The 2010 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, Parade and Party may not be without it's controversy, but there is always one major attraction that hundreds of thousands of people turn out each year to watch on the streets, or tune in on the telly to have a gander at, and that's the award winning Marching group "Dr Mark's Marching Academy".
You may not know them by their community name, but Dr Mark's Marching Academy is responsible for the award winning groups "Diva's through the Ages", the international headline grabbing "Kylie" float with the hundreds of marching boys and girls (with the mini Dannii Pride float behind) and Brokeback Cowboys… all massive entries and all crowd pleasers.
Guidetogay.com is proud to be the official media partner of the group this year and we sat down with creator Dr Mark to chat about the success of the group, why they do it and how you guys can get involved in this elite parade entry.
So Dr Mark's Marching Academy is an award winning group, what makes it so special for the participants?
It is all about celebrating our community. We know how to produce great parade entries, due to the expertise and generosity of our friends, we have lots of fun, and the parade judges seem to enjoy us too. Most importantly our marchers have the time of their lives.
This year, you are recruiting for new participants - what can they, and previous participants expect from the parade entry?
They can expect heaps of great fun. They will be part of one of the most spectacular entries in the largest night time celebration of the gay and lesbian community in the world. They will meet lots of new people. There is nothing like the buzz which comes from parading up Oxford Street before hundreds of thousands of excited spectators!
What would be required from anyone who wants to join the group - and for those greedy queens "what do they get out of it" - loll
Participants need to attend enough rehearsals to learn the (simple) marching routine. There will be 8 opportunities for rehearsal, and we will post a video on the web if necessary too! Rehearsals are held in the evenings and on Saturday afternoons, and are fun. Most importantly, you need to be prepared to look fabulous on Mardi Gras night, and have an amazing time!
There is a huge amount of work that goes into organising these types of parade entries - why have you (and others) put your hand up again?
Mardi Gras has always been both a protest and a celebration. Both of those aspects are important. Over the years we have learned to produce fabulous parade entries. It is a way we can make a contribution to the Sydney gay and lesbian community and have a fantastic time too!
If you want to be a part of the fun - then check out http://www.drmarks-marchingacademy.com or check out the Official Facebook Group.
SPACES ARE LIMITED AND FILLING FAST - ORGANISE A GROUP OF FRIENDS - IT'S A GREAT WAY TO EXPERIENCE PARADE!