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Pacific costume part of 40th Mardi Gras celebrations

23 February 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Jae'D Victor - jaed.victor@pmn.co.nz

Sydney's iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

As part of month long celebrations, dynamic costumes from over the years are on display at the National Art School Gallery in Darlinghurst.

Oceania is represented by a Cook Islands chief's costume, worn at last year's parade by ex-pat Kiwi-Samoan Pisa Tufuga.

Pisa Tufuga in his Mardi Gras costume. Photo/ Supplied.

He says the Pasifika Rainbow community plays a big part in Australia's LGBTQI landscape.

"The whole title of the exhibition is called 'Love and Protest'. This is going back to 1978 when there were a lot of protests against the LGBTQI here in Sydney so celebrating the 40th is a milestone."

"Pacific people played a huge part in this whole thing hence why they asked for my costume to represent the Polynesians and the Pacific."

Pisa Tufuga says his Mardi Gras costume was a birthday gift from his aunties, from Auckland's Manurewa.

The Sydney Mardi Gras is on March 4. 

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