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Midsumma Carnival

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  1. A DJ plays to a large outdoor crowd.
    Photograph: Suzanne Balding
  2. A drag queen with a high, purple hairstyle playing with small dogs. The Melbourne city skyline is in the background
    Photograph: Supplied
  3. A dog wearing a colourful fake flower garland
    Photograph: Supplied

Time Out says

Slap on some sunscreen, dress up your pooch and limber up for a lip-synch

This much-loved outdoor event kicks off the three-week Midsumma Festival, and is an annual highlight for Melbourne’s LGBTQI community.

There’s something for all ages and persuasions at Midsumma Carnival, with three performance stages, tons of food trucks and market stalls from queer-friendly businesses selling wares and giving away free goodies.

You can unfurl a blanket at the Picnic Stage, see a parade of pooches at the crowd-favourite Midsumma Dog Show, put on a performance for an audience of 45,000 in the lip-synching competition hosted by Frock Hudson or tackle the sports precinct.

Young guns can keep cool in the Minus18 youth precinct, little-er ones can be entertained in the family domain, and queer elders can gather in the tea tent. As the sun sets on Alexandra Gardens, the carnival transforms into T Dance, a dance party with two major headliners.

Pop Sunday, January 23 in your calendar and prepare for a full day of fun. 

Alannah Maher
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Alannah Maher


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