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A month on from WorldPride, musician HAAi reflects on being home for the magic of Mardi Gras

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After living away from Sydney and Oz for 11 years I was so excited to come back home and be a part of this year's Mardi Gras and WorldPride events. The city was electric and at times it was definitely emotional seeing the togetherness and collective joy being shared amongst people in the streets.

I loved playing the official after party and one of my highlights was without a doubt a sneaky appearance that I made at my close friend Mikey Nolan’s private party for Double Rainbouu. It was definitely one for the books.


I saw so many amazing outfits that night, especially at the Double Rainbouu party. I was suitably decked out in the new season Double Rainbouu range, wearing the Blackstar Hawaiian shirt and jeans with a new black season mesh vest top. My look was styled by the one and only Sarah Starkey, who finished off the look with a rhinestone belt necklace and cowboy hat.


Navigating our way through the city was a mission, so sadly it left little time to eat. But it didn’t take me long to tuck into a few cocktails once I arrived at Freda’s for the party. Their signature drinks for the evening were a big hit.


I walked from my hotel to Freda’s for the Cafe del Mardi Gras party. Then set off with a 15 strong crew of old pals to the Hordern Pavilion where I played at Liberty Hall. The walk was definitely a special highlight of the weekend. Plenty of old jokes to be had as well as some serious anticipation for the afterparty!


My fave moment of the night was playing the Groove Armada track, History. It really is such an incredible track to play on special occasions. Being a part of this weekend with so many old friends, and being able to be a part of the performance on this night meant so much and is something I will treasure the with pals and our queer community for ever.

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