READY TO PARTY: Tropical Fruits event co-ordinators Marie Reilly and Erif Benham are excited about what is expected to be the b
READY TO PARTY: Tropical Fruits event co-ordinators Marie Reilly and Erif Benham are excited about what is expected to be the b

Tropical Fruits keen to cut loose

By tonia moorton tonia.moorton@northernstar.com.au HER vinyl stilettos might get stuck in the mud, but that won't stop Marie Reilly dancing all night on New Year's Eve.

About 3500 people will descend on Lismore Showground for the 19th Tropical Fruits party, the biggest gay and lesbian event on the North Coast.

And this year it's all about glamour, sweetie, and organisers are rolling out 200 metres of red carpet for the opening on Monday night.

Gracing the red carpet will be sensational costumed dancers, performers, VIP entertainers and to add an added touch of Hollywood, two huge spotlights will ignite the sky.

As a special treat, two deluxe burlesque fans will be added to the fanfare, and this year for the first time there will be a cafe and cabaret stage for even more old-school glam.

Along with the cabaret cafe, there will be an art exhibit, film festival and three dance parties on-site.

The guys at Richmond Waste have even jumped on the red carpet, changing all the normally green bins at the showground to a stunning scarlet for the weekend.

And to cap it all off, fireworks will blast into the sky to mark the start of the New Year.

Camping is available at the showground.

The fun doesn't stop after New Year's Eve, with a splash party on New Year's Day at the Lismore pool from 10am-4pm; and after that a recovery party from 4pm to 1.30am back at the showground.

The aim of the annual fundraiser is to raise about $45,000 to run programs, including suicide prevention, throughout the year.

Tickets for the event are selling out, so if you haven't got yours you had better be quick. Visit www.tropicalfruits.org.au, or call 6622 6440 for tickets and information.



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