marko_the_rat: (standing)
RivFur, having been downgraded back to a furry meet, was a laid back affair this year, but I still managed to have fun at the BBQ and the closing ceremonies (where Rattus participated in a drawing game). The BBQ was special, because I used it to celebrate Rattus's 10th birthday. Hopefully I'll have photos to show you from that down the track, but for now I am pleased to showcase these photos from the BBQ:

RivFur 2015
marko_the_rat: (standing)
It seems to have become part of my routine to give my own personal Mardi Gras wrap-up. My attempt to learn lessons from last year's Mardi Gras failed but it was still my best Mardi Gras yet! This being my 10th Mardi Gras in a row, I should explain why I keep coming back year after year. Lupie said it best, on a natural high at the after-party: We get to feel like rock stars, just for one night. That's what I come back for every year. Where else can a humble* rat like me experience huge crowds cheering us as we go past?

The furry float itself went off without a hitch (there were some last-minute dramas with the float but those got resolved before we started marching). I planned to march on foot this year, as sort of a tribute to Rattus's first Mardi Gras when he was only a partial and we all had to do it on foot, and I followed through. (Thanks to Dustan for getting my new external foot paws done at such short notice.) Doing the parade on foot makes it feel much more personal and immediate, and I was able to surprise some of the audience by handing out impromptu hugs and high-fives. It also meant I featured prominently in Channel 10's news coverage of the event. I've said before I do it for the crowd, not for the media, but it is a nice bonus. I was especially chuffed because this was Rattus's 10th and he deserved something special to mark it. I felt like I was entering an altered state of mind towards the end but I knew I was committed because there's no question of climbing onto the float once the parade has started (it's a safety issue).

But what are the lessons I failed to learn? I thought getting a room near the end of the parade route would make it easier but that back-fired. My unfamiliarity with Sydney (even with Google Maps, it's very confusing) meant I ended up still being around 3km away from the end of the parade route, and so far away from the start that the only way to get there was by bus. I ended up with a large entourage and organising furries is like herding epileptic cats. By the time we were all ready and waiting at the bus stop, it took several buses before there was one empty enough to take us and then it was a slow creep through traffic to get to Hyde Park (anyone would think there was some big event on!). To my great shame, Dustan had to wait for us so we could all get into the locked off staging area. Afterwards it was a trudge back to the room. I think I was better off with the room I had last year, though at least this way we didn't have to navigate our way around the Mardi Gras crowds.

While I was thrilled to get a photo of Rattus with Scurrow and to fan-boy him, I was deeply disappointed not to get a photo of all three rodents together (except in Logan Husky’s group photo of course). I didn’t think it was my place to be ordering fursuiters about so I let the opportunity pass. Maybe I should have been more bossy? I’m sure the furries thought me adequately bossy when I was trying to get them to Hyde Park!

I was telling myself that this was my last one, that I don't have to keep coming. But why should I stop? I am still having a great time and (as I proved this year) I am still up to the physical challenge of marching. I just need to get over my superstition that if I miss a year I won't go again. Who knows? Maybe in 2025 I could celebrate Rattus's 20th anniversary? I think I will need to ride on the float for that one.

* (Yes, I'm self aware enough to know I have a huge vain streak, in common with all rats and fursuiters. I was using the word "humble" ironically.)
marko_the_rat: (standing)
All packed and ready for my next great adventure: Rattus's 10th anniversary of doing Mardi Gras! When I say take 10 I mean it. Rattus did his first Mardi Gras in 2005, before he was even a full suit, and he has done every year since, even the year when there unfortunately wasn't a furry float. Being his 10th makes it something special for the both of us, and I want to honour it by marching on foot again this year, sort of as a tribute to the first year.
marko_the_rat: (standing)
I thought this being the start of the Lunar New Year, this might be apposite. I mentioned on G+ that I didn't do anything special for the last Year of the Rat, but that's not really true. At Further Confusion 2008 I had the most singular honour of heading up the fursuit parade. Madius had organised a banner celebrating the Year of the Rat which was due to start soon and was very topical for FC that year, whose theme was the Fur East. It seemed the FC parade organisers agreed. I had humbly agreed to take one end of the banner and soon after the parade organisers caught wind of the plan and called for us to come to the front of the parade. I would not have given up my half of the banner for anything at that point! I often say I am proud to be a rat, but I don't think I have ever been prouder than I was on that day. I don't know what I will do for 2020, but it is hard to think how I will top that.

Congratulations to sheep and goats, and to all the animals of the Zodiac. There are only 12 of us, so we are all very special. (With a special nod to cats, who only narrowly missed out.)

marko_the_rat: (fursuit)
I'm going to do the Million Paws Walk in Rattus! If enough people pledge enough money, I will even promise to do it in full suit! (And provide photos as proof.) Come on people! Help this rat get heat stroke!

http://www.millionpawswalkfundraising.com.au/pawsforeffect
marko_the_rat: (camera rat)
At long last, here are the much anticipated photos from Furry Down Under:



Start with the photo linked to above and keep clicking new. Also, a special surprise at the end! ;)
marko_the_rat: (fursuit)
Duncan the big green roo came up to Brisbane with Oz and Drake during his visit to Australia. They were kind enough to invite me out bowling in fursuit. As is usual when I'm fursuiting in public, I was a scared little rat beforehand but I had a good time once I started. And it was good to meet Duncan and say g'day.



Foxy has also put up a video here.
marko_the_rat: (fursuit - skippy)
Before FC, [livejournal.com profile] rainhopper gave me Skippy, a kangaroo fursuit by Pouch Hopper. This gift goes far beyond being "just" a fursuit; Pouch Hopper made Space Roo, the fursuit that changed my life. Rain gave me part of Pouch's spirit to remember him by. And to honour his memory, I need to make sure the suit gets worn and that it gets to Australia. Pouch had always dreamed of coming to Australia, but it was not to be.

Unfortunately, I wasn't ready to go out at FC in Skippy, but thanks to [livejournal.com profile] twigmouse I do have some photos for you. Expect to see more of Skippy over time.

In other fursuit-related news, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] higgs_raccoon, I have a better video of the fursuit parade to share with you. This was definitely my proudest moment at FC.
marko_the_rat: (Default)
I hope the participants (one of whom I can identify as Barbary Lion) and the photographer don't mind me taking some liberties with one of the Mardi Gras photos. I was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] blazger's funny photos to do one of my own.

Click here for photo )
marko_the_rat: (Default)
Ristin has his fursuit (also called Ristin). Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] ozkangaroo!

Ristin and Rattus
(Click the thumbnail for more photos.)

Isn't it gorgeous? (Is there some way I post this to a Flickr group, eg, Fun in Fur?)

19 November 2006: Edited to repair a broken link because I shuffled my sets.

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