HE'D never heard of the gay and lesbian Tropical Fruits Festival before he arrived in Australia a week ago, but after being wrestled into the water off a giant inflatable ‘castle' on Saturday, New Yorker Jesse Archer was enamoured.
“You would never be allowed to have a party like this in New York,” a dripping wet and grinning Mr Archer said
“We're too litigious in the US. Someone would fall over on the concrete and the pool would get closed down.
“But this is like Mardi Gras on the farm. It reminds me of making the Burning Man Festival in Nevada. It's not at all pretentious and there's a generosity of spirit here. I think the rural aspect gives it that feeling.”
Mr Archer was one of 700 revellers celebrating the New Year, Lismore style, at the annual Splash Pool Party on Saturday – the first of two recovery parties held after Friday night's Tropical Fruits New Year's Eve Festival which drew a crowd of 2800 people.
With everything you'd expect from a summer poolside party – barbecue, cool drinks, music, hula-hoops and bikinis – “Splash” was the place to relax and “chill-out” after a night of dancing, said organiser Hannah Rice-Hayess.
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