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This year’s Sydney Mardi Gras Festival marks 35 years of protest,
struggle and celebration for our LGBTQI communities,
and what a great landmark to particularly celebrate the role
that women have played in establishing , fostering and creating the
communities we appreciate today.
Inspired by this years theme of ‘Generations of Love], the Sydney
Mardi Gras Women’s Committee has include a program of happenings,
interactions and events to showcase the role that women have played
over the past 35 years, not just within Mardi Gras but in our wider
The events are a way of inviting women to participate, honour those
who have played a part in creating the communities we all appreciate
and remember the struggles that have led us to this point.
The first in the festival line-up is Unpacking Femme on February 8
and 9, inviting femmes and allies to explore and celebrate all kinds of
Femme experience and expressions.
Fair Day, on February 10, will host a specific Women’s hub, a dedicated
space for women to find out ab out female-centric organisations, b e
entertained every hour with special one-off shows and happenings and
meet some of the women who have paved our way. Visit the Wo m e n
Say Something tent to find out about their events, meet Heather Peace
from LipService while she signs copies of her Fairytales album, and
leave your own dedication to the women who have inspired you on
the Women Say Something dedication wall. You can also sign up to be
part of the unprecedented ‘Generations of Women’ float in the parade.
Women Say Something, this time at Paddington Town Hall, will
focus on all the ‘Generations of Women’ on Friday February 15. With
guests including Heather Peace, Claudia Kar van, Greens Leader
Christine Milne, The Lord Mayor Clover Moore, 55Uppity’s Teresa
Savage, C.Moore Hardy, Meg Ebelt and McKenzie Raymond, this will
be an insightful and amazing event in a much bigger space.
The biggest initiative of all is the showpiece ‘Generations of Women’
float app earing in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. Telling the story of the
struggle, through the re volution and celebrating the strength that women
have in finding their voices over the pa st 35 years, it is the biggest float
that Sydney Mardi Gras ha s undertaken in a de cade. With three distinct
yet joined sections, up to 300 women marching , amazing costumes
inspired from older parades, plus brand new ones, it is estimated this
float will be up to two blocks long and be one to be remembered for
many years to come.
Of special note, Be ccy Cole will be singing her new ‘ Women Say
Something’ theme song leading a troop of 100 women carrying the flag s
of all female identified community organisations for the past 35 years. If
you would like to be involved in this float please visit the Women’s hub
at Fair Day or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Want more? How about the Blackcat Lounge with Lady Sings it Better
and Maxine Kauter Band, Battle on the Bent Track and the Battle on the
Bent Track Official After Party, Australian Country Music singer Beccy
Cole’s performance at Slide Lounge, Dr Vicki Karaminas launching her
new book Queer Style at Queer Thinking , comedians Fiona O’Loughlin
and Geraldine Hickey, a fully-fledged bird scout course at Birds and the
Birds or mix with the Dyke’s on Bikes at their Meet and Greet or the
Bike and Tattoo Show.
Finally, the theme continues throughout the Sydney Mardi Gras Party
including announced line-up Beth Yen, Sveta , Sista P, Du Jour, the yet to
be announced female winner of the DJ competition and sp ecial guests
throughout the night.
Discover more at mardigras.org.au
Aussie girls know
how to party and
the 35th annual
Sydney Gay and
Lesbian Mardi Gras
is no exception.
By Cec Busby
sydney’s mardi gras Parade
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