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Mardi Gras opens new workshop space in Sydney

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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