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FAIR DAY KICKS OFF THE FABULOUS 40TH CELEBRATIONS FOR MARDI GRAS

Posted on 13 Feb, 2018
FAIR DAY KICKS OFF THE FABULOUS 40TH CELEBRATIONS FOR MARDI GRAS
Fair Day returns to its home in Victoria Park in Camperdown on Sunday 18 February for a full day of entertainment and picnicking in the sun.

40 YEARS OF PASSION, PRIDE AND PROTEST ON SHOW AT MARDI GRAS’ MUSEUM OF LOVE & PROTEST

Posted on 10 Feb, 2018
40 YEARS OF PASSION, PRIDE AND PROTEST ON SHOW AT MARDI GRAS’ MUSEUM OF LOVE & PROTEST
A signature event for the 40th anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations, the Museum of Love & Protest, launches on Friday 16 February at the National Art School, Darlinghurst.

Hosts announced for Mardi Gras Parade on SBS!

Posted on 08 Feb, 2018
Hosts announced for Mardi Gras Parade on SBS!
Magda Szubanski and Joel Creasey join Urzila Carlson and Patrick Abboud to host the 40th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on SBS.

GOOGLE MARDI GRAS PARADE GRANT HELPS FUND 31 FABULOUS FLOATS

Posted on 08 Feb, 2018
GOOGLE MARDI GRAS PARADE GRANT HELPS FUND 31 FABULOUS FLOATS
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and supporting partner Google today announce the recipients of the second annual SGLMG Community Parade Grants Program.

40th Anniversary Mardi Gras Magazine on sale this week – here’s the cover!

Posted on 05 Feb, 2018
40th Anniversary Mardi Gras Magazine on sale this week – here’s the cover!
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 40th Anniversary Magazine hits newsstands this Thursday and we LOVE the amazing cover!

Mardi Gras 2018 Party Anthems: 40 Years of Mardi Gras 2CD compilation

Posted on 04 Feb, 2018
Mardi Gras 2018 Party Anthems: 40 Years of Mardi Gras 2CD compilation
Celebrate #MardiGras40 with the party album of 2018. Includes four decades of Mardi Gras party favourites and much-loved gay anthems.

MARDI GRAS ANNOUNCES THE 78ERS COMMITTEE

Posted on 03 Feb, 2018
 MARDI GRAS  ANNOUNCES THE 78ERS COMMITTEE
Mardi Gras is delighted to have received eight nominations for the 78ers Committee, which will ensure that those members of GLBTQI communities who faced horrific treatment 40 years ago will have the opportunity to continue to contribute to the organisation’s future.

Planning for a Stress-Free Mardi Gras Party? Fair Play is Here to Help!

Posted on 01 Feb, 2018
Planning for a Stress-Free Mardi Gras Party?  Fair Play is Here to Help!
2018 is the fifth year that Fair Play, an LGBTIQ community initiative to help partygoers understand their legal rights during the Mardi Gras season, will be helping Mardi Gras party-goers to party safely.

SISSY BALL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED!

Posted on 25 Jan, 2018
SISSY BALL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED!
For one night only, clubbers will be transported to a Vogue dancefloor born from the living history of New York’s underground Ballroom scene, featuring New York judge Leiomy, MC Dashaun, performances from MikeQ, Electric Fields, Quay Dash, Angel-Ho & more.

ABC TV premieres RIOT in February

Posted on 22 Jan, 2018
ABC TV premieres RIOT in February
The highly anticipated telemovie RIOT about the first Mardi Gras march in 1978 will screen on ABC and ABC iview on Sunday 25th February at 8.30pm.

CHER TO HEADLINE 40th ANNIVERSARY MARDI GRAS PARTY

Posted on 12 Jan, 2018
CHER TO HEADLINE 40th ANNIVERSARY MARDI GRAS PARTY
You better BELIEVE it! This year’s Mardi Gras Party will be one for the history books! 

Honouring our 78ers at the 40th Anniversary Mardi Gras Festival

Posted on 09 Jan, 2018
Honouring our 78ers at the 40th Anniversary Mardi Gras Festival
Each year Mardi Gras works hard to support the original 1978 Mardi Gras marchers – known as the 78ers – and in 2018 we're doing more to honour them than ever before.

Join the 40 Years of Volunteering Parade Float!

Posted on 08 Jan, 2018
Join the 40 Years of Volunteering Parade Float!
We're looking for 40 volunteers from across our 40 year history to be a part of a very special moment in the Parade.

2018 Mardi Gras Parade will include 200 groups - more than ever before!

Posted on 21 Dec, 2017
2018 Mardi Gras Parade will include 200 groups - more than ever before!
On Saturday 3 March, we’re expecting the Mardi Gras Parade route on Oxford and Flinders Streets to fill to capacity with an estimated 300,000 spectators, watching and cheering on 200 groups involving approximately 12,000 participants.

MARDI GRAS 40th ANNIVERSARY MAGAZINE PRE-ORDERS OPEN

Posted on 21 Dec, 2017
MARDI GRAS 40th ANNIVERSARY MAGAZINE PRE-ORDERS OPEN
Mardi Gras has teamed up with ABC Magazines to produce a beautiful book-style magazine to celebrate 40 years of evolution.

Announcing our Queer Thinking line-up for 2018

Posted on 20 Dec, 2017
Announcing our Queer Thinking line-up for 2018
Leading thinkers and thought provocateurs, both national and international, from all walks of LGBTQI life will take to the stage for two exhilarating days of illuminating ideas, featuring queer writers, community leaders, panel discussions, talks, debate and personal stories.

New Years Eve rainbow waterfall heralds new dawn for equality

Posted on 06 Dec, 2017
New Years Eve rainbow waterfall heralds new dawn for equality
A rainbow waterfall of fireworks will cascade from Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

MARDI GRAS AND GOOGLE TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY FLOATS FOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE

Posted on 05 Dec, 2017
MARDI GRAS AND GOOGLE TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY FLOATS FOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is proud to announce the return of a joint partnership with Google for the SGLMG Community Parade Grants Program in 2018.

Minutes of the 2016 SGLMG Annual General Meeting

Posted on 04 Dec, 2017
Minutes of the 2016 SGLMG Annual General Meeting
Minutes of the SGLMG Annual General Meeting held at ACON on Saturday 12 November 2016.

HIV/AIDS Remembrance Float to feature in the 2018 Mardi Gras Parade

Posted on 01 Dec, 2017
HIV/AIDS Remembrance Float to feature in the 2018 Mardi Gras Parade
One of the Mardi Gras 40th anniversary Parade floats will be a remembrance to those that have died of AIDS-related illnesses.

WELLA PROFESSIONALS ANNOUNCES MAJOR PARTNERSHIP WITH MARDI GRAS

Posted on 30 Nov, 2017
WELLA PROFESSIONALS ANNOUNCES  MAJOR PARTNERSHIP WITH MARDI GRAS
OFFICIAL HAIRCARE PARTNER FOR MARDI GRAS’ 40TH ANNIVERSARY

MARDI GRAS PARADE APPLICATIONS HIT ALL-TIME HIGH

Posted on 30 Nov, 2017
MARDI GRAS PARADE APPLICATIONS HIT ALL-TIME HIGH
2018's 40th anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade looks set to be among the most spectacular ever seen, with the number of float applications hitting an all-time high - and encompassing an incredible array of strong and stunning creative concepts.

NOTICE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

Posted on 24 Nov, 2017
NOTICE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
Notice is given to members of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Limited that an Extraordinary General Meeting will be held at ACON, Level 3, 414 Elizabeth St Surry Hills on 16th December 2017 at 11am.

Expressions of Interest – Company Secretary

Posted on 24 Nov, 2017
Expressions of Interest – Company Secretary
We are inviting interested persons to submit an expression of interest for the role of Company Secretary commencing in January 2018.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - BOARD DIRECTOR

Posted on 17 Nov, 2017
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - BOARD DIRECTOR
SGLMG now has a vacancy for a Director position, and pursuant to Division III of the Constitution, invites Expressions of Interest from our members. We are particularly seeking expressions from people with skills in finance and accounting.

Reunite the 78ers

Posted on 17 Nov, 2017
Reunite the 78ers
Next year's 40th anniversary will reunite many of those who were there at the very first Mardi Gras.

Australia says YES to Marriage Equality!

Posted on 14 Nov, 2017
Australia says YES to Marriage Equality!
A statement from the Board of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as Australia says YES to Marriage Equality!

Mardi Gras to honour Parade's iconic Lesbian Marching Girls

Posted on 05 Nov, 2017
Mardi Gras to honour Parade's iconic Lesbian Marching Girls
Whether it's the iconic Lemonettes, the choreographed Cowgirls, the legion of Xena Warrior Princesses, the Boogie Woogie Bugle Girls or the Navratolvas, we've had decades of amazing all-women groups in the Parade, and it's high time some of them reappeared!

Mardi Gras 2018: 40 Years of Evolution

Posted on 03 Nov, 2017
Mardi Gras 2018: 40 Years of Evolution
2018 marks the historic 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. To celebrate this milestone, the Festival program is bigger, better and more fabulous than ever as it reflects on four decades of amazing evolution, momentous achievements and extraordinary individuals.

40 Years of Mardi Gras on Google Arts & Culture

Posted on 03 Nov, 2017
40 Years of Mardi Gras on Google Arts & Culture
Today Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of Australia’s most famous and well-loved events, bringing tens of thousands of visitors to Sydney to join in the celebrations. But it all began with a riot. On a chilly winter's night in 1978, the police descended on a street festival gathering in solidarity with the Stonewall protests in New York.

Seeking all 78ers

Posted on 26 Oct, 2017
Seeking all 78ers
Were you at the first Mardi Gras held on 24 June 1978? Did you attend any of the subsequent marches and rallies in June, July and August 1978?

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras AGM ELECTION RESULTS

Posted on 26 Sep, 2017
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras AGM ELECTION RESULTS

Thank you to everyone who voted online or in-person at the Annual General Meeting. The digital and in-person votes have now been counted and verified. Here are the results of the Ballot Votes for Directorships.

READ OUR 2017 ANNUAL REPORT HERE

Posted on 20 Sep, 2017
READ OUR 2017 ANNUAL REPORT HERE

Our 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Annual Report is now available to read online here.

AGM Items of Business and Candidate Statements for Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Limited and Mardi Gras Arts

Posted on 31 Aug, 2017
AGM Items of Business and Candidate Statements for Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Limited and Mardi Gras Arts

AGM Items of Business and Candidate Statements for Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Limited and Mardi Gras Arts on Saturday 23 September 2017 at Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst.

THANK YOU! MARDI GRAS’ SPECTACULAR 2017 SEASON BUILDS SUCCESS

Posted on 29 Aug, 2017
THANK YOU! MARDI GRAS’ SPECTACULAR 2017 SEASON BUILDS SUCCESS

Today the Board of Directors of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Limited and Mardi Gras Arts Limited are pleased to announce a surplus on operations for the year ended 30 June 2017 of $173,774, building on our previous surplus for the year ended 30 Ju

It's a YES from us! LGBTQI groups will unite in Sydney's CBD for ACTION on Marriage Equality

Posted on 24 Aug, 2017
It's a YES from us! LGBTQI groups will unite in Sydney's CBD for ACTION on Marriage Equality

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is proud to announce that it is among many of New South Wales' leading LGBTQI social, support and lobby groups who'll unite with a loud and proud call for marriage equality next month in Sydney's CBD.

ANZ MARCHES ON IN ITS SUPPORT OF MARDI GRAS

Posted on 21 Aug, 2017
ANZ MARCHES ON IN ITS SUPPORT OF MARDI GRAS

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras today announced it will partner with ANZ to launch a new community grants program to provide funds for LGBTQI community organisations to support a wide range of initiatives.

Cameras roll on ABC's LGBTQI history telemovie 'Riot'

Posted on 15 Aug, 2017
Cameras roll on ABC's LGBTQI history telemovie 'Riot'

ABC and Screen Australia are pleased to announce that filming is underway in Sydney on the telemovie event Riot.

Festival event registrations are now open for 2018

Posted on 14 Aug, 2017
Festival event registrations are now open for 2018

Got an event that's perfect for our 40th anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, happening 16 February - 4 March 2018?

Notice of AGM for Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Limited and Mardi Gras Arts

Posted on 12 Aug, 2017
Notice of AGM for Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Limited and Mardi Gras Arts

Notice is given to members of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Limited (Company) that the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday, 23 September 2017.

Message from the Board: We stand together to achieve Marriage Equality

Posted on 11 Aug, 2017
Message from the Board: We stand together to achieve Marriage Equality

The Board and staff of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras would like to express our extreme disappointment over the Turnbull government’s decision to move forward with a postal plebiscite on Marriage Equality.

ABC TV and Screen Australia seek LGBTQI short films to celebrate Mardi Gras 40th anniversary

Posted on 26 Jun, 2017
ABC TV and Screen Australia seek LGBTQI short films to celebrate Mardi Gras 40th anniversary

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2018, Screen Australia and ABC TV Arts are pleased to announce Love Bites, a brand new documentary initiative for LGBTQI filmmakers.

Vale Pete Bonsall-Boone

Posted on 22 May, 2017
Vale Pete Bonsall-Boone

Peter Bonsall-Boone (Bon) passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with his beloved partner of 50 years Peter de Waal, and their many friends and loved ones.

Fran Bowron steps down as Co-Chair

Posted on 11 May, 2017
Fran Bowron steps down as Co-Chair

After four change-making years serving as a Director and three years as Co-Chair, Fran Bowron is now stepping down from the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Board.

Save the dates: LGBTQI FESTIVALS ACROSS AUSTRALIA/NZ

Posted on 04 May, 2017
Save the dates: LGBTQI FESTIVALS ACROSS AUSTRALIA/NZ
Mark your calendars – many of Australia’s Pride festivals happen in spring. Here they are below, in order of dates for the rest of 2017 and early 2018. Many of this year’s events are still in the planning stages, so click the links to connect and find

THE 2017 MARDI GRAS AWARDS

Posted on 08 Apr, 2017
THE 2017 MARDI GRAS AWARDS

Each year Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras recognises excellence across our huge season of events, honouring those individuals and groups among us who go above and beyond to make the festival extra special.

Watch videos: Parade floats show us their moves!

Posted on 29 Mar, 2017
Watch videos: Parade floats show us their moves!

Our 2017 Mardi Gras Parade participants are proudly showing off their amazing choreography in wonderful videos.

Congratulations to all our Community Parade Grants Program recipients!

Posted on 28 Mar, 2017
Congratulations to all our Community Parade Grants Program recipients!

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras would like to congratulate all the recipients of our Community Parade Grants Program, proudly supported by Google.

WATCH Steve Grand's Sydney Mardi Gras video diary!

Posted on 27 Mar, 2017
WATCH Steve Grand's Sydney Mardi Gras video diary!

Our 2017 Mardi Gras star Steve Grand had an amazing time in Sydney!

Hundreds of thousands gathered to celebrate Mardi Gras and call for equality

Posted on 05 Mar, 2017
Hundreds of thousands gathered to celebrate Mardi Gras and call for equality

Last night an estimated 250,000 spectators took to the streets to watch more than 12,000 participants take part in the world’s biggest celebration of the LGBTQI community - the 39th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.