The 2016 Mardi Gras Awards

2016 was a momentous year for Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras with a packed-out Parade, a sold-out Party and a total of 120 events designed to suit a wide variety of LGBTI walks of life.

With great delight, joy and pride, the Mardi Gras crew honoured and thanked so many passionate and talented people in our communities for making the 2016 festival such a success at the Annual Mardi Gras Awards evening.

“The awards are the official end of our 2016 season, where we get the chance to celebrate those in our communities that have made an outstanding contribution to the 2016 season from Fair Day to Parade,” says the Mardi Gras Board.

“Of course, there wouldn’t be a Mardi Gras without all of you and all your efforts,” said co-chair Greg Small at the prize-giving event.

“You have our deepest, deepest gratitude for your professionalism and all-around fabulousness.”

The extended Mardi Gras family including volunteers, Parade entrants, Fair Day and Festival participants, staff, board and community supporters were there for the awards, held upstairs at the Beresford Hotel.

This year’s award winners are listed below. Congratulations to all of them, from all of us!

MARDI GRAS AWARDS 2016:

FAIR DAY AWARDS

BEST COMMERCIAL FOOD STALL: The Smoothie Company

BEST COMMERCIAL STALL: Medibank

BEST COMMUNITY STALL: Wear it Purple

STALL OF THE YEAR: Female Traders

PARADE AWARDS

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: The University of Sydney

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Lady Business

BEST FLOAT DESIGN: Sydney Queer Irish

BEST INDIVIDUAL ENTRANT: Bronnie Takes a Trip

SPECIAL COMMENDATIONS:

Gay Tradies

GLADD – Gay & Lesbian Association of Doctors & Dentists

NSW State Emergency Service

RON AUSTIN AWARDS FOR FABULOUS PARADE ENTRY:

Tropical Fruits

Harbour City Bears

WORKFORCE AWARDS

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION: Frank Iannilli

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE: Alison Jaffee

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP: Shane Farr

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEAMWORK: Ty Owen

I-CARE AWARD: Peter Moody

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Gary Ryan

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:

Luke Nutley

Dino Dimitriades

Scott Foster

ISEC

Fair Play

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:

Mardi Gras Parade costume designer Rene Rivas. For 35 years his elaborate costumes have been fabulous and captivating.