The LGBTQIA+ Community Rises For The 2021 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

Written by Staff Writers
Category: Agenda Published: Tuesday, 09 March 2021 16:56

A stadium crowd of 36,000 spectators filed into Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday (6 March) for the 2021 Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

Switching things up from its usual presentation due to COVID-19, the Mardi Gras Parade proved that not even a global pandemic can stop the community rising together in pride and passion – safely, of course!

A total of 5,000 marchers from more than 120 parade entries marched on to the field in a vibrant display of diversity and unity as the event was broadcast to homes and viewing parties across the country on SBS.

The theme for the Parade, and the 2021 festival overall, was 'Rise'.

"This year’s Mardi Gras was a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger says. "With a reworked COVID-safe format, our iconic Parade definitely looked different to how it has in the past, but even in this new setup, Mardi Gras continues to be celebration of who we are and what we’ve achieved, as well as a moment for us to advocate for the change we need to see in the future."

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Rita Ora performs at the Parade - Image © Anna Kucera

The event was a stadium spectacular, as performers such as Electric Fields, Montaigne, G Flip and Rita Ora took to the stage to perform for the masses. There were also a few surprises on the night including the cast announcement for 'RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under' accompanied by a video message from Michelle Visage and Rhys Nicholson.

"The Parade has gone ahead every year since 1978, no matter what, so we’re very happy we could continue to honour this commitment and deliver a safe event for our community during these times," Albert continues.

"We look forward to returning to our home on Oxford Street as soon as we can, but if the last 12 months has taught us anything it’s that our community are resilient. We have faced many challenges throughout history and we have always found a way to celebrate, to express ourselves and have our voices heard."

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