Every float, every group– Mardi Gras Parade2012 revealed

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March To Our Beat in 2012

CSN – Community Support Network
Japanese drumming is some of the best in the world and these Taiko drummers will not disappoint. Following a Japanese theme, this float will feature a gigantic paper crane as its centrepiece that will be illuminated with spectacular lighting.

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With Love From ACON

ACON
This light, bright and colourful group from ACON are supporting the well-being and health of the GLBTQI community and say 'we all deserve great sex'.

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A-Men Float

ACON Asian Gay Men's Project
Launching their community publication titled 'A-Men', these Asian stunners are suited up in fabulous national inspired costumes. Their new venture is a photo essay book capturing the crossroads of art, cultural identity and sexuality.

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Magcilla, Queens of the Sofa

Mature Aged Gays
Mature Aged Gays meets twice a month to accommodate the older gay men in the community. They figure, what better way to celebrate than with sparkles, glitter and a giant Priscilla-style fluffy slipper travelling on a bus dressed entirely in silver sequins.

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I Am…

Capital Queers
An all-inclusive group from Canberra, giving the nation’s capital a chance be part of the Mardi Gras family. Sending the fundamental message that there’s no need to hide who you are and marchers themselves will display “I am…” statements to uphold this notion.

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Absolutely Everybody

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir
Singing out for infinite love, the choir will be carrying messages of support for 'absolutely everybody' to love who they choose.

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Rainbows of the Future

Queer Students Network
A network of across campus queer students who are promoting social change, progressive values and diversity. With participants in an array of vibrant colours, their enthusiasm will surely cover the parade route with pride.

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NSW WRM – Loving Diversity

NSW Women's Refuge Movement
Aiming to encourage self-love, healing and reflection this organisation offer support to women and children escaping violence as well as providing crisis accommodation and other essential services.

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Queensland GLBTQ Community Group

It wouldn't be Mardi Gras without pink feather boas! Marchers will be dressed to impress, sending messages on giant hearts such as love, friendship and community.

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I Love

Camp-berra
The Nation's capital has joined the parade to represent the LBGTQI community within their hometown. Camp-berra has been marching for the last 25 years and with carry rainbows flags and dress vibrantly in celebration.

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Come Out and Join The reEVOLution

Free Gay and Happy (fgnhappy)
This Drag Queen General is leading her troops into battle for the Love Revolution. A prominent red and black tank will follow its leader and marchers will shoot vigorously with LED guns, Fear not their bullets are bubbles!

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Divas de Los Muertos

Nonads Clitical Mass
These entrants on push bikes will amaze you with elaborate and incredible face paint inspired by a real Dia De Lo Muertos style. Massive paper mache Sugar Skulls will fill the Parade with a striking Day of the Dead vibe.

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Dykes on Push Bikes

Push bikes will be pimped out with spokey dokies, laser lights, horns, bells, flags and all things fluoro and rad. This troupe will pay homage to Dykes on Bikes in crazy fluoro lyrca riding gear!

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LOTL Boy Award 2012

LOTL Magazine
LOTL magazine has been slaving away over the past few weeks to bring us the winner of their “Bachelorette of the year" competition. What better time to showcase the winner and runner up then at Mardi Gras through the LOTL float?

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It's safe to be OUT at Railcorp

RailCorp
This Countrylink train is leaving the station, fully equip with signal lights and fanciful fairy lights that will make it impossible to miss.

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Cosgay

Cosgay are embracing who are they are letting us in take a good a peek. Catch a kiss from Sailor Moon or a wink from The Hulk in the fantastic line up of classic characters.

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The Rainbow Bus

State Transit
This rainbow bus is on course to recognise and value the LGBTQI community as being part of the State Transit workforce. There will be balloons, audience interaction and of course a complete party bus atmosphere.

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Miss Wagga Wagga

Miss Wagga Wagga will be represented by not one but five fabulous Queens delighting the crowd and stealing the show.

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The Love Float

Oz Fag Hags
Come join the Love Boat with the much- loved Fag Hags making their mark on supporting diversity.

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Queer Polyamory

PolyamoryAustralia
3,2,1 blast off! This huge retro style rocket ship is ready to break through the atmosphere and it's taking you along for the ride. Become intrigued by a Barbarella style Sci-Fi theme that will have you reaching for the stars.

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Let's Inspire your Inner Desire

Shell Harbour Shag Harders
it wouldn't be Mardi Gras without a clever dick. This 1.5M ice sculptured wang will be brightly shining on the crowd.

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LGBTQI Respect

Australian Human Rights Commission
Aretha Franklin sums it up perfectly with “RESPECT" and these commissioners are following suit. Huge letters will spell out the message and the soulful tunes will have everyone singing along!

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Discrimination Against Gay, Lesbian & Transgender People is Unlawful

Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW
Discrimination occurs when someone is treated unfairly because they belong to a particular group of people or have a particular characteristic. The Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW are saying NO to any discrimination against our GLBTQI community.

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Dirty Talk

11eleven Productions & Lick
This entertainment management company love showing off their talents during Mardi Gras. This customised stage complete with Djs, turn tables, vocalists and performers will get you in the mood for the spirited night ahead.

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Love Has No Boundaries

Out Clothing
Out Clothing tailors men’s clothing for a female body and woman’s clothing for a male body. Plus unisex clothing to suit all gender types. Give them a round of applause for making Sydney look fabulous!

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Real People Making a Real Difference

The Western Suburbs Haven Inc.
You'll feel like your at the most fun house party in town in this cool lounge room disco. The Western
Suburbs Haven provides respite care and social support for people living with HIV.

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Fly Free From Religion

Sydney Queer Atheists
A beautiful birdcage and colourful birds represent flying free from religion.

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Marriage Rights Now

Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH)
A mini version of Community Action Against Homophobia's protest rallies will be emulated in the Parade to demonstrate the need for the rights of the LGBTQI community to be recognised and upheld.

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Mad about Diversi-tea

Optus
Anyone for tea? Join Alice and her Wonderland friends in this magnificent futuristic homage to the Mad Hatters Tea Party.

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Balls of Fun

Polly’s Club
The Pollys Club is Australia's largest and longest running Gay and Lesbian social group. Their regular social nights and dances have provided the community with untameable entertainment and their float in this year's parade is no exception

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Circle of Love

Sweeties of the Sea from Little Conwong
For over 23 years, this group has been participating in the parade with style and flair. With marchers from all across the world this float is truly bringing people together.

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Proud to be a …

Sydney Leather Pride Association
Proud to be a sadist? Proud to be a pervert? Proud to be a master… Whatever you are proud to be, wear leather with pride.

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Driving full LGBTI Equality

The Greens NSW
A political party committed to FULL LGBTQI Equality and proud to be in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade.

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Boys will be Boys

Gay Sydney (GSN) Nudists Inc.
Boys will be Boys' is the theme beyond this Black and silver sequins adorned float. Who better to accompany it then Lady Gaga herself? Well almost…

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Love knows no a-gender

Allsorts Queer Collective
The Collective acts as a support structure for students on campus who are facing issues such as coming out or dealing with queer phobia. Participants will be dressed in costumes that represent their gender identity, encouraging acceptance and freedom to be yourself.

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Equals or Freaks. How do you see us?

Illawarra Rising
Ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Well stay put because the circus is coming to you! This carnival inspired celebration of individuality will work the crowd into a festive frenzy.

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Ruby Dance

Trance lovers get ready for a Ruby Dance celebration of parties and awesome music. Get your groove on to the sight of these amazing entrants dressed in themes including Ruby in Space, Ruby at the Beach and Moulin Ruby!

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King For A Day

King For A Day Drag Competition
Drag Kings are the new black and judging by the six finalists on parade from the King For The Day competition they're a smoking hot breed to boot. The grand finale will take place at the Mardi Gras Party so get your tickets now to see who the fairest drag queen of them all is.

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Fiercely Old Party Children

These Fiercely Old Party Children have not missed a single Mardi Gras Party since 1983 and they're not about to! These true veterans will be donning Prince and Lady Miss Kier inspired costumes to get the party started right!

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Middle Ground Australia

This newly established organisation is here to make their mark as an important supporter for the bisexual community. Conveying their united message through coordinated outfits and energizing colour they are bound to make a splash.

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Headspace

Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation
Headspace is a youth mental health foundation here to support the LGBTQI community. This highly valued group will be handing out badges, wristbands and other cool freebies to promote their services and raise awareness.

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Light of Our Lives

Deaf Gay & Lesbian Association
Learn how the deaf community ‘hear’ with their other senses in this fascinating display. The Deaf Gay & Lesbian Association enables community and social acceptance to enhance friendship, relationships and recognition.

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Don't Hex it- SAFE SEX IT!

Family Planning NSW
These elegant angels are spreading their love — not without protection of course! Family Planning NSW sends the message of “Don't Hex it-Safe Sex it!"

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Promoting No Hate on the Central Coast

Mate Don’t Hate
Spread the word and make sure that we let people know that the Central Coast doesn’t support hate, bullying or homophobia!

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Matt Akersten

Matt Akersten said on the 24th Feb, 2012

Here's the parade map a lot bigger:

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m37/makersten/parademap.jpg

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 24th Feb, 2012

Right past my house.

mark_

mark_ said on the 24th Feb, 2012

Do you a balcony or a kitchen window?
Are you having your friends over for a party?

Lazzarus

Lazzarus said on the 24th Feb, 2012

Sounds positively delightful Mr Ash. Do we collect the used condoms for later use? ;)

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 24th Feb, 2012

Do you a balcony or a kitchen window?
Are you having your friends over for a party?

Everyone where I live doesn't bother, the houses next door do though. It's so much work and mess to have a party and it's better just to go out the front and enjoy all the energy and people. Every year we've ended up chatting to parade marshalls, yet sadly as the years have gone by I don't know many in the parade and I've lost my cuteness so I don't get really any kisses from the marchers anymore :(

I must say last year I meet Madam Lash outside my house, I was chuffed. Also the clean up doesn't finish until around 3 am so most of the neighbours are outside chatting and I have to contact the council again to remind them of their promise last year to steam clean the alley and remove rubbish and condoms the morning after the parade.

Yet as the years have gone on, you can see the whole thing has gentrified.

Asherbella

Asherbella said on the 24th Feb, 2012

A great article.
The spirit of Mardi Gras does indeed live on.
Infinite love. Great message. Great theme.

sneakos

sneakos said on the 25th Feb, 2012



u so have not

*blushes*

lolz :)

dracon388

dracon388 said on the 25th Feb, 2012

Organizing g5, super exciting :) - that priscilla style fluffy slipper is a hard act to follow though.

Virgindirk

Virgindirk said on the 25th Feb, 2012

Pitty tassie didnt have an float this year:(

datkindagal

datkindagal said on the 25th Feb, 2012

ba ha ha

I found my tribe.

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Love the FUR Australian Furriers
Whiskers will twitch and tails will wag as this group of furriers frolic along the parade representing their unique group — Australian Furriers.

seaman

seaman said on the 25th Feb, 2012

why would you have condoms in your alley mr ash? people can't help but fu-k during the parade?

genkij

genkij said on the 26th Feb, 2012

I will be DJing at the Club Tropicana - Parade viewing area right on Taylor Square - I would get as close to that area if you wanna see the best of the action .....I know .... Happy Mardi Gras Everyone !!!!

BoyJupiter

BoyJupiter said on the 26th Feb, 2012

I don't want to be disparaging, but...oh, screw it: Must we have V.Amo's "Absolutely Everybody" as a backing track to yet another float? o_O

datkindagal

datkindagal said on the 26th Feb, 2012

lol ^ absolutely over it

meezon04

meezon04 said on the 27th Feb, 2012

Can 2012 be the last Mardi Gras before marriage equality Australia-wide??