ASP at Midsumma 2011

DSCF0301Once again, the Sex Party team were out in force at the Midsumma Carnival this weekend.

After a muggy week, Melbourne provided us with a beautiful sunny day - perfect for downing a few bevvies on the banks of the Yarra while spreading the good news!  Midsumma Carnival is always a very happy and positive event - you'd be hard pressed to find anyone in the crowd not having a good time, and it is even more special to see families of all kinds out enjoying the day together.

Always one of the most colourful political offerings, our stand attracted a consistently large crowd throughout the day with our bubbly volunteers and Swiss Navy lube give-aways.  The Strawberry-Kiwi flavour was a hit!  As with many an event before it, everyone wanted one of our 'Vote 1 Sex' tattoos and relished being sponged down by the Sexy folk.  Simon and Mia kept the punters entertained with an impromptu duet accompanied by Simon's yellow ukelele, I got a kiss from a good-natured supporter, and we all went gaga for all of the gorgeous dogs that came down with their owners - so many cute puppies...  Ok, so maybe that was just me.

In a huge breakthrough for the party, for the first time in the 18 months I've been volunteering almost everyone who stopped to say hello had heard of us, many had voted for us, and a fair few were already members!  It was such a great feeling to have people telling us what a great job we'd been doing and often even asking how they could help.  I spoke to people who were interested in helping to develop policy, people who wanted to run as candidates, and people who were dragging friends and family over wanting them to get involved.  We even proved a hit with many of the tennis crowd who were milling around!    It was incredible to be able to spend most of the day telling people how far their vote had gotten us and congratulating them for helping us to grow the Party so quickly in Victoria.

We're now even more pumped for Pride March in two weeks' time and would love to see you there!  If you would like to join us, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you Melbourne for yet another awesome event, and thank you to all of the volunteers and candidates who helped out - Fiona, Graeme, Christian, Douglas, Rob, Amy, Rory, Martin, Joel, Simon, Mia, Emma, Jack and everyone else...

Our stand was busy all day

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We have the sexiest volunteers

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Our tatts look great on everyone

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We will put them anywhere

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It was great to see other political parties taking part in Midsumma - but they didn't have as much fun as we did!

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For more pics of our fun at Midsumma, please visit our gallery

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