tell us your feedback …

http://www.bestprideparades.com