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Hundreds of gay men, lesbians, bi, trans, queer folk and their friends turned out to the launch of the annual Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve festival in the streets of Lismore yesterday.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell Tweeted her excitement as she welcomed the ‘honorary Lismorons’ to the town.

A new addition to this year’s festival is a special NORPA production from the multi-talented actor and Broadway star Alan Cummings.

Last night’s opening night of Alan Cummings Sings Sappy Songs at Lismore City Hall was a sell-out success and, according NORPA there are just a handful of tickets left for tonight’s final performance.

Meanwhile The Glitta Supernova Experience presents Lets Get METAphysical by Pretty Peepers Cabaret at Byron Theatre for one night tonight (December 30).


But most of the excitement is over the main event, the annual Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve dance party at the Lismore Showgrounds, which annually attracts queer party-goers from all over the globe.

According to Tropical Fruits spokesperson Maddy, this year’s theme of Superfreaks has been well taken up, with some outfits already shown off at yesterday’s launch but hundreds more waiting for tomorrow night for the big reveal.

‘We’ve sold over $400,000 worth of tickets already,’ Maddy said, while assuring Echonetdaily readers that tickets will still be available on the door on the night.

ACON's float in yesterday's (December 29) Tropical Fruits parade in LIsmore. Photo Tropical Fruits
ACON’s float in yesterday’s (December 29) Tropical Fruits parade in LIsmore. Photo Tropical Fruits

Highlights of tomorrow night’s extravaganza will include world-famous northern rivers indigenous drag entertainer Destiny Haz Arrived, who will be performing in the moments leading up to Lismore’s spectacular fireworks, which are set off from the Showgrounds.

‘Plus there are heaps of big name national and international DJs coming through, she added.

The Showgrounds venue hosts two massive dance spaces, a cabaret area and chillout zone as well as the annual Tropical Fruits art exhibition.

The main event is followed up by a popular pool party on January 1, at the Lismore Memorial Baths, and for those still in the mood a tea dance on New Year’s Day afternoon.

‘The campsite is filling pretty quick but some sites are still available for pre-purchased ticketholders,’ says Maddy, adding that around 500 punters are already camping onsite and all up around 3,500 are expected through the door on the night.

Funds from the annual event go towards purchasing a permanent home for Tropical Fruits and supporting its work, including Fresh Fruits, one of the largest gay and lesbian youth groups in the country.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to the Tropical Fruits website.


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