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Google's Mardi Gras Parade Grants announced

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and supporting partner Google today announce the recipients of the second annual SGLMG Community Parade Grants Program.

The Google Mardi Gras Parade Grants program is designed to fund and support a diverse range of community ideas and provide grants to individuals, community groups and not-for-profit groups to help lift their parade entries to a completely new artistic level.

The 2018 parade marks the very special 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. As such, the Google Mardi Gras Parade Grants Program has invested further funds to support a greater number of community and not-for-profit groups and organisations. A total of $80,000 in grants has been divided among 31 applicants from all over Australia to help create extra fabulous floats in celebration of the anniversary.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu said: “The Google Parade Grants Program is designed to provide capacity and access support for community groups, and non-profit organizations, so we can help them spread their message around the world on Parade night.”

“From Selamat Datang, who want to show their Indonesian LGBTQI brothers and sisters that they stand with them in solidarity as the constitutional courts classify homosexuality as a mental disorder, to Trans Sydney Pride, who have a something special planned for President Trump, the recipients of these grants all have a powerful message to share,” said Casu.

KJ Pittl, who leads Google Australia's Gayglers group of LGBTQ employees and supporters said: “The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the biggest highlights of the year for many Googlers, and we are proud to continue our partnership. We want to assist as many people as possible to get involved with Mardi Gras - the SGLMG Parade Grants Program was a big success last year, and we’re thrilled to be able to help so many community organisations create fabulous floats for this year’s parade.”

Full List of Google Parade Grant Recipients:

  • Aqualicious Masters Swimming Inc
  • Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives
  • Bentstix Hockey
  • Cairns Tropical Pride
  • Colours of Our Community
  • Departure Lounge
  • Different Strokes Dragon Boat Club
  • ethel yarwood enterprises
  • Evolution of Dance and Divas
  • Flying Bats
  • FOBGAYS
  • Free Gay n Happy
  • Glitterati
  • In Memory of Carmen Rupe
  • Inner City Legal Centre
  • Itty Bitty Titty Committee
  • Mature Age Gays
  • NSW Trans Youth Alliance
  • People With Disability Australia
  • Selamat Datang GLBTQI
  • SM&M The Other 29ers
  • Sydney Rangers
  • Sydney Silverbacks
  • TGLRG - Tasmanian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby
  • The Incredigays
  • The Kirby Institute
  • Trans Sydney Pride
  • Trikone Australasia
  • Turing Circle
  • twenty10
  • Wonder Mama & The Warriors of Love
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Mardi Gras opens new workshop space in Sydney

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Today, New Mardi Gras officially opened its new creative workshop space in Redfern, Sydney Australia.

The space, sponsored by search engine, Google and the Sydney City Council will allow 2011 Parade participants to take their floats from fab to phenomenal.

The event today included a sausage sizzle, with proceeds going to the luncheon club, a blessing by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and an official opening by Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore.

If you have any items that you think may assist float organisers, the workshop is looking for donations of unwanted elements that may make a float look great. Tools, wood, metal, leather and sequins are also on the wishlist, along with anyone who is handy with a drill, good at marshaling crowds or dying fabric.

It is estimated that approximately 140 floats will take part in the 2011 Parade which will light up Oxford St on March 5.

New Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik said the parade aimed for quality not quantity this year and a collaborative approach was being taken with the thousands of people who wanted get involved.

For the first time the parade will be curated by consultant creative director, Ignatius Jones and workshop consultant Jane Becker, with the campaign moniker of ``say something’’ – aimed to reflect many salient topics.

Floats will support a cohesive artistic vision and it is hoped the creative standard of the parade which reach new heights.

To get involved visit the Mardi Gras website.

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