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Feel the energy of the crowd and gaze in wonderment at what we can create together. Join the stadium audience of families, friends and allies, where you’ll witness a colourful cavalcade starring 5,000 paraders from over 100 LGBTQI+ community groups. The 2021 Parade will move away from large floats, focusing instead on the outlandish pageantry of vibrant costumes, puppetry and props.
Please ensure that you have read all information below and the 2021 Parade Entrants Terms and Conditions + Creative Guidelines before submitting your application online. If you have any questions, please contact the Parade team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 9383 0900.
The safety of our community, spectators, parade participants, staff and volunteers are our highest priority and is at the forefront of all our planning. A number of operational changes have been made to ensure your safety. The Parade continues to be the significant platform for us to come together and shine a global spotlight on LGBTQI+ lives, culture, communities and creativity.
Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic and the restrictions under current health orders, the following changes will be in place for the 2021 Parade:
Please ensure that you read the 2021 Parade Entrant Terms & Conditions (in particular Section 8.3 COVID-19 Safety Protocols) for full details.
SGLMG will continue to work closely with NSW Health and other government agencies in the lead up to the Parade and will adapt COVID Safe Protocols as required.
This past year has undoubtedly been one of unprecedented challenge and hardship. The impact of droughts, fires, floods and a global pandemic tested our spirit and resolve to the core.
Our community understands the pain many people have gone through and stands alongside them in support. We know and love the power of people and communities that rise together to support others to overcome adversity and inequality. It’s time we rise together again.
In tough times and in good, discrimination will only divide and take us backwards. When we rise together through love, compassion, respect and understanding, we will all arrive to a better place.
When we rise to the occasion, amazing things happen.
We overcome fear. We connect with our brothers and sisters. We emerge from hard times stronger together.
Let’s create that platform for rising stars and unsung heroes wherever and whoever they may be.
Eligible Applications must:
1. Submit your completed Parade Application form online by 5pm Thursday 3 December 2020. Our new online event management system will require you to create an account in order to submit the online form.
2. The Curatorial Committee, comprised of representatives from both SGLMG and our community, will assess all applications based on the below selection criteria:
Meeting the eligibility and conditions of entry
Providing a well-designed creative concept
Ability to plan and deliver the creative concept safely
Benefit and relevance to LGBTQI communities
Relevance to the 2021 Festival theme
Under no circumstances will SGLMG alter or make exceptions to the selection criteria to match an individual Application.
If SGLMG receives more Applications than the total capacity allows and your Application has met the selection criteria, SGLMG may review your Application based on previous Parade history and support of LGBTQI+ communities. Additionally, LGBTQI+ organisations will receive first preference. SGLMG encourages non-LGBTQI+ organisations to consider sponsoring or partnering with an LGBTQI+ organisation for their Parade Entry.
3. Applicants will be notified electronically on the outcome of their application on Friday 11 December 2020.
4. To secure placement in the Parade, Successful Applicants must complete the following:
Complete payment of the Parade Entry Fee by the Payment Deadline.
Register the full name, phone number, email address and postal code of all individual
Participants by the Individual Participant Registration Deadline
Attend the mandatory Parade Entrants Briefing session.
SGLMG charges a small fee to Entrants to meet a small proportion of the core costs of staging the Parade. Fees are set according to the type and size of group/organisation. Payment is only required for successful applicants. Refer to table below for categories and fees. All prices are in $AUD and include GST.
Group Categories and Fees:
Individual or group of up to 5 Parade Participants: $58
Community Group: $169
Government Organisation: $849
Not for Profit Organisation with less than 50 employees: $229
Not for Profit Organisation with 51-500 employees: $449
Not for Profit Organisation with 501-1000 employees: $649
Not for Profit Organisation with more than 1000 employees: $849
What SGLMG will do:
Assess whether an Entrant and their entry aligns to the selection criteria and core values of the Parade and SGLMG
Assess an Entrant on their creative concepts and production standard
Consult with Entrants to realise their creative potential
Work with an Entrant to maximise the impact of their messaging to audiences
Work towards delivering a Parade that is designed to inspire, excite and challenge audiences
Communicate clearly and apply the same measures and treatment to all entries
Identify any elements that may require expert advice
Identify any elements detailed that violate the 2021 Parade Entrant Terms & Conditions and provide advice back to the Entrant
Respond to queries in a timely manner
What SGLMG won’t do:
Censor counter viewpoints
Allow illegal activities or ambush marketing
Allow messages that discriminate or may cause harm to others
What SGLMG expects from Entrants:
Participate and be open to consultation with the SGLMG team
Adhere to criteria, sponsorship, operational terms, conditions and instruction before and on Parade day
Honour your agreement with us; your parade entry is what was approved on your application
Attend mandatory briefings such as the Entrant Briefing
To use the available resources to produce a visually enticing entry Businesses and government entries must set a high artistic standard
The Parade is a protest and a celebration that is world-renowned and belongs to a creative and vibrant community.
All Entrants are expected not just to take part, but to contribute to the artistic and political goals of SGLMG and help create an event that is world standard.
Show respect, listen and follow requests from SGLMG staff and volunteers
10am, Monday 9 November 2020:
Parade applications open
5pm, Thursday 3 December 2020:
Parade applications close
5pm, Friday 11 December 2020:
Applicants notified of outcome
5pm, Monday 4 January 2021:
Successful Applicants (Entrant organisers) to complete the following:
5pm, Monday 1 February 2021:
Entrant organisers must pre-register all individual Participant contact details
TBC Time, Sunday 7 February 2021:
Mandatory Entrants Briefing at TBC Sydney venue which all Entrant organisers must attend for Parade day operations, logistics and safety.
5pm, Wednesday 17 February 2021:
Deadline for individual participants to register themselves, agree T&Cs and provide true and accurate contact details for contact tracing
Saturday 6 March 2021:
Entrant groups will be given staggered times: