Whip out ‘ya sequins and feather boas because Mardi Gras is upon us for another year. Whilst there will be a whole lot less glitter this year thanks to the parade’s push for a much greener take on the LGTBQI celebration, there definitely won’t be any shortage of colour, rainbows, unicorns and PRIDE.
All things rainbow and pride aren’t just limited to Sydney’s own iconic Oxford Street though. Australia is also home to 122 other Oxford Streets, so to spread pride all over this country of ours, ANZ has decided to jazz up a few in true, Mardi Gras style.
Spreading a Bit of Mardi Gras everywhere across Australia 🌈 #OxfordSt #Bunbury #EastBunbury #EqualFuture @ANZ_AU @sarah_l_lang @carasmith6230 @larissa_beeson @CityofBunbury1 #pride @sydneymardigras pic.twitter.com/cskBhQb13O
— Lee Waters 🚜 (@lee_waters_sbb) February 20, 2019
Oxford Streets in Rockhampton (QLD), Bunbury (WA), Deep Lead (VIC) and Port Pirie (SA) got a bit of a rainbow unicorn/high heel/cupcake inspired makeover and the results are nothing short of a totally fabulous, pride-screaming masterpiece.
Last year we marched along Oxford St …. this year it came to us!!! 🌈🌈🌈 ‘All Roads Lead to Oxford Street’. Litchfield municipality has one of 144 Oxford roads in Australia in Berry Springs!!! 👠🕺💋This fabulous sign should stay!! #equalfuture #anz @TheNTNews @abcdarwin pic.twitter.com/PB0QfbluEk
— Kirsty Sayers-Hunt (@Sayhunt) February 19, 2019
Look who popped up in Rocky this week! Our very own Oxford St was 1 of 7 across the country to be chosen as a symbol of #equalfuture in the lead up to #mardigras2019 @ANZ_Research shows more needs to be done for LGBTIQ+ inclusion in Australia https://t.co/A26qfAN6HG pic.twitter.com/IR4uBa9TKL
— Erin Porteous (@erin_porteous) February 20, 2019
Watch ANZ’s entire vid here.
To spread the #equalfuture message far beyond the sequin-flooded pavement of Oxford Street this year, these jazzed up street signs has evoked an amazing response. Sadly though, we’re reminded of the long road we still have ahead of us.
It’s a shame that in this day and age that people can stoop to such lows and be ignorant to change.
This #equalfuture sign was put up yesterday and overnight, it was trashed and vandalised.
— Aunty Cecilia 🏳️🌈 🧜♀️ (@CJARucker) February 21, 2019
But with colour and pride spanning to even Australia’s most rural pockets this year, it’s hard to imagine hate crimes raining on any kind of parade, including this one. The show must certainly go on.
Image Source: ANZ Australia Youtube, Giphy, @CJARucker, @lee_waters_sbb, @sayhunt, @erin_porteous