Revealed today, the four different covers of the Sydney Mardi Gras official 2012 festival guide read – “Celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex pride.”
The new pocket-sized guide, which will be free to pick up from gay hotspots around the city from this weekend, feature drag showgirl Summer Salt, original 1978 marcher Ron Austin, the Oxford Hotel’s Tia Lee and Harbour City Bear Ross James making up the four alternative covers.
Sydney Mardi Gras promise “a diverse line-up of more than 60 events celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex pride” for 2012’s festival.
The official Festival Guide, which is will be available to view online on Mardi Gras’ website next week, confirms the full list of activities planned, from new theatre shows, to Queer Thinking speakers, along with returning favourites like the Harbour Party.
Meanwhile, a slew of new headliner acts has been announced for the offiical Sydney Mardi Gras Party set for 3 March 2012. Chicane, Wayne G, Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones and Andy Butler will join the Mardigrasland adventure park themed event.
The 2012 Harbour Party line-up has now also been revealed. The popular annual harbour-side dance party, taking place on Saturday Feb 25th, will feature performances from Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones, Kate Monroe, Troy Cox, and Olivian DJ.
JOINING THE PARADE?
Applications are now being taken from groups interested in joining the 2012 Mardi Gras Parade on March 3.
Just like last year, 2012’s Parade entrant criteria specifies that entries must fall into one of two categories: either “LGBTQI individuals, groups and organisations communicating a message” or “non-LGBTQI individuals, groups and organisations communicating a clear message of support or celebration for LGBTQI people.”