Here are the best photos from a tiny country town’s LGBTI Mardi Gras

Hay Mardi Gras 2018. | Photo: Facebook via Dianne Butler A small town regional Australia just became the unlikely place for an amazing LGBTI Mardi Gras. Hay is in the middle of the massive state of New South Wales (NSW) which was hosting another LGBTI event on the same weekend, the world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The town’s population is only about 2,000 people but hundreds turned up to its Mardi Gras over the weekend. Knowing that not many people could make the big trip to Sydney, organizers planned a viewing party of Sydney’s parade. But before they knew it plans spiralled out of control and Hay ended up hosting its own Mardi Gras. They named it The Rainbow on the Plains Festival. ‘Originally we envisioned a group of maybe 80 gathering to watch the 40th Sydney parade together because we couldn’t get to Sydney,’ organizer Krista Schade told Gay Star News. ‘It then became a fundraiser for Can Assist, but then grew into and event supporting the LGBTIQA community and a way to promote acceptance diversity as a human rights issue.’ Organizers put together a parade down the main street and a Saturday night party to […]