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Mardi Gras gets State Funding

One of the world's best-known gay and lesbian events is finally being given state backing.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras generates more than $30m for the city and state of New South Wales and in a joint statement by Mardi Gras and Events NSW, the bodies announced that the event will receive vital funding to continue the festival and parade.

The amount of money the NSW government is to pump into the event is subject to a confidentiality agreement, but it is reported to be significant.

New Mardi Gras Chair David Imrie commented:

"This is going to really enable us to grow Mardi Gras and the Parade, and ultimately lead to us producing an amazing arts and cultural festival through the entire season.

"[It’s] going to aid our sustainability, but more importantly, lead to greater growth."

Even the new NSW Premier Nathan Rees got in on the celebration by stating:

"Mardi Gras is one of Sydney’s best known and iconic events. It is a spectacular Sydney event and makes a significant contribution to our state’s economy. It’s become an international showcase of Sydney’s inclusiveness, creativity and diversity, and a celebration shared by the wider community."

Although Mardi Gras is the largest cultural event in the country - many media outlets have negitivly focussed on funding, calling for comments to be posted on websites etc, with the "unbiased" Daily Telegraph, leading the charge of negative comments...

This reporter would like to point out the amount of funding that went to the World youth Day as a one off event, and many other cultural funding activities that do not involve as many people as Mardi Gras does.... but for now - what are your comments?

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