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Drag Queens Crew Sydney Mardi Gras Flight

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A cabin crew of drag queens and a Kylie Minogue impersonator entertained guests flying Virgin Blue from Melbourne to Sydney on Thursday for the city's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

The Sydney Morning Herald writes that the "unusually tall cabin crew" shocked commuters at the Melbourne Airport as they boarded the plane. The crew entertained passengers with dance routines, and champagne was free-flowing.

"People come in droves to Sydney to take part in the celebrations, especially from Melbourne, so we thought it was a great opportunity to quiff our beehives, break out the sequins and kick off the party early by getting into the spirit of Mardi Gras 'Priscilla' style on the journey there," Virgin Blue chief executive Brett Godfrey said in a statement.

One of the drag queens working the flight told reporters before takeoff that after the "boring safety demo we'll do our alternative version -- we're going to sing the safety demonstration."

Seats on the flight started at $199 each way.

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