ICONIC SYDNEY MARDI GRAS 41TH FESTIVAL
All that glitters isn’t gold but the magic stays
All that glitters isn’t gold. At least not for this 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras taking place in March for the 41th time.
The event organizers are committed to phasing out the gold glitter for environmental reasons - along with balloons and single-use plastic water bottles.
Consequently, many of the floats in this year’s parade will be glitter-free.
Sydney’s iconic festival has used tonnes of glitter from China, which ended up in the ocean.
The plan now is to make the event completely carbon neutral within five years.
Glitter is microplastic, a plastic less than five millimeters in length that causes harm to marine life that mistakes it for food. And humans ingest the microplastics via seafood.
Balloons are also a problem, with the attached strings strangling birds.
Other festivals in Australia, such as the Sydney Festival, Splendour in the Grass and the Falls Festival have already moved on discouraging the use of single-use plastics, but none have ban glitter outright.
But for those addicted to glitter there are the friendlier glitter options made from the cellulose of eucalyptus trees.
Madi Gras highlights The big parade is on 2 March. But there’s much more. Festive Fun
The parade itself is a full on party down the strips of Oxford and Flinders Street where hundreds of thousands of people will come together to watch, express and celebrate this year’s theme of “fearless”.
The Winery at Surry Hills is hosting a series of drag battles each themed for transformation into a rainbow oasis.
Queens from Sydney Drag Royalty will compete for the winning title in each category up until Saturday 2nd March. Address: 285A Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
The Beresford Hotel has a program of daily events including the popular Laneway Party. Options include the Absolut Mardi Gras Brunch a movie night on 4 March from 8pm featuring The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
atmosphere. There’s also a stage which is as much a creative space as it is a bar.
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