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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 jumps TV channels in 2015

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It was the highest rating TV program to date for SBS2, and with record numbers comes a change. The free-to-air broadcaster has told us that the Parade will NOT be returning to SBS2 in 2015 - but instead will be "moved up" to their lead channel, SBS ONE.paradetv
SBS Director of Television, Tony Iffland said exclusively to Guidetogay.com “The broadcast of the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on SBS 2 earlier this year attracted an incredibly strong audience. From this success, we have decided to elevate this iconic event and shift our coverage of the 2015 parade to SBS ONE. We are looking forward to capturing all the colour, spectacle and celebration of the 2015 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and delivering it to even more Australians via our primary channel on Sunday 8 March.”

It's an amazing move for both Mardi Gras and SBS - and it's a win for the community at large, who can both attend the parade in the flesh AND then watch it back on TV with the rest of the country. Its time to frock up, don your sequins and get camera ready so you can show YOUR passion!

Mardi Gras CEO, Michael Rolik said "SBS joined us for the first time last year to broadcast one of the world’s most spectacular night time parades. Having a TV broadcast of the Mardi Gras Parade is really important to our organisation. It enables us to reach regional, interstate and international audiences who can’t get to Sydney for the big night, and to share our celebration of pride and diversity with a broader audience. The move to SBS ONE for the 2015 event will help us reach an even greater audience, and we thank SBS for its commitment to Mardi Gras."

If you want to catch the parade in person, you can simply rock up on the night, or pre-plan and grab a reserved seat (it’s advisable) in the "Parade Sideshow" (click for tix). If you are a Mardi Gras member, you can be right in the heart of the action at the "Diamond Club" on Taylor Square. These seating and VIP spaces will sell out soon - so grab your tickets now.

See you at the parade, and don't forget to tune in to our friends at SBS on Sunday 8th March.

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