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The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras turns 40 this year,
and with the YES vote fresh in our minds, you know it's going to be a
hell of a party, one that even CHER couldn't resist!
But it's not all about the party and parade! The festival brings
LGBTQI communities from around the world to Sydney, to enjoy a
great program of events, including Fair Day, launching this year's
festival on Sunday 18, February.
It's a big day out that brings everyone together, and really
showcases the diversity of the LGBTQI community. It's free,
family-friendly and attracts over 70,000 people each year. The
carnival atmosphere is fabulous, welcoming, exciting and at times
outrageous. You can expect to be entertained, educated and connected.
There's a melting pot of activity that blends the every-day with
unique with events such as The Doggwood stage and drag cabaret shows.
With over 250 stalls on site, it's also a great place to get
information on a range of services and support networks for members of
I can't wait to get down to Fair Day on Sunday. I think the
LGBTIQ+ community feels invigorated and more connected than it has
been in years. Celebrating 40 years of the world renowned festival
and the success of the Yes vote for love and equality, there is no
better event on Earth than Mardi Gras to truly celebrate.
The program this year is really exciting and there's so much to
see and do. Number one on my list is to hear the 78ers- The
Stonewall 1978 generation, speak at the event. The original group of
individuals who stood up for our community and got this festival
started 40 years ago. Who knows where we would be without their
contribution. Lord Mayor Clover Moore, who is a great supporter will
also be speaking. I'm also looking forward to checking out the
sports village where anything goes, the Tropicana bar with a great
mix of DJ's and as always, the dog show – Doggywood Best in Show.
It's so much fun!
I feel Mardi Gras this year belongs to everyone, more than it ever
has. I think the YES vote will have a positive impact on youth
across Australia, so this in itself is something everyone who voted
YES should feel immensely proud of.
For myself personally, queer feels cool again! I am excited to
stand proud, be seen, celebrate the community. What better way than
by taking the world stage at Mardi Gras and having a fabulous time
at Fair Day!
Happy 40th Mardi Gras! Check out the festival program