100,000 Attend Opening of Gay Midsumma Event in Melbourne

Published Date Author: , January 20th, 2011

Midsumma Melbourne Gay FestivalAN ESTIMATED 100,000 people thronged Birrarung Marr on the banks of the Yarra yesterday for Carnival, the opening of Melbourne’s yearly queer arts and cultural festival, Midsumma, setting an attendance record.

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu had been set to make history as the first premier to officially open the festival, but cancelled at the 11th hour so he could visit the state’s flood-affected towns.

He was represented instead by Minister for Mental Health and Community Services, Mary Wooldridge, who told the crowd Mr Baillieu “sent his sincerest apologies for not being here”.

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