Each year the Mardi Gras Awards honour and thank the extraordinary community groups and volunteers who go above and beyond to help deliver our world-renowned and inspiring festival.
Here are the winners of the Mardi Gras PARADE Awards for 2020!
NSW Rural Fire Service
Fire and Rescue NSW
NSW State Emergency Service
GLADD – Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists
Asian Marching Boys and Friends
Colours of Our Community
Guide Dogs NSW ACT
WINNER: The Evolution Dancers
"It’s our mission to explore new places and unite. To seek out and support and inspire new friends. To boldly go where no one has gone before. An epic drama of adventure and exploration," say the Evolution Dancers.
Here's how The Evolution Dancers' choreography looked in Taylor Square, filmed by SBS:
Ron Muncaster Award for Best Costume
WINNER: FLAGCOM and Friends
In 2020, FLAGCOM celebrated its 10th year in the Mardi Gras Parade and a decade of fabulous transgender pageant and variety shows dedicated to the LGBTQI community. Find out more about FLAGCOM here.
Best Float Design
WINNER: Le Petit Bateau art collective
“We are a bunch of artists coming from all around the world, with different backgrounds and life stories but all concerned by the same existential questions. We are part of regular Art shows, build art installation, write and play music, perform, cook and love to meet new people. Our collective found support through the creative agency called Arcade, which produce all our show in Australia and around the world.”
Best Individual or Small Group
WINNER: Gay Aged Gap Relationships
The older partner's costume is half Indigenous design and the other half is pride rainbow colours. The younger partner's costume is half Egyptian and half rainbow. Here are Terry and George back in Queensland accepting their Award:
Ron Austin Award for Most Fabulous Parade Entry
WINNER: Sydney Opera House
Head of the SOH Pride group and Float Producer Anthony Carthew says: “A heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to the joyful task of bringing our House of Love float to life. The Sydney Opera House is honoured to be part of Mardi Gras – we will continue to be a proud place for LGBTQI+ voices, and believe that through art and culture we can help create positive change in our communities.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE AWARD RECIPIENTS!
We recognize and appreciate all of you for committing your time, skills and passion to help make Mardi Gras magical.
With such challenging times making it impossible to host events over the next few weeks, we’re not able to conduct our traditional end-of-season Awards night, so all our winners will receive their Awards in the mail ASAP.