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Today, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association (SGLBA) attended the media launch of the 2021 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras at the Sydney Cricket Ground. 

“It was great to be able to see Albert Kruger and the team to come up with, and announce, how the parade will be conducted in a COVID safe manner. Great to see that next year’s theme will be “Rise” … watch this space on how SGLBA will participate!!” said Katherine Maver, SGLBA President.

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Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore addresses the crowd.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore addresses the crowd.
Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger addresses the crowd.
Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger addresses the crowd.

Our Special Events Director – Shari Carr and Marketing Director Natacha Saba attended the announcement at the Sydney Cricket Ground today at 11:00 am.

“Lord Mayor Clover Moore said, “The City of Sydney is a proud, long-term supporter of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and I commend the organisation for adapting to the challenges presented by Covid-19.

“It is poignant that this year’s parade was the last major event held before we had to go into lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus. I know many in our community, myself included, have held onto our happy memories of Mardi Gras 2020 to get us through this challenging year. 

“Mardi Gras will look different in 2021 but importantly it will give us the opportunity to come together safely and celebrate. Of course I look forward to the day when tens of thousands of Sydneysiders and visitors from around Australia and the world can gather on Oxford Street once more.”*

Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger says: “Mardi Gras has always been the epitome of creative expression through art and culture; two things severely impacted by COVID-19 this year. So it was important to Mardi Gras that we rise to the occasion and to give the community the creative platform to express their pride to the world. The 2021 Parade may look different to how it has been in the past, but we feel very lucky to be able to give this opportunity to our communities during these times.”*

“Parade entry and Parade volunteer applications open on Monday 9 November. Tickets for the live Parade spectacle go on sale Monday 9 November here at www.mardigras.org.au. Mardi Gras members will receive two complimentary tickets to the Parade.”*

*Source: 2021’s Mardi Gras Parade will be at the SCG! Blog Post Posted 5th November 2020

In February 2020, the SGLBA joined hundreds of other organisations & marched from Hyde Park to Moore Park.

Funds raised from our crew were donated to the SGLBA Education Fund, supporting mature age students to pursue further education.

SGLBA 2020 Mardi Gras Float Crew
SGLBA 2020 Mardi Gras Float Crew

The SGLBA crew assembled in Kings Lane, Darlinghurst to get a brief from our group leader, Kat Conner. Followed by a few beverages and something to eat we made our way down to Hyde Park to the main staging area with a huge crowd waiting to march.

Pre-march nibbles and beverages.
Pre-march nibbles and beverages.
SGLBA Members in the staging area.
SGLBA Members in the staging area.
NSW Government Crew.
NSW Government Crew.
The Sydney Opera House Crew.
The Sydney Opera House Crew.
The SGLBA Crew enjoying something to eat before the parade.
The SGLBA Crew enjoying something to eat before the parade.
The SGLBA Crew heading up to Taylor Square.
The SGLBA Crew heading up to Taylor Square.
The ABC Crew.
The ABC Crew.
What's Mardi Gras without a little fun.
What’s Mardi Gras without a little fun.