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All 183 Floats Marching At The2017 Mardi Gras Parade!

This year has already topped 2016, with a massive 183 Parade entries (up from 174 last year)!

If you can’t be there to witness all the action live, you can enjoy the glitter from the comfort of your couch by heading to mardigras.org.au to catch a live stream of the parade in full – as well as the SBS television coverage!

As always, our photographers will be on the parade route this year in Taylor Square, so smile for the cameras! In the meantime, why not check out some of our galleries from previous parades?

MARDI GRAS PARADE FLOATS 2017!

1. Dykes on Bikes, Sydney

We’re Australia’s longest running female-identified motorcycle club, and one of the countries oldest LGBTQI community groups.

2. Boys on Bikes

Boys on Bikes is a group of gay motorcycle riders and friends who form to ride in the pre-parade.

3. Melbourne Motorcycle Tourers Inc

Melbourne Motorcycle Tourers Inc is a club for gay and lesbian motorcyclists. It is located in Melbourne Australia and our current membership number is shown in the chart on the right. We were formed in 1990, became an Incorporated Association in 1998 and in 2015 we’re celebrating our 25th year.

We always welcome new members, however, we have just one rule for membership and that is that you must hold a current motorcycle licence or motorcycle learner permit to join the club.

4. First Nations – CREATING EQUALITY – STEP BY STEP

This float is created and led by First Nations people of diverse gender and sexuality, together with family, friends and supporters. The theme highlights that we are working step by step towards achieving equality in all areas, including health, education and employment, in which First Nations people are still heavily disadvantaged.


Our key messages are:
• equality is needed regardless of race, culture, gender, sexuality, religion or marital status, in all areas of human rights and social justice
• we are working towards equality step by step
 we need others to join with us and work together.


The entry is proudly supported by the Aboriginal Project at ACON, NSW’s leading HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health organisation, to facilitate First Nations people’s awareness of and access to ACON’s LGBTQI health promotion work and HIV services.

5. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 78ers

This year’s Parade marks the 39th Anniversary of the 1978 march for equality. This is where it all began. They are known as the ‘78ers – the valiant group people who gathered at Taylor Square on a Saturday in June 1978 to march down Oxford street at a time when homosexuality was still a criminal act. Little did they know what they were to create!

6. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – Equality

The first Mardi Gras produced float titled EQUALITY, features 8×2.4 metre high 3-D equality letters on wheels that will span over 20 meters. A cross between a moving sculptural installation, Parade float and giant photographic exhibition each letter features a different participant from the My People I My Tribe Photography project titled #barenakedtruth.  Accompanying the giant letters as they travel up Oxford Street will be 60 participants from the LGBTQI community in Sydney that have participated in the My People My Tribe project. 

7. HOLDEN

Holden’s motorcade features 7 LGBTQI community ambassadors who represent real action on this year’s Mardi Gras theme of Creating Equality.

8. Heaps Gay – Let Us Dance

Heaps Gay creates safe spaces for LGBT youth and their alleys to come together and enjoy music and dance and art in a non judgemental space. It never takes itself seriously, its always about fun! So our theme and message is “I wanna dance with somebody who loves me.”

9. City of Sydney – Say Yes To Love

The theme of City of Sydney’s float is “Say Yes To Love.” Created by designer Genevieve Blanchett, the float features a giant inflatable map of Australia, dancing brides and grooms and disco lights.

Up to 100 staff, family and friends perform a choreographed routine to support the LGBTIQ community and recognise its contribution to the wider Sydney community.

10. Alex Greenwich MP & Lord Mayor Clover Moore – THANK YOU

SYDNEY

Clover and Alex represent Sydney in local and state government respectively. Sydney and its residents have been instrumental in “Creating Equality” in Australia and this year they say THANK YOU.

11. ANZ – #HoldTight – 11 Years On We’re Still Marching

This year as part of our ongoing commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion and respect, and our continuing support of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, we have launched #HOLDTIGHT. We’re aiming to highlight what has become a gesture fraught with complexity for many in the LGBTIQ community and turn it into a celebration of love and equality by asking people to ‘hold tight,’ when they feel like letting go. 200 staff, family and friends will march, behind a giant #HoldTight light box, holding each other’s hands dressed in an androgynous fashion combining masculine and feminine characteristics, aligning with our support for gender diversity.

12. Rainbow Babies – Creating equality one baby at a time

By creating our families we show the world that we’re just the same as them, all love is equal. Marching in parade shows the world that we’re fabulous too :)

13. Australian Defence Force and DEFGLIS – Defence LGBTI Information Service – Serving with Pride

Defence is proud of its evolving culture and recognises the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce. Defence partners with DEFGLIS at for the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade to recognise the important support that LGBTI Defence families contribute to personnel.



14. Australians for Equality

Our key message is to achieve marriage equality via a free vote in parliament through real people telling real stories about real love.

15. Australian Marriage Equality

Australian Marriage Equality together with Australians for Equality, has launched the Equality Campaign – a national campaign to win marriage for all Australians through a parliamentary vote. Given the theme of this year’s Mardi Gras Parade is a great time for AME to showcase the strength and diversity of support for marriage equality. Our float will be based around Equality and will proudly display our new campaign logo and positive messaging.

The campaign aims make equality and fairness a reality for all Australians. It is about building on the momentum and energy generated across the nation for marriage equality and continuing to campaign for this straightforward change to be achieved in 2017. Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone. 

The campaign will continue our work across the nation, bringing supporters together, holding community events and forums to change the hearts and minds of communities across Australia. It also calls on our supporters across all political parties who support marriage equality to work together to find a pathway for a free vote in the parliament.

16. Marriage Equality Gilmore

Marriage Equality Gilmore is an all inclusive group from the Electorate of Gilmore which stretches from Kiama to Moruya on the South Coast of NSW. We continue to work for Equality even though our Federal MP won’t listen.

We are parents, children, grandparents, aunties, uncles, work mates, friends, politicians, schools mates, LGBTI and straight all supporting Equality in one of Australia’s most glorious regions!

Our Federal MP Ann Sudmalis, needs to listen up…GILMORE SAYS YES TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY!

17. PARTNER SBS – Equality, It’s In Our Chemistry

Each year SBS chooses a theme as a part of their Mardi Gras marketing campaign – which then extends onto our parade float. This year we chose ‘chemistry’ as our theme. Love is a universal feeling; love and connection is all about chemistry. As we learn more about love, connection and chemistry, we understand ourselves and our world better.

18. Sydney Stingers Waterpolo – We Are The Future of Equality

Achieving equality isn’t just a moral issue; it is something that brings stability to society as a whole. Equality is fundamental to whether and how societies thrive as it fosters an environment were human talent is nourished at all levels –especially within minorities. 



19. Brisbane Tritons Water Polo – Inclusive Water Polo Is For Everyone

Our message is based on our story. Our team is the first LGBTIQ-inclusive in Queensland. With the support of our parent club, the Brisbane Barracudas (who will be joining us in the parade), and the Sydney Stingers and Melbourne Surge, we have built the fastest growing mixed water polo team in Queensland.

We advocate strongly for creating equality in the sport.

20. ACON

New South Wales’ LGBTQI health organisation ACON is raising awareness of the three ways gay men can now choose to practice safe sex: with condoms, by using HIV prevention drug PrEP or, if they’re HIV positive, by having an undetectable viral load (UVL) by being on treatment.

21. Retro Equality – Pinups For Equality

Retro Equality is a community group that started as an art project. A series of pinup phooshoots supporting same sex couples to promote gay rights and marriage equality. We are now a facebook community spanning over all of Australia and some international cities. the pinup style and community is always growing and has a large number of LGBTQ members so we want to show our support from another minority.

22. MAG SYDNEY INC – MAG is now 25 years YOUNG

The Mature Ages Gays group celebrated its 25th year of service to elderly gay & bi-sexual men in September 2016. There have been many, many guys in our group over those years.

23. People with Disability Australia – Disability Pride & Equality

People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Our primary membership is made up of people with disability and organisations primarily constituted by people with disability. We also have a large associate membership of other individuals and organisations committed to the disability rights movement.

24. DIY Rainbow – Freedom! The Float! A Tribute to George Michael

DIY Rainbow has over 65,000 followers on Facebook and we have put on floats for the last 3 years. Chalking rainbows for equality, DIY Rainbow has mainly focused on the fight for marriage equality over the last 18 months.

25. Gay Tradies

We’re a group of gay trades and their friends and supporters, proving there are gay people everywhere, including trades and services.

26. Australian Sex Party – Building Equality

Our theme of ‘Building Equality’ represents the work tireless done by individuals, community groups, organisations and lobbyists to build a better future for the LGBTIQ+ community.

It is the culmination of these actions that act as the ‘bricks and mortar’ which enable the creation of more inclusive policies and practices.



27. NSW Police Force GLLOs – Equal by Law

This year we are teaming up with Wear it Purple to show NSW Police Force support for young LGBTIQ people to be proud of who they are. Whilst our entries are distinct, we are incorporating the Wear it Purple group into our configuration to demonstrate police ‘supporting’ young LGBTIQ people ‘dancing in the streets’, proudly expressing themselves.

28. Wear it Purple

Wear it Purple is a youth run organisation that aims to empower young people to be proud of who they are. We’re ollaborating with the NSW Police to show inclusion and willingness to work with the community.

29. Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW – Constructing Equality

Moving beyond the popular theme of marriage equality, our entry will explore how what building equality in more marginalised identities means.

30. QLife – Talk It Out

Creating equality is often about lots of small interactions, conversations and actions which can be exhausting and isolating at times. Not being equal means that LGBTI Australians have markedly high rates of anxiety, depression and isolation. At QLife we know that talking helps. QLife is Australia’s nation-wide counselling and referral service for LGBTI people.

QLife – for free and anonymous LGBTI phone and web counselling and referral, for people of all ages, wherever you live. Open 3pm to midnight everyday on 1800 184 527 or qlife.org.au. QLife is staffed by LGBTI staff and volunteers

31. Social Justice In Early Childhood Education – Brave Early Childhood Education That Challenges Bias

We are an early childhood education community group that wants children to grow up to be proud of who they are. We want children to be educated to recognise and challenge bias in all its forms so that and join together to make this world a loving, respectful and fair space.

32. Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir – Acceptances, Voices, Family

The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir (SGLC) has been a community, for 25 years, that allows you to express who you are on the inside and out. Everyone is equal and we celebrate the differences each member of the choir, and our supporters, bring to our organisation. This year our message is ‘Acceptance, Voices&Framily’. This is a core essence of what we believe drives and embraces equality. Every single voice is unique and deserves to be heard equally and fairly and it is this celebration of our differences that makes our community strong. With this strength comes the ability to accept those different from us with open arms, without fear or prejudice and with a knowledge that diversity makes us stronger. Finally, Framily is a term that has taken a significant stronghold amongst many within our choir, our social circles and the wider LGBTIQ community. And while many still face racism, homophobia, sexual discrimination, xenophobia, it is this principle that good friends are the family that we can choose for ourselves that allows us to draw strength from those around us.

33. Australian Federal Police: Gay & Lesbian Liaison Officers

The AFP and its GLLO Network wish to increase the positive image of law enforcement and the work undertaken by the GLLO network in linking the LGBTI community to police resources and support. 

The AFP and GLLO network are also commitment to showcasing the diversity in our agency, and supporting its LGBTI members and families.

34. Balloon Artists & Suppliers Association (BASA) – Right to Marriage Equality

We are the people who make up the balloon Industry in Australia. We will be supporting the LGBT community’s right to Same Sex Marriage. It is going to be a message of love for one another and the right to love who you want.

35. Rainbow Families – Playgroups & Regional Groups – Imagine Equality

This float is about celebrating the simple wonderful space of childhood and imaging what it would be like for the families of LGBTIQ individuals and couples to have full equality. All children and families have dreams, and all children and families hope for and deserve equality. 

36. Rainbow Families – Love Makes a Family

In September 2016 Eddy, a young 13 year old boy and his two mums travelled to Canberra. They were part of a group of children and parents from Rainbow Families, bringing a simple message “love makes a family”. And during that day many children spoke to many politicians. When Eddy met with Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek and asked, “Why should people who barely know us make an assumption about our families?” This question became the focus of question time that afternoon, and was reported widely in the media.

37. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) – LGBTI Network – Diversity, Equality, Inclusion

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade march to promote diversity, inclusivity and equality at workplace and supporting its LGBTI members and families. 


38. AIRBNB – Acceptance Starts With All Of Us

Airbnb believes in a world where anyone can belong anywhere. That world is only possible when #weaccept.

39. Kirby Instiitute – The Super Heros of Health fighting for health as a human right

The Kirby Institute has fought hard for 30 years to raise awareness and find solutions to health issues that impact on the LGBTQI community. As an organisation we have stood against ignorance and have fought for equal rights to health outcomes and treatment for disadvantaged groups and continue to advocate and raise awareness of and research into important health issues. We use science as a weapon to break down social and political barriers to finding cures and better treatments.

40. Zenith Virago & Friends – Byron & Beyond

We want to stand up and celebrate our own fabulousness as people, to lobby for Marriage Equality as a basic Human right, and we want to inspire and support young LGBTIQ people to know there are people out there for them.

41. The Force of Love

We weren’t impressed when Bill Leak thought it ‘funny’ to portray advocates for marriage equality as the Waffen-SS, a paramilitary arm of the Nazi Party. He took our advocacy for equality, our pride flag and our love, then turned it into bigotry and hate dressed up as ‘satire’. Well, we have a plan to turn that negativity into love! We will march down Oxford St, continuing to advocate for love, acceptance and equality. We will take that imagery and make it our own!

42. Freedom Angels

A group of Thai transgenderes people who wants to express ourselves and want to support the Sydney GLBTQI group, wear beautiful costumes and want to be part of Sydney Mardi Gras.

43. Sweeties by the Sea from Little Conwong – Acceptance and Inclusion for All

Sweeties by the Sea from Little Conwong has been participating in the Mardi Gras for 29 years. We celebrate inclusion and tolerance for all.

44. SYDNEY QUEER IRISH – IRELAND AND AUSTRALIA: REFLECTIONS OF EACH OTHER

Although we may be geographically very different, and very far away from each other, Ireland and Australia share more similarities than we do differences, including our passion for CREATING EQUALITY. We are reflections of each other, on a mirror ball globe we reflect our similar values back to each other, including our countries love of music, dance, story telling, culture, LGBTQI rights, human rights, social justice and equality for the world. Ireland and Australia’s rich cultures share so many of the same values, and our float will reflect a beautiful synergy of both, to show Australia, Ireland and the world that we are all one.

45. Cafe Stepping Stone – Equality Warriors

It doesn’t matter where you were born or what instance you’re living in, everyone deserves equal opportunity within the work force and life. Both founding member of cafe stepping stone are apart of the LGBTQ+ community and love how everybody comes together to fight for equality and that’s what they would like to embrace with our portion of the parade.

46. Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council & Departure Lounge – Territory Stars featuring the Tiwi Islands SistaGals

All of the stars in the sky are unique and special, just like the members of or NT LGBTQI community. 

We feel it is important that people from rural and remote Australia are represented in the parade, and are thrilled that for the first time ever, the SistaGALS, a group of indigenous transgender people from the Tiwi Islands, will be joining the Parade leading our float.

47. Womens AFL – Marching as One

We’re a group of women who play AFL. We come from all states and territories and march as one. We all support each other – whether gay or straight, Christian or Muslim, elite athletes or weekend warriors. There is no place for discrimination in sport. There is no place for discrimination in life.

48. The Gender Centre Inc – We are Family

The parent’s group, facilitated by the Gender Centre, is a group of proud and supportive parents of gender diverse youth. The message for the float/walking group is one of love , family support and unity: as these values provide a space for our youth to feel safe being who they truly are. This is a crucial factor in developing positive mental health inj the future.

49. Ozfurs – Fur and Crossed Bones

The Ozfurs are a community of LQBTGI people and friends who have a shared love for anthropomorphic animal characters of their own making. They express themselves through costuming and artwork.

50. Point Clare Families – Equality Begins With Community – Friends Like These

Equality is created when common-ground is found. When people become friends and enjoy commonalities, differences can be explored and accepted thus equality is created.

The Moes family is just a family like any other and it is through the friendships formed whilst engaging in community institutions that we provide and experience education and equality.

Whilst programs such as ‘safe schools’ are important in creating social change and safe spaces for members of the LGBTIQ community, we believe that our family being out, open and ‘mainstream’ is just as important in educating and creating safe spaces. 



51. The Fitness Fairies – The Love Trolls

Trolls the movie tells a tail of a minority forced out of their home by a bigger stronger majority in the misguided belief that their lives would become happier.

Inspired by the movie Trolls, the fitness fairies, believe that everyone has the right to love and be loved equally despite the opinion and agendas of the powerful. 

The Love Trolls send a message of equality, happiness and acceptance through colour and song.

52. Lifesavers with Pride – Kiss of Life

Lifesavers with Pride are an advocacy group within surf lifesaving. Our role is to be the link between the LGBTQ community and the lifesaving community. We represent our LGBTQ members, by promoting lifesaving as a diverse, welcoming and progressive organisation that supports people of all sexualities.

53. QANTAS – Rainbow Roo

The is the third year our national airline has participated in the Mardi Gras Parade – and this year the Rainbow Roo has evolved into Qantas business class!

54. PFLAG NSW

PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) strongly supports the equal human rights of LGBTIQ people. We are here to advocate for our LGBTIQ friends and family members, and to raise awareness of those areas of discrimination which still exist, educate and promote understanding. We advocate at all levels in the community, including members of parliament.

55. PFLAG Capital Region and just.equal – Working Towards a Just and Equal Australia

PFLAG Capital Region has made great progress in the ACT that will improve the lives of LGBTIQ Canberrans, but there is more work to be done. We continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our LGBTIQ family, friends and colleagues in the pursuit of equal dignity. We’ll continue to help families realise the joy of having an LGBTIQ family member, when all they need is love.

just.equal was established in 2016.

56. Marriage Celebrants – Celebrants for Marriage Equality—Working Together to Make a Change

This group will again represent Celebrants and friends who are in strong support of Marriage Equality. This support is NOT because it will mean more income, but rather the ability to have all loving couples have a legal marriage ceremony. We have only been able to offer Life Commitment Ceremonies and are offering Marriage Ceremonies for free to those who have made a commitment through such ceremony. Our message will try to again say that legalisation means equality!

57. GAMMA NSW Inc – Self-Discovery, Acceptance, Authenticity, Integrity

GAMMA NSW Inc (GAMMA) is a support group for men who have been in long term heterosexual relationships and are coming to terms with their same sex attraction. The organisation has existed for around 30 years and is the only support group of its type in Australia. We offer peer support in the form of meetings twice per month and a 24-hour support phone service. Meetings consist of facilitated open discussion – often enhanced by a guest speaker on relevant topics, such as family law, sexual health, and mental health. 



58. NSW Rural Fire Service – NSW RFS Volunteers From All Walks Of Life

NSW RFS Volunteers come from all walks of life and can be found right across NSW, be that coastal, regional or rural. The NSW RFS celebrates the diversity of its membership and enthusiastically participates in activities that reflect its membership and community focus.

59. Fire & Rescue NSW – Supporting LGBTQI community

Fire & Rescue NSW is the largest Urban Fire Service in the Southern Hemisphere catering to a varied community. An Equal Opportunity Employer which welcomes diversity within our organisation.

60. Oceania Rainbow Network – Connected by the Ocean, Stregnthened by our Diversity

We just want to increase our visibility in the community as Pacific People who are proud of identities. We want to showcase our pride in our culture and our heritage. We want the Oceania Rainbow Network to be seen so that our Pacific Island brothers and sisters know that we are here and know that there is somewhere for them to go. 

Our message is simple. We are people from across the Pacific, connected by the ocean. We draw strength in our diversity and pride in our heritage.

61. The Greens – Ring It In For Marriage Equality

We’re calling on the Federal Government to allow a free vote so we can finally have equal marriage rights for all couples. The Greens have always supported the LGBTQI community and we always will.

62. Dr Mark’s Marching Academy – Be Your Own Hero!

A lot of our attention and energy from our community goes into gaining recognition and validation from others that sometimes we forget that equality starts from within. Our community is forged on values of tolerance, diversity, inclusion and respect and we are all capable of amazing things when we believe in these. This float is to show that when we truly believe in equality, we don’t have to rely on others; we can all be our own heroes.

63. Transport for NSW – Celebrating Diversity of Customers and Staff

Transport for NSW is an inclusive workplace where we continuously work toward reflecting the customers that we serve. Transport for NSW provides Rail, Bus, Light Rail and Ferry services to customers both in metropolitan and regional New South Wales.

64. TABOO – CAN YOU BE TEMPTED…

In 2015 we showed our softer side with a massive rainbow covered in butterflies. in 2017 we wish to show that we have grown. Taboo invites you to witness “TEMPTATION…can you be tempted.” Sometimes it’s not easy to put yourself OUT there, we want to show the world that with a little courage and some great friends we can all show a side of ourselves that we only sometimes dare to share.

65. The Nurses Float

Nurses around Australia look after LGBTQI patients every day. We want to show the world that no matter who you are, where you come from and who you love, you will always be cared for with compassion and quality of care. We want others to know that we are proud to be caring for our LGBTQI community in times of poor health.

66. MEDIBANK – Making it #BetterwithaKiss

Whether it’s a smooch, a peck, or a pash, a kiss is a precious thing. Delivered by a friend, a parent or a lover, a kiss tells you that you’re special, loved and valued. A kiss doesn’t care who you are. Every kiss is equal. And, whether it’s the end of a long day, or the height of a happy celebration, a kiss makes everything better.

67. NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association – Health Equality for all 24/7

Nurses and Midwives have a history of advocating for LGBTQI people with many Nurses standing up and fighting for equality during the HIV epidemic and advocating for progressive public health policies. Our Nurses work holistically across the whole system working in a range of areas from mental health, sexual health and maternity.

68. Australian Human Rights Commission – Free & Equal

The phrase ‘Free & Equal’ is based on article 1 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’. This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) people.

UN Free & Equal is a United Nations global public education campaign for LGBTI) equality.

69. University of New South Wales – Don’t Rain on my Anzac Parade

UNSW is situated on Anzac parade, which is where the parade eventually merges to in the later stages. The title is in reference to to the Barbra Streisand gay anthem, where she sings about embracing one’s truth despite being told not to.

We hope to portray this through choreography and props showing each of our participants as embracing themselves within their chosen academic paths.

70. Greenpeace Australia Pacific Limited – Rainbow Warrior Returns

Greenpeace is a not-for-profit organisation heavily focused on social equity and environmental issues, strictly non violent direct actions to create extra awareness. Greenpeace Australia has a massive amount of Queer Employees, Volunteers and Supporters. We will be a person-powered walking boat float with sea creature costumes!

71. Comparsa Urumbe

Comparsa Urumbe is very diverse ,and we believe that we are all united through music and dance, and that this can break the barriers that may exist. Our message is Unity and Equality.

72. Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) – Australia’s Financial Regulators Celebrate Diversity

APRA and the RBA are committed to establishing inclusive workplace practices that harness the full potential of our diverse workforces. Consistent with this message, we wish to support the LGBTQI community and celebrate diversity more broadly through participation in the Mardi Gras Parade. RBA, APRA and ASIC strongly promote inclusive workplace practices and support the LGBTIQ community more broadly to harness the potential of a diverse workforce. We want to send a message that together we strongly support diversity and equality within our workplaces and within the community more broadly.

73. Sydney Convicts – Come Play

The Sydney Convicts are Australia’s first gay Rugby Union club. Founded in 2004, the Convicts are a group committed to building a competitive, social and diverse club which welcomes players from all levels of playing experience. This year we will be pushing the message that everyone is welcome, regardless of who you are!

74. Flourish Australia – Freedom to Flourish

Flourish Australia enables full participation within a diverse and inclusive community. 

‘Freedom to Flourish’ focuses on the importance of supporting people to identify their own mental health and wellbeing goals. 

 By participating in the SGLMG Parade, it further demonstrates that we are committed to and understand the mental health and wellbeing needs of those in the LGBTQI community. 

Everyone has the right and the Freedom to Flourish in their own way.

75. Positive Life NSW – 100% Positive

As part of the Positive Life NSW’s message to promote a positive image of people living with HIV and aim to eliminate prejudice, isolation, stigma and discrimination, we will be walking under a theme of “100% Positive”.
 


Positive Life NSW is a non-profit peer-based organisation working to promote a positive image of people living with and affected by HIV with the aim of eliminating prejudice, isolation, stigma and discrimination.

76. HOT KANDI – ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOT KANDI’S MYTHICAL FANTASY WONDERLAND….

Once upon a time, in a magical wood, mythical creatures danced and sang together. It was a wonderful place where every fairy, queen, unicorn, centaur, elve and dreamer was free to find their happily ever after. Hot Kandi’s Mythical Fantasy Wonderland – A place in the woodlands where all creatures are created equally no matter who you are we are all the same.

Storybook, happily ever after where we bring marriage, love and togetherness. There’s something in dreamers, dreaming, I have a dream, dreams come true that’s an optimistic desire for equality.

77. Keep Sydney Open – Keep Sydney Open: Keep Sydney Queer

Our group isn’t sexual orientation specific, however I myself am a gay man and many of our supporters are queer, so our participation comes from a broad and inclusive place.



78. LGBTQI+ Youth – We’re Queer To Stay

A group of LGBTQI+ Youths and allies who are marching in the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade to represent those who are struggling to express their identity in a society which labels their sexuality as “a phase”.

79. The University of Sydney – Roar with Pride

This theme was chosen by our Ally network which is made up of LGBTIQA students , staff and our allies. Our theme will be for our entire MG season next year including Fair Day and other events.

80. Team Sydney Sports

Team Sydney exists to assist member clubs grow and be succesful in promoting sport in the community.

81. Aftercare – Mental Illness doesn’t discriminate. Neither do we.

Australia’s longest provider of mental health services, Aftercare is an all-inclusive LGBTIQ ATSI and CALD secular organsiation. We actively promote, encourage and support diversity and inclusion in our workplace and with our clients.

82. Crave Metropolitan Community Church (Crave MCC) – Create!

Our message as an organisation is that everyone, no matter their sexual identity, gender identity, or tradition is welcome and loved by God. No one is excluded, and everyone deserves to be and feel loved.

83. Harbour City Bears – The Goldilockses and The 100 Bears, Cubs, Otters (and maybe pups)

The bears are a group made up of primarily men, however, there are those who support us that are female – and we call this small core of members our Goldilocks unless they identify as a female bear. In creating equality, we want to express that the Bears aren’t just a group of men, but are made greater by the contributions of our female financial members and supporters who enrich the Bear landscape.

84. Sydney Leather Pride Association

Sydney Leather Pride Association is a group for GLBTIQ individuals who have an interest in fetish or esoteric sexual practices as a component of their sexual identity. This may range from those who see fetish as a small part of the sexual repertoire to those where it plays a significant part.

85. Liberal Friends of the LGBTI Community

Representatives of the Liberal Party proudly marching in the Mardi Gras Parade.

86. Scandinavia – Love, Hope, Trust, Freedom & Pride

Words cannot describe love, it can only felt. Hope is only thing stronger than fear. Outside of love, no two things are more valued in another person that trust and loyalty. The blue sky is calling to me, asking me to join the clouds. Rising above earth, I will soar to new heights and find freedom in the wind. I am proud to be myself, to be gay!

87. Scotsboyz

We’re Out, We’re proud, We haven’t forgotten where we came from. We are proud of our heritage and what our wee country has achieved for the LGBTQI community and would love to see the same momentum here in our adopted home, Australia.

88. Selamat Datang – Supporting GLBTIQ Indonesians – Riding The Wave To Equality Together

Riding The Wave To Equality Together is our message to show that we are all riding this wave to equality together. We are a group made up of people from different parts of Indonesia, of different Indonesian cultures, different faiths as well as friends from different nations but we are all riding this wave together. 

We are all from different cultures but we have all come together to show we are all equal in our fight for recognition and acceptance of GLBTIQ people living in Indonesia by marching together and wearing all the same colours, the red and white of the Indonesian flag.

89. Merlin’s Magic Wand – Love is Love: Supporting Marriage Equality

As this year’s theme is creating equality by highlighting areas in which LGBTQI individuals and communities are still not treated equally, Madame Tussauds Sydney is spreading the word on equal marriage rights. As our business celebrates Australian talent and what they represent, we thought it fitting to showcase high profile individuals and their support of marriage equality.

90. NSW State Emergency Service – NSW SES Creating Equality, Celebrating Difference

The NSW State Emergency Service has been around over 60 years. In that time there’s been lots of changes, and one of the best is seeing our organisation expand to include so many people from all sorts of backgrounds.

91. Scouts NSW – Scouting is Open to All: Scouts NSW accepts members of diverse sexualities, sex and gender identities

Scouts NSW is a youth organisation that promotes people to be Respectful, Considerate, Loyal, Friendly and Courageous.

92. Wonder Mama and Friends – Where is the Love?

Wonder Mama and her Warriors of Love are flying into Mardi Gras in her Invisible Jet to spread love and acceptance and to fight for marriage equality. We are a group of about 6-8 friends in a small walking group.

93. West Connect Domestic Violence Services – SHELTER – West Connect Domestic Violence Service

Domestic Violence Women’s Refuge in Western Sydney, providing support and accommodation to those who are homeless as a result of domestic, family or same sex violence.

94. The Dreamwalkers

We are a group of family and friends from the LGBT community who share a passion for costume design. Our message is to express yourself through costume and always be as fabulous as you can be.

95. GLADD – The Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists – GLADD – Warriors of Health

We would like this years theme to encompass old greek and roman medicine – dating back to hypocrites and potions etc. We would like to intertwine a medical theme with a roman/greek warrior theme.

96. Immigration Advice & Rights Centre (IARC) – It’s No Island Paradise: End Inhumane Detention & Helping LGBTIQ Family to Live OUT

IARC advocates for an end to inhuman immigration detention where people are held for long periods of time or indefinitely. This has an impact on vulnerable people and their physical and mental health and their ability to contribute to society. Islands include Nauru, Manus, Christmas Island and Australia.

97. National Rugby League – Pride in League

Game on! The National Rugby League made history last year as the first sporting code to include its own float in the annual Mardi Gras parade. The NRL is the administrator of Rugby League at all levels across Australia.

98. NSW Teachers Federation – Teachers Building Equality

Teachers play a large part in instilling societal values in children, and as such aim to create environments where difference is valued and equality is promoted.

99. Pride In Diversity

Pride in Diversity is Australia’s first and only national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion. It was established in 2009 to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people by reducing exclusion, invisibility, homophobia and stigma in the workplace.

100. GlamCocks

The greatest connections with others in are made when we are our authentic selves.

We want to promote our message that everybody should feel comfortable to be themselves, to express themselves however they please, to wear make-up, to dance, laugh, and play.

101. Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras – ANDY’S SHOE

Andy’s Shoe has been created in collaboration with the AGNSW  and features a giant  sparkling gold women’s shoe inspired by Andy Warhol’s beautiful 1950’s illustrations of women’s shoes.  Inside the shoe will ride four Andy Warhol’s, each an Andy from a different decade – 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. 

102. Pup Pride Australia

Pup Pride Australia is a community group that fosters and develops human pup play as a fetish and for people in Australia. 

We conduct workshops on safety in health, play, BDSM and have run training workshops @ ACON, NZAF, VAC to increase knowledge, understanding and safety in human puppy play as well as kink.



103. Oz Fag Hags – Love In The First Degree

We believe everyone is entitled to a ball and chain and our float represents the fight for marriage equality and that everyone should have the right to have a spouse. It’s a play on words in terms of the jury/government making this decision for so many people and that all we stand accused of love in the first degree!

104. Different Strokes Dragon Boat Club – Making Waves – An Underwater World

We’re no longer just splashing around as a team, but we’re actually making waves on the Dragon Boat scene. We have gold winning crews that have competed globally as an out and proud LGBTQ club flying the rainbow colours at our regattas.

105. Marine Rescue New South Wales – Reach Out

Our proposed theme ‘Reach Out’ highlights not only our fundamental role in rescuing those literally reaching out to us when they are in trouble on the water but also reflecting that we Reach Out to our community for members, financial support and inclusion.

106. Amnesty International – LGBTQI network – Equality, safety and respect – every child, every school.

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says “everyone has a right to education”. We also know that a large percentage of LGBTQI kids and young people experience bullying and discrimination at some point, frequently at school.

107. Wett Ones Swimming Club Inc – LGBTQI Swim Clubs Marching for Equality in Sports (Wett Ones, Aqualicious & Glamourheads)

LGBT+ swimmers, proud that our team has a diverse membership of different sexualities, genders, ages, and body shape, but have found team-mates and friends thanks to our common love for swimming.

While it is often believed that “sports” groups should have people with a pleasingly “aesthetic” body, or even that competition is resricted to younger generations, at our swim team all everyone with an interest in swimming is made welcome.



108. Young Presidents Organisation – Sydney Chapter – Diverse Businesses Supporting Diversity

YPO Sydney is a member based organisation of CEO’s and includes a diverse range of Australia’s medium to large businesses. We would like to show support of our LGBTQI customers, staff, investors and families.

109. Tiraden Fairies – Family Support LBGTQI & Equalitiy

20 years ago I had a dream of a collection of Fairy Costumes to do fantasy art in, I started collection components, then 4 years ago I met a very good friend of mine and the opportunity to see people have their fairy/ show girl moment on a fitness stage presented itself…

110. ReachOut Australia – Building a brighter future

Our vision is that all young people are happy and well. We know young LGBTQI people are more prone to mental health issues and have higher suicide attempt rates. 

We want to share a positive message that ReachOut is available for them anytime, anywhere and has all the information and support they need to build their own brighter future.

111. Human Rights Watch Australia – It’s time for equality, Human Rights for everyone

Our message focuses on the need for marriage equality in Australia. It is time for everyone in Australia to be given the same human right to marry regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

112. ACCEPTANCE SYDNEY FOR GAY AND LESBIAN CATHOLICS – Acceptance = Equality + Faith

Acceptance Sydney is a welcoming ministry for GLBT Catholics their family and friends affirming their dignity and Catholic faith. It was founded in 1972 and has participated in the Mardi Gras every year since the Parade started.

113. Country Crowd

Bringing representation of rural Australia to Mardi Gras. Bringing rural representation to the event, to give people from rural areas the chance to participate.

114. The Glamazon All Stars – L.U.V.Equality

Obviously with the news that Wonder Woman has been recognized as the U.N. Ambassador for Gender Equality in her 75th anniversary year and the new film coming out in June – it’s a perfect time to fly the colors once more as the Glamazon All Stars pay tribute to our patron – WONDER WOMAN.



115. The Institute of Many (TIM) – Fighting Stigma

We will be helping to raise awareness and fight stigma by presenting in the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade. We will be doing this as a marching group of members made up from within the TIM group. We will have a banner – message to be fully decided – and T-Shirts in TIM’s colors. Each shirt will have a slogan/message to challenge perceptions on how people view people living with HIV. We are hoping to create equality through this messaging so that PLHIV can live well adjusted lives within the community at large.

117. LGBTQI Brazilians in Australia – The Warriors of the Glamazon

We would like to show that every member of the LGBTQI community is a warrior, a survivor.


118. I is for Intersex

The entry attempts to raise the visibility of people with an intersex variation, and that we are not ashamed, but happily maintaining our identity, our bodies, our families and communities, and one another in wholesome support.

119. Melbourne Chargers Rugby Club – Equality – On and off the field

YOU DONT NEED TO BE STRAIGHT TO PLAY! Our club is full of people who love to play sport, people that enjoy participating in a physical game and want to get out, have fun and be active. Some of us just happen to be gay.

120. Rainbow Labor NSW – Marriage Equality and Beyond

Rainbow Labor has been fighting for equality since 1983, and we don’t plan on stopping any time soon. While the fight for marriage equality still goes on, we’ll keep working to eliminate discrimination against LGBTIQ people, wherever it is, until the job is done.

121. TBC Male Swimwear

Summer time in Sydney – sun, beach, swimwear. We’re an online business selling swim and underwear.

122. Asian Marching Boys & Friends – Asiana ‘A Deeper Love’.

Asian Marching Boys and Friends will be back in 2017, taking inspiration from the depths of the ocean and fluidity of water we would like to delve deeper than ever this year with our message.

123. NSW Young Lawyers – All Should Be Equal Under The Law

The legal profession has an incredibly important part to play in ensuring the legal and human rights of LGBTQI people are protected and enforced, and that all are indeed equal under the law.

124. R U OK? – Supporting LGBTQI community

R U OK’s works to inspire meaningful conversation across all communities. R U OK? Empowers people from all walks of life to reach out and ask their friends and loved ones “are you okay?” By being a part of Mardi Gras R U OK?’s is building a community that feels connected and supported by their loved ones.

125. Gay Social Wollongong – “WE LOVE THE GONG”

Gay Social Wollongong is a community group that has been set up to raise awareness for the need and want to improved GLBTI awareness in the Illawarra region.

126. Queer Screen

Queer screen is a passionate and longstanding supporter of LGBTIQ+ cinema. We believe in shaping the cinematic landscape by fostering diverse representations, experiences and bodies presented to the audience in an inclusive environment.

127. Sydney Queer Atheists – Pillars of Society

While some people claim that society is founded in religion, we assert that it is upheld by secular values and institutions. This idea is not new, drawing heavily on the ideas and ideals of the enlightenment era, which in turn drew on ancient Greece as a part of a drive to renew western civilisation following centuries of stagnation and superstition.

128. THE STAR

The Star Sydney has continued its support of Australia’s LGBTIQ community in becoming an Official Supporter of the 2017 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. The Star Sydney’s float for the Mardi Gras parade celebrates the diversity of The Star’s workforce and guests.

129. Australian Asexuals – Under the Same Umbrella

Many publications and broadcasts identify the broader community as LGBTQI, while leaving off the A or + that is often attached within the community.

130. Homosapiens – Homosapien Float

We represent human beings supporting all humans in being. We are non binary, gay, lesbian, trans children and families of all beings.

131. Rural and Regional Alliance of Queer Students (RARA-QS) – We’re Proud In…

We want to show everyone that we can be proud no matter where you are. We hope to show someone in one of the towns we are from that they are not alone and that they to can be proud.

132. Matt & Lib – SPREAD YOUR WINGS TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE

We are a couple (one Spanish & one German/Turkish) living between London and Amsterdam. We both grew up in an environment where we couldn’t express openly who we were or our feelings.

133. POOF DOOF – POOF DOOF Chess Game: Make A Move

This year, POOF DOOF is using it’s Mardi Gras float to encourage people in our community to ‘Make A Move’ – it’s up to us to be active and participate in creating equality.

134. Australian Hairdressers Celebrate Equality

We are hairdressers from around Australia who are coming together to celebrate diversity within our industry. The hairdressing industry has been a leader in the business sector in terms of welcoming people – stylists and clients alike – from all sexual persuasions, sex, gender identities, races, belief systems, ages and abilities.

135. FACEBOOK

The Facebook float consists of a 6-metre high Like button with the words “Rainbow Kids” and #equallove on it, lead by the marvelous Tina TurnOn (gasp!). We are fighting (and dancing) for equal love for all of the lovers of every colour of the rainbow.

136. Flagcom & Friends – Mardi Gras International Queen (MaGIQ) 2017

FLAGCOM (Filipino Lesbians And Gays Community) & Friends have been established in January 2010 to give voice and representation of the Filipino Gays and Lesbians in the community.

137. Corrective Services NSW – Locking Equality In – Locking Homophobia Out

Corrective Services NSW manages gaols located in metropolitan centres as well as throughout regional NSW. It also has Community Corrections Offices located within most large residential centres.

138. Pride in Justice (Justice NSW)

Pride In Justice envisions an inclusive Justice NSW community free of discrimination in all forms inspiring engagement and equity. The network aims to provide a safe, confidential and supportive environment for LGBTI staff and their supporters and is committed to supporting a culture of inclusion, respect and to inform and influence Justice NSW on issues which relate to the workplace.

139. Free Gay and Happy (fgnhappy) – Free Gay and Happy Presents Happy Endings

Dust off your ball gown, polish your crown, find that missing shoe … it is time for us to turn Oxford Street into our very own ball room, live out our fairy tale fantasies and grab ourselves a bit of that happily ever after that everyone talks about. Everyone deserves Happy Endings.

140. *Psychedelic Love – Celebrating peace, love, and equality for all.
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We are a diverse group of friends, a mixture of LGBT and family and friends and supporters thereof.

141. Inner City Legal Centre – CLCs Unite for LGBTIQ Justice

There are over 200 community legal centres in Australia which are dedicated to equal rights for the LGBTIQ community. Our combined CLC float will communicate the support of the community legal centre sector for LGBTIQ justice and its continuing campaign for creating equality.

142. Relationships Australia – PROUD FAMILIES, PROUD RELATIONSHIPS

We acknowledge the work that is required to achieve marriage equality and address relationship prejudice, and recognise the legitimacy, value and success of loving relationships and families with children in the LGBTQI community. 

Relationships Australia celebrates loving relationships and stands with our extended LGBTQI family to fight for change.

143. The People’s Republic of Mardi Gras

Our message is the same as it’s always been: The People’s Republic of Mardi Gras is an army of LGBTQI and straight friends, here to FIGHT HOMOPHOBIA!

144. Aussie Lamb – We Love Our Lamb

The We Love Our Lamb float demonstrates Australian Lamb’s ongoing commitment to bringing people together. Staying true to inclusivity, the float will feature a digital billboard that will allow all Australians to be a part of the Mardi Gras parade, no matter where they are.

145. Kirketon Road Centre – Creating Equality – Health For All

As Kirketon Road Centre is a NSW Health service, our banners will promote all the services we provide to the LGBTQI community members: sexual health services, drug and alcohol services, KRC’s outreach services, Youth Clinics, harm reduction messages and positive educational messages of social justice to reduce discrimination

146. Capital Queers – Pompomazing

Capital Queers is a Canberra based community group that comes together annual to give local queers an opportunity to march in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in the most fabulous way possible.

147. Farmers Coming Out for the Environment

We are a group of farmers, LGBTQI and friends, who want to highlight the importance of farming to a sustainable future and for the support and equality of LGBTQI people in regional areas.

148. Slovenian and Finnish Community – Ability to Sustain Human Rights and Equality

Ability to Sustain will be written in a way that it will read as “SustainAbility”, having every letter painted in a different rainbow colour. Human Rights and Equality will be in green colour. Finnish party will also want to celebrate our commitment to equality with our brand new marriage law and show support for Australian sisters and brothers in their fight for the same human rights.

149. Snatch and Grab – FREE THE NIP

Snatch and Grab is a collective representing the youth of the queer female community in Sydney, trying to push boundaries of equality amongst men and women.

150. BOYTHiNG – FREE THE NIP (boy version)

We came together with “Snatch and Grab” to host a “FEMME-NATION” movement. We request that we be put behind the Snatch and Grab FREE THE NIP float so that we can have a male support group for such an amazing message.

151. UNITY Illawarra and South Coast – Bursting the Bubble

Our message ‘Bursting bubbles’ is a creative reflection of a quote from the international LGBTI activist Urvashi Vaid who said in her quote “Gay people do not fight for freedom to live in a lavender bubble, but in a more just society”.

152. The VR: Queer Roller Derby – All Love is Sweet, All Love is Equal.

Founded in the USA in 2008, The VR (formerly known as Vagine Regime) is a collective of queer roller derby players, their allies, and supporters from every corner of the globe.

153. AUSLAN MARDI GRAS – Generating a group full of Auslan equitly.

Auslan Mardi Gras is a organisation that is a non profit organisation, the reason for creating this group is for all different groups of people that have one thing common Auslan.

154. Sydney Homotones – Playing for Change

Music does not discriminate; members of the Sydney Homotones plan to recognise diversity and celebrate equality through the universal language of music.

155. Body Electric Incorporated – Fly & Be Free

Body Electric wants to show the LGBTQI community that it’s ok to be yourself, free your spirit, free your energy and fly high. Along with being able to grow self- love, compassion through integrating erotic energy in our loving, open-hearted community.

156. Camp-Berra The Queens Capital – Celebrate Free Love

Camp-Berra, the Queens Capital has attended the Sydney Mardi-Gras parade each year for over 30 years. We endeavour to bring as many LGBTQI participants from Canberra as we can.

157. Life Without Barriers – CELEBRATING: Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility

Life Without Barrier’s purpose is to support the needs and wellbeing of a very diverse. Life Without Barriers is one of Australia’s largest leading social purpose organisations, working in more than 300 communities across all states and territories.

158. Western Sydney University – #PrideUnlimited

Following the University’s Mission and Values our idea aims to highlight the Pride and benefits of embracing Diversity within the Greater Western Sydney and Western Sydney University communities.

159. Rainbow Phoenix – Small World, Big Heart

No matter where we come from, and no matter where you are, this is a small world. We believe the small world could have a tolerant heart to accept the difference.

160. Uniting Church LGBTIQ Network – LGBTIQ Refugees are Welcome Here

As members of the LGBTIQ and Christian communities, we are very concerned about (especially Australia’s) lack of action and generosity in accommodating people fleeing persecution for being LGBTIQ from countries where it is illegal or warzones where belligerents’ ideology deems LGBTIQ people to be sub-human.

161. Consulate General of Canada / Government of Canada – Canada is Freedom

Equality is a cornerstone of the Canadian Government’s mandate. The Canadian Government strives towards equal rights, and promotes the all love is equal message. We would like to be a part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to show our support and solidarity to the LGBTIQ+ community in Sydney.

162. Taronga Concervation Society Australia – Wild About Equality

WILD – a word with many meanings. One of which is ‘lacking discipline or restraint’. To make equality possible, make a difference, make change happen one must go beyond the barriers, jump the hurdles and be different. Be Wild. 



163. SYDNEY RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB – Future Gay-zing!

2017 marks the Sydney Rangers Football Club’s 20th birthday as Australia’s first and largest gay men’s football club.

2016 was a milestone year for the Sydney Rangers, with two of our competitive teams winning Grand Championship trophies as the Grand Finalist Winners.

164. Raio de Sol Community Samba Band – We Bang for Equality

We bang on about equality as our group is all about each and every band member being of equal value to every other band member. We value everyone equally. We need everyone to play to make the big noise that is samba. Therefore we bang. We bang our instruments. We all bang together. We bang loudly. We love to bang and we love being equal.

165. Indy Nile Drag Queen – Indy Nile baton frenzy

Be happy being gay! Lead your way fabulously through life. I’m going to walk The parade with a fabulous outfit with a baton!

166. NSW Ambulance

They could save your life! Our fabulous men and women from Ambulance NSW once again march in the parade to remind us they support and care for the LGBTQI community.

167. Hoop Force Australia – Create the World You Want to Live In

Our float will be following an art & design theme which speaks to our message of being able to create the world you want to live in – actions speak louder than words, paint a better future.

168. Bobby Goldsmith Foundation – Stand With Us!

Show your support for PLHIV. This is a continuation from our Christmas Appeal to empower people living with HIV to live full and rewarding lives.

169. Uniting – Love is Power

People think power comes from strength or wealth. But in the right hands, love can be the most epic superpower there is. It amplifies and spreads as a force for good, helping individuals and communities overcome challenges.

170. Consulate General of the Netherlands in Sydney – My Pride Worldwide

As the first country to legalise same sex marriage, the Netherlands is a proud advocate of equal rights. We represent the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sydney.

171. Rainbow Recovery Club Inc – Equality and Self Respect Clean and Sober

LGBTI people of all ages reclaiming their lives free of life threatening addictions.

172. Gay Nomads – 50 SHADES OF CAMPING



The Gay Nomads participation in the 2017 Mardi Gras will provide an opportunity to showcase the caravan and camping industry to our affluent and varied community. The Gay Nomads is a group of LGBTQI+ people who enjoy exploring Australia with caravans, camper trailers and motor homes.

173. *Miss Wagga Wagga – Now is time for equality happy Mardi Gras. 
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Miss Wagga Wagga has been in Mardi Gras for 28 years – This will be her 29th!

174. Sydney Silverbacks Harbour City Wrestling – Two Tribes

We are an LGTBQ wrestling club based in Sydney. Along with our sister club the Melbourne Wranglers who will be marching with us (two tribes) as one, we showcase our sport in the traditional colours of red and blue.

175. Timmy and Friends – Friendship regardless of adversity

Two long term friends, one who has marched many times in the early days of the parade, one who has never marched. We would truly love to show our solidarity with community and equality.

176. Socialist Alliance – Uniting the Colours – for Rainbow Revolution!

This contingent will be a joint contingent of Aboriginal activists, LGBTIQ+ activists, anti-racists with a message of unity. In this dangerous period with a rise of racism, bigotry and homophobia, it is important to join all oppressed and marginalised groups together in a show of strength.

177. Gay Sydney Australia – Unity and Acceptance

Unity is bringing our community together and Acceptance is accepting everyone who they are especially in our community and generally by everyone

178. Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH), Refugee Action Coalition (RAC), Teachers for Refugees, National Union of Students (NUS), Australian Queer Students Network (AQSN), Riff Raff Radical Marching Band – No Pride In Detention, No Pride In Turnbull

The thrust of the message is us declaring our opposition to Turnbull, first and foremost for his obscene border and immigration policies, but also for his attacks on Safe Schools and denial of marriage equality.

We intend to be as colourful as possible, with our specially designed t-shirts for the occasion, and visual representations of Turnbull paired off with Trump in the form of giant heads.

179. Trans Sydney Pride

Our message is to say we are here: that the trans community is strong, diverse and beautiful.

180. Shellharbour Shag Harders – Pumping for Love

We are “Pumping for Love”! We strive to help young LGBTQI’s love themselves for who they are and fearlessly love others. Our goal is to create a love like no other, a love that is free from discrimination and free to be different and unique. We encourage young people to not be afraid of love, we are pumping for love.

181. UNION PRIDE

Our entry will display how proud LGBTQI are and how they fit into their local community. Our Group UINON PRIDE is open to all LGBTQI that are union members from across Australia. and open to union member’s from outside Australia.

182. Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation – headspace, we’ve got your back.

Homophobia and transphobia has a major impact on a young person’s mental health and wellbeing, with an increased likelihood of self-harm and suicidal behaviour. headspace is aware of the prejudice and discrimination against many minority groups in Australian society.

183. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – A Fabulous Future

A Fabulous Future will feature two hoop aerialists and 40 community dancers in a spectacular float that depicts a ‘Barberella’ styled future where everyone is equal, respects and loves each other and anyone can be married. The two hoops represent rings of love and commitment and the aerialists, the sparkling diamonds in the rings.

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