Sydney World Pride: Exhausted traveller Chris Zou claims Sydney Mardi Gras has ‘broken’ tourists
A tourist who flew to Sydney from Canada to attend Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride has been left feeling ‘exhausted’ and ‘broken’ from more than two weeks of celebrations.
Canadian traveller Chris Zou shared his experience since arriving Down Under – from interacting with Sydneysiders who ‘don’t sleep’ to being taken aback by Australia’s drinking culture.
On Sunday the 35-year-old claimed Sydney WorldPride has ‘broken’ New Yorkers and the festivities were ‘more intense’ than Toronto WorldPride.
He’s previously said what would be considered a pretty big party back in the States is only a fraction of what he experienced in Australia.
This year the Sydney events kicked off on February 17 and concluded on March 5, which Chris deemed to be ‘too much’.
Canadian traveller Chris Zou (pictured) has been left feeling ‘exhausted’ by the huge number of Sydney WorldPride events spanning across two weeks – which has exceeded expectations compared to previous WorldPride celebrations
In a video Chris recounted a conversation he had with a group of Americans while at a party in the early hours of the morning.
‘At this kick on I met a bunch of Americans, they were New Yorkers, and they were like “Oh my god, are you Chris from TikTok?” and I was like “Yes, yes I am that meme”,’ he said.
‘And they held my hand and they were like “Oh my god, this is a lot. This is even more intense than New York WorldPride.”
‘And I’m like “I know! I know bestie. Toronto WorldPride was nothing like this.”
‘So Sydney WorldPride has even managed to break the New Yorkers, which I didn’t even think was possible.’
Over the weekend there were a number of events – including the Pride March across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Oxford Street Party, and Rainbow Republic closing concert.
There was even a closing party on Sunday night that ran from 10pm to noon on Monday, which left Chris flabbergasted.
But then, to his surprise, he claims to have spoken to ‘bunch of local Sydneysiders’ who said they were ‘done with Pride’.
‘I was like, “Are you guys going to the finale – the party that starts at 10pm and ends at noon?” and they were like “Well technically it ends at 5am then it turns into a morning glory.”
‘I was like, “Please, please do not explain what a morning glory is because those words already sound so exhausting.”
He then said to the group ‘I’ll see you guys there’, but the Sydney locals turned around and said: ‘No no no, we are done with WorldPride.’
‘And there you have it people. Sydney WorldPride has even broken the Australians,’ he said.
The video has since been viewed more than 98,000 times, with Aussies reassuring Chris he still ‘looks fantastic’ for someone who has partied so much.
‘I don’t feel fantastic,’ he responded in the comments.
Another added: ‘You’re so close, just hang in there mate.’
A third said: ‘And you’ll come back next year to do it all again.’
This year the Sydney events kicked off on February 17 and concluded on March 2, which Chris deemed to be ‘too much’
Earlier in his trip Down Under Chris was shocked by Australia’s drinking culture.
The content creator, who appeared bleary-eyed and exhausted in another video, took issue with his followers not warning him about what he was in for.
‘When do people sleep? I’m shocked that I’m still alive because you guys, my mates, did not warn me about Mardi Gras… This is not just a regular party,’ he said.
‘You know back at home when you have a party it would start at maybe like 11pm and ends at like 5am and that’s considered a pretty wild night?’ he said.
‘Here? No, no, no. You have a pre-party at someone’s place, and then you have a day party that starts at two or 3pm and then it ends at 10pm.’
Earlier in his trip Down Under Chris was shocked by Australia’s drinking culture
At this point he said that he was looking forward to calling it a night and going to bed early.
‘But no, no. Then you’ve got a night party after that, that starts from 10pm to like 5am and then there’s an after-party at someone’s place that ends at like 9am.’
‘Then there’s brunch! When the f*** do these people sleep?’
Chris had assumed he would have a nice week-long break between Mardi Gras and the Sydney WorldPride 2023 celebrations but the last straw was when he heard the two pretty much rolled into one huge party, sparking his TikTok meltdown.
‘Apparently all the Australians outside of Sydney knew about this because they’re all running away from the city now, they’re all going home.
‘But my friends and I are stuck here for one more weekend for WorldPride and I don’t know if I have that much Pride left in me.
‘After this trip I don’t know if I’m gonna be gay’ he said, breaking down in tears of exhaustion.
Commenters on his video assured him he just needed a day or two to recover and he would be fine – with a good story to tell.
‘That’s getting ready drinks, pre’s, the actual party, the after-party, kick-ons, and brunch. That’s how it goes… you’re welcome!’ one person said.
‘It sounds fantastic but I’m going to take a nap now just after listening to how exhausted you are,’ added another.
‘Hahaha I visited from Melbourne, the city was poppin’,’ added a third.
On Saturday February 25, about 12,500 marchers on 200 floats danced, sang and celebrated as they commemorated the parade’s return down Oxford Street
On Saturday February 25, about 12,500 marchers on 200 floats danced, sang and celebrated as they commemorated the parade’s return down Oxford Street.
Many parade attendees later migrated to the Mardi Gras Party at the Entertainment Quarter, which was followed by the Mardi Gras Laneway in the early afternoon.
The event – ‘the epitome of kick-ons’ – started as a portable speaker on a milk crate. It has since expanded to a multi-dancefloor party with an open-air stage that will host 10,000 ticketholders until early on Monday morning.
WorldPride continued for another week before finishing with a historic march across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, where 50,000 people took part in a call for global equality.
WorldPride has been called Sydney’s biggest event since the 2000 Olympics and expected to host more than half a million people across its 300 or so events.