Sydney Mardi Gras kicked off at the weekend with Fair Day, the free outdoor festival opener for the LGBT festival that runs until the world famous Sydney Mardi Gras parade on 3 March.
The organisers of the festival, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, said this year's Fair Day was record-breaking with 70,000 people enjoying music and entertainment in Victoria Park and more funds raised to support the free carnival than ever before.
Thousands ‘planted hearts’ to show their support for gay equality at the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby’s Sea of Hearts. At the dogshow, Doggywood was Jackpot and owner Emma won Best in Show and kids were kept occupied with crafts from Rainbow Reuse.
Michael Rolik, CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, said: ‘The atmosphere around the park was buzzing, and it was wonderful to see many faces – both old and new – show their support. Thank you to the volunteer and production teams who made Fair Day possible.’
The next couple of weeks of Sydney Mardi Gras include the Drag Races on Bondi Beach, a ‘gay day’ at Jamberoo Action Park, Queer Thinking academic conference and Mardi Gras Film Festival. The highlight for many will be Kylie Minogue’s appearance at the post-parade party, Mardigrasland, on 3 March.