Out of the bars and into the streets
Archie Rose True Cut Vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, lime juice, Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic
The Oxford Hotel on Oxford Street, a heritage site of historical significance, has supported the community for over a century. It stands opposite Taylor Square where the first Mardi Gras Parade took place in 1978. The parade was led by gay men, lesbians and their political allies, who chanted “out of the bars and into the streets!” to encourage greater visibility. After the parade, police arrested 53 people, some of whom were physically assaulted. The following Monday, the Sydney Morning Herald published their names, addresses and occupations, subjecting them to public shaming. The surviving 78er’s, those who attended the riot, play an active role in Sydney’s rainbow celebrations, leading the annual Mardi Gras Parade after the First Nations float.