A Parade of Passion Saunters Through Sydney

It’s come and gone, like the sweetest dream! Last night’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras brought all things fierce and fabulous to Sydney. An estimated 200,000 people looked on as 10,500 participants sashayed along the sequin-soaked parade route.

The theme for the 37th year of Mardi Gras was ‘Passion’ and that’s exactly what the participants brought to the Parade. Members of the LGBTQI community and their supporters from all over the world came together in a flurry of colour and pandemonium to celebrate and champion equal rights.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Michal Rolik revealed the makeup of the Parade:

  • 150 floats/groups;
  • Two hours, five minutes viewing time;
  • 5.91km Parade train;
  • 300 bikes;
  • More than 390 vehicles or pushables;
  • More than 9100 walkers;
  • More than 800 riders;
  • 10,500 total participants;
  • One in four entrants had 100 or more participants.

Reflecting on last night’s parade, Mr Rolik said, “The combined efforts of everyone involved delivered a real stand out Parade. The attention to detail and enthusiasm of all the parade participants ensured there was a sea of smiling faces from the crowd.”

“Aside from all the fabulous colour and excitement there were some wonderfully touching moments in the Parade. Seeing some of Australia’s top sporting personalities standing together to put an end to homophobia in sport was truly inspirational. We were also honoured to have Dame Marie Bashir accompanied by her husband Sir Nicholas Shehadie as this year’s Chiefs of Parade. I feel I speak for the LGBTQI community when I say we appreciate their continued support and friendship.”

“We also had a first for Mardi Gras! Three of Australia’s highest ranking officials walked the Parade route with the Australian Defence Forces float. Their involvement has helped spread the message of acceptance, equality and support throughout the armed forces and the entire Australian community.”

Mr Rolik also praised the behaviour of spectators on the night, at an hour when many of the revellers continued to celebrate Mardi Gras at the Party, which took over several venues in Moore Park until 8am. Guests of the Party were treated to an incredible lineup of international and home grown music acts including: Nick Jonas, Dannii Minogue, Jake Shears, Jessica Mauboy, Betty Who, Rufus Wainwright and Courtney Act.

The 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

David Watson

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Chief Strategist David Watson is a 20+ year sales and marketing veteran that has worked across different industries with a diverse range of businesses. Prior to launching Strategy Point, David was employed by photo print retailer Momento for over 7 years and in that time was instrumental in growing Momento from startup into a successful brand and service with millions of dollars of annual revenue. This experience provides his clients with unique insights and an unparalleled perspective of photographic consumers, sales and marketing, and maximising business opportunities. David has a Diploma in Strategic Marketing and is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma of Marketing course. He is an associate member of the Australian Marketing Institute, a member of the National Board for the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and is a member of the advisory board for the Head On Photo Festival. In his spare time David walks his pooch Rosie around Sydney Park, hones his photography, cheers for the Sydney Swans, indulges in reality TV and dreams of overseas holidays. He also supports two organizations that are close to his heart - Twenty10 who provide support for homeless gay and lesbian youth, and Assistance Dogs Australia who provide freedom and independence to people with physical disabilities.