Not too many years after that first dizzying entrance, Act was asked to perform officially at the event in 2002.
“I was in a showcast called Diva-stated at the Midnight Shift club on Oxford Street with Ashley Streep and Vanity Fair,” she recalls. “We put on a show at the after-party at 4am. We had 40 dancers and made costumes. It was this huge epic production show and it was a lot of hard work, but it was really fun.”
Having been appointed the official Mardi Gras Ambassador three times, Act believes part of the parade’s continued importance is in recognising a unique – and momentous – part of Australian history and our culture.
“Events like Mardi Gras really brings people together in the community. You get to learn a little bit about the 78ers who marched down Oxford St and up William St and were beaten and arrested by the police, you learn about these different icons of the community. And you also get to focus your attention outwards.
“While things are fabulous here in Australia and we have marriage equality now, there are queer people fighting for their lives in other parts of the world. So, it’s also a chance for us as a community to think, ‘How we can help other people who aren’t as fortunate as us?’”