Well tonight the 2011 Gay and Lesbian Sydney Mardi Gras festival ends with the usual BANG, with the parade beginning at 7:30pm and the party afterwards. I love this time of year, the streets are so vibrant and festive and buzzing with gay tourists from all over the world. The festival lasts for 2 weeks and kickstarted this year with Queer Thinking, a day celebrating Gay Arts and Literature which I was very proud to be a part of for the second year running as judge of the Mardi Gras Short Story competition. For everyone in Sydney and Australia, enjoy the parade! For everyone else, we wish you were here! Happy Mardi Gras, everyone!