A keen army of volunteers is sprinkling the last of the glitter on the City’s Mardi Gras float that will dazzle with the vocal talents of Pop Princess Paulini.
Sydney’s own pop diva, Paulini will star on the City of Sydney’s float in the world-famous street parade tomorrow evening, which promises to be the biggest on record with 10,000 participants and 108 floats.
She will join the float’s designers and the City of Sydney staff Mardi Gras volunteers for a full dress rehearsal today:
When: Friday 1 March
Where: City of Sydney Botany Depot, Unit 1, 12-14 Baker Street, Botany.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the Mardi Gras parade was an opportunity for tens of thousands to let their hair down and celebrate in a safe environment.
“Mardi Gras is one of the biggest gay and lesbian events in the world,” the Lord Mayor said.
“It boosts our local economy with thousands of international visitors and is a vital platform for celebrating, recognising and understanding our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. We’re proud to support Sydney Mardi Gras and wish them a fabulous 35th anniversary.”
This year’s theme is ‘Generations of Love’, a tribute to the brave Sydneysiders who fought hard for acceptance, equality and inclusion more than three decades ago.
When Mardi Gras started in 1978, Paulini wasn’t born, but in honour of Mardi Gras’ birthday milestone, Paulini will belt out a diva-esque tribute to the likes of Whitney Houston and Diana Ross, singing and dancing along Oxford and Flinders streets.
“I’ve loved Mardi Gras forever,” Paulini said. “The costumes, the parties and the spirit of it all. I feel honoured to be a part of these amazing celebrations and to see Mardi Gras evolve and achieve so much social change over the years.
“I’m going to sing my heart out!”
The dress rehearsal comes after Sydneysiders woke up to a splash of colour on Oxford Street on Tuesday when the Lord Mayor unveiled a rainbow-striped crossing that celebrates GLBT pride in community.
The City of Sydney is a major sponsor of 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras and has entered a float every year since 2005. Last year the Council unanimously approved cash sponsorship of $400,000 for Sydney Mardi Gras 2013 and 2014, as well as up to $252,700 in-kind sponsorship.
About 375,000 people attend the festival each year, which attracts about 25,000 unique visitors annually to Sydney, resulting in a $30 million boost to the local economy.
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