ICONIC SYD­NEY MARDI GRAS 41TH FES­TI­VAL

All that glit­ters isn’t gold but the magic stays

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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”.

Drag Bat­tles

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

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.

Cre­ative space

at­mos­phere. There’s also a stage which is as much a cre­ative space as it is a bar.

Queer Screen

high­light­ing the sto­ries of the LGBTQI com­mu­nity from across the globe.

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