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The Indigenous Mardi Gras recovery party was the best of the festival

The Indigenous Mardi Gras recovery party was the best of the festival

A fierce Tiwi Island sistergirl performs at the Mardi Gras recovery party.

The home of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was jam packed for one of the most popular Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras recovery parties.

The Imperial Hotel hosted the Mardi Gras Hangover hosted by drag queens Marzi Panne and Mis Ellaneous.

The event doubled as a fundraiser for the Northern Territory Aids and Hepatitis Council, which recently had its federal funding cut.

LGBTI people from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities flocked to the event.

The crowds were entertained with moving performances by the Tiwi Island sistergirls. Sistergirls and brotherboys are Indigenous transgender people in Australia.

The Tiwi sistergirls are from a remote island in northern Australia and fundraised money to attend their first Mardi Gras.

A number of the women did lip-synch performances.

The group finished with a moving traditional Farewell Song to say goodbye to Mardi Gras and the people they met. The performance moved many of the sistergirls and spectators to tears.

‘This party was about bringing all of our community together but also celebrating the rich diversity that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ community has to offer,’ Mis Ellaneous said.

Despite the hangover, everyone was smiling

Politician Chansey Paech and NTAHC ambassador Casey Conway

Chansey Paech and Casey Conway
Chansey Paech (L) and Casey Conway Shannon Power

Can’t even pose

(L-R)L Marzi Panne, Steven Oliver and Mis Ellaneous
(L-R) Marzi Panne, Steven Oliver and Mis Ellaneous

Hotties all around

Taz, a mental health and transgender champion with his sister

Mis Ellaneous’ wandering hands

The Tiwi Island sistergirls steal the show