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August 23, 2014

The organizers of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras are blaming negative publicity around policing of the festival and high party ticket prices for a financial loss on this year’s festival just a year after the event returned to profit

The 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival announced a $177,644 financial loss from this year’s festival season and organizers say the event will need a radical overhaul to return to profitability.

Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik told a member meeting today that revenue from ticket sales and fees had been below what the organization had budgeted for.

Organizers had expected to raise an additional $350,000 in 2014 which would have made the event profitable for the second year in a row after it posted a profit of $45,693 in financial year 2012/2013.

February 14, 2014

New South Wales state police have agreed to more sensitive policing of the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival after there were complaints of police brutality and over-policing at the 2013 festival and parade

The Premier of New South Wales (NSW) has signed an accord with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival to ensure better outcomes from policing during the festival after there were complaints of over-policing and police brutality at last year’s festival

December 18, 2013

The workshop that will build the floats for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade has opened its doors to start work in preparation for 2014 - while the organization has established a charitable fund to fund major future projects

On Saturday the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras opened doors to the Mardi Gras Workshop in Rosebery to begin work on floats for the 2014 while the organization has also established a new Arts workshop fund.

The opening signals the start of two months of hard work by the Mardi Gras creative teams and volunteers from the community to produce the fabulous floats, costumes, scenery and props that make the parade a world famous spectacle.

November 28, 2013

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras LGBTI pride festival has given us the first peek at its calendar of events for its 2014 and has signed up a major sponsor for the next three years

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival is poised to deliver a kaleidoscope of colorful experiences in 2014, with a jam-packed program of cultural and community events running from Sunday 9 February through to Sunday 2 March, 2014.

Tickets for the 2014 Mardi Gras program went on sale today as organizers unveiled the first round of talent, icons and events that will headline the Asia-Pacific region’s biggest and most spectacular, celebration of LGBTI pride and diversity.

September 6, 2013

UK actress Heather Peace enjoyed her time at the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras Festival so much she’s coming back again for 2014

UK Lip Service actress and singer Heather Peace is the first international performer announced for the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and will perform as part of the festival for the second year in a row.

Peace wowed audiences on the main stage of Mardi Gras Fairday in 2013 and also took part in the Women Say Something panel event during the festival.

Peace revealed she would be coming back for the 2014 festival to perform at a yet to be announced special event.

July 10, 2013

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival has posted its first profit in years following a successful 2013 season

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has posted a profit of $45,693 following its 2013 festival season, restoring the organization’s financial health after a loss of over half a million dollars in 2010.

The organization lost $575,627 in 2010 after a disastrous decision to split the annual Sydney Mardi Gras Parade and Mardi Gras Party onto different weekends, which may have deterred some short stay tourists from attending the event.

March 26, 2013

The festival is over but Sydney Mardi Gras 2013 organizers haven't forgotten all the hard work

The festival finished at the beginning of March but the organizers of Sydney Mardi Gras got together last night to reward the best of the hard work that went into it.

At a ceremony in Beresford Hotel in Sydney awards were presented for the best stalls at Fairday, the best events of the month-long festival, floats in the parade and those who volunteered their time for free to make the festival happen.

March 2, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of tourists and Sydneysiders turned out to watch the 2013 Mardi Gras parade despite an early threat of rain

Sydney’s 35th annual Mardi Gras Parade has been a success despite an early threat of rain from bad weather that thankfully cleared up at the last minute.

It had rained the previous night and all day but that didn’t deter the hundreds of thousands who turned up to line Sydney’s Oxford Street to watch the parade - which itself contained 10,000 people across 110 different marching groups and floats.

February 7, 2013

Australia’s Prime Minister, the state Premier of New South Wales and the Lord Mayor of Sydney have all released statements of support for the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras season

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, New South Wales (NSW) Premier Barry O’Farrell and the Lord Mayor of Sydney have all released statements of support for the Sydney Mardi Gras at the start of its 2013 festival season.

‘I warmly welcome everyone who has come to share in Sydney Mardi Gras 2013,’ reads Gillard’s statement in the 2013 festival guide.

July 4, 2012

So much more than a party, Sydney Mardi Gras reaches the issues other LGBT pride events don’t touch

I feel compelled to state the case of Sydney's Mardi Gras (MG) – known as the world's biggest outdoor celebration – a title we won in 1993 after drawing a 500,000 strong crowd to watch the one mile LGBTQI parade that lasts three hours. I simply cannot bear anyone to assume that Sydney Mardi Gras is just a good excuse for a party.

June 25, 2012

Cardiff will host its first Mardi Gras parade to bring awareness to the rise of anti-gay hate in public, in school and the workplace

Politicians, businesses and gay and trans people will march through the Welsh capital of Cardiff for the first time this year to highlight gay hate.

The LGBT Mardi Gras festival has been a fixture on the Cardiff calendar for many years, but the parade through the city center on 1 September will be a first.

Chairman of Mardi Gras, Richard Newton, said: ‘Statistics show us that trans and homophobic hate crime is on the increase in south Wales; and that many have suffered bullying and discrimination in schools and at work.

February 1, 2012

Kylie Minogue, theme park and fair scheduled for 3 week LGBTQI festival

The 2012 Sydney Mardi Gras kicks off in just 10 days time and the festival looks set to be one of the best yet!

The event will begin on 12 February with a special Fair Day to celebrate the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex members of the Australian community.

Held in Victoria Park, Camperdown the free event will have live entertainment, a boys versus girls tug-of-war and even a Doggywood pet pageant.

January 26, 2012

Star celebrates 25 years in pop at the LGBTQI festival

Kylie Minogue confirmed today that she'll honour her legions of gay fans by choosing Sydney Mardi Gras to celebrate her quarter century in pop. 'I am coming home for Mardi Gras this year!' she said. 'I simply cannot wait, and it's going to be a beautiful way to celebrate 25 years of this relationship.'