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Entries open for the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

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Registrations have JUST OPENED for the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Join thousands of parade participants as we celebrate four decades of passion, protest, acceptance, activism, pride, family, creativity, drama, satire, diversity and love.

Some groups may also be eligible for grants to help put their floats together. More details on the Mardi Gras website.

Register now and start planning your float! Find all the info here:


Meet a Mardi Gras Participant: Simon


We've only recently become friends, so tell me some things I don't know about you...

Well I am 36, an engineer, so you see I can do more than be a very entertaining dinner companion. I work hard and I play hard - but I always know my responsibilities and take pride in everything I do.


You are definitely showing us the work and party hard attitude this Mardi Gras season. What have you got planned?

I'll be hitting the dance floor of the main party, volunteering for the Harbour Party this Saturday... very early from 7:30am, joining my friends during the party and doing Laneway party after Mardi Gras and whatever I still have the strength for!


You're also in the Parade

Yes! I am dancing in the official Mardi Gras final float 'Strictly Mardi Gras'... and it's strictly prohibited for me to tell you anything about it. But I will say I am wearing sequined shorts. Rehearsals are the day after Harbour Party so that is another thing I will be squeezing into my busy plans.


What has inspired you to volunteer for Mardi Gras Parade?

I came to Australia to live in 2004. Seeing all the smiling faces and looking at the other participants having so much fun at Mardi Gras had me wanting to be part of it. Most of my friends are in the parade as well, so I get to walk around and have a sneak peek before everyone sees it in action.


This will be your fourth time in the parade, so you know it takes stamina to dance the entire route. What have you been doing to get ready?

I been doing lots more exercising and watching my weight. It's progressive, but slow... but hey, that's not gonna dampen my mood on the day.


You are one of the most colourful people I have met - your bike is electric blue with pink plates. So what comes to mind when I say "Kaleidoscope"?

Well it means a bunch of coloured patterns changing so I am guessing when it comes to Mardi Gras and our community it means everyone having fun in their own expressive patterned way.


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