I love how the exactly the same objections from some sectors come out every single year.
Why can’t [my NORMAL organisation] have a great big parade too?
You can! You just have to start with a small parade that people want to come and see/join every year, so that it grows over time. Start now and have some patience for 20 years. (link: GNT on the history of Sydney Mardi Gras Parade)
Why do taxpayers have to pay for all those policemen to keep order during the parade? They wouldn’t do it for a [my NORMAL organisation] event!
Actually, crowd control is one of the public duties that police are supposed to perform, and they do it for every event that draws a large crowd, including Opera in the Domain, Carols in the Domain, the City to Surf Fun Run, Justin Bieber at Circular Quay etc. The State government is fairly philosophical about this, because large events generate more tax revenue from all the attendees’ spending than the outgoings for extra policing etc. There were certainly plenty of police on crowd control duty at the 2008 World Youth Day event attended by the Pope, for example.
Why should my taxes go to subsidise this event that I find disgusting?
Everybody finds something disgusting, even your own personal favourite thing – I guarantee you this. The various levels of government subsidise public events that bring more revenue into the area than they cost to produce. Mardi Gras is one such event. If you’ve got another event you much prefer, and want it to get more public funding, then fill in your paperwork on the revenue stream it produces and make your case to the relevant funding committees.
Why do they have to flaunt* their sexual degeneracy in my face?
Is anybody forcing you to watch the Parade or any other Mardi Gras events? If you don’t want to see it, then don’t watch.
(* probably misspelled as “flout”)
Who’s seen any others?