Mardi Gras

SBS To Broadcast Mardi Gras Parade Live To The World

Zoe Coombs Marr, Narelda Jacobs, Joel Creasey and Courtney Act (SBS)

Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras broadcast partner, SBS is bringing the colour and the magic of the 2021 Parade live and exclusive on Saturday night 6th March, with geo-blockers removed so it can be viewed anywhere in the world.

The global coverage, live and free, is from 6pm AEDT on SBS On Demand (https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/) with geo-blocks removed for viewers internationally. Or tune in for the full parade on SBS and NITV at 7:30pm.

Pre-covid, the Parade attracts hundreds-of-thousands of spectators along the route. However, with covid restrictions in place, this year’s Parade will be held in the Sydney Cricket Ground, with spectators viewing from the stands. Tickets are available here: https://www.mardigras.org.au/events/parade

Hosting the coverage will be drag icon, Courtney Act, comedians Joel Creasey and Zoe Coombs Marr, and Network 10 presenter Narelda Jacobs.

Mardi Gras Parade 2017 (Ann-Marie Calihanna | Mardi Gras)

Joel Creasey said he, “Can’t wait to be back with my Mardi Gras besties Narelda, Courtney and Zoë” in what will be his fifth time hosting coverage of the Parade.

“It’s a wild ride hosting Mardi Gras, so many elements and moving parts have to come together live on the night to make it all work… so often we are flying by the seat of our pants (assless chaps) but I couldn’t be doing it with a better crew. And, after the year we’ve had, we truly need the love, light and bio-degradable glitter that is Mardi Gras. I’ve never been to a cricket ground before so I hope my Uber driver knows where to drop me. I cannot wait!” Creasey said.

Courtney Act is equally excited, telling DNA, “I can’t wait to get my heels on the pitch, wearing a lace-front in place of a baggy green, to celebrate this unique and vibrant Mardi Gras parade with my Indigenous, black, brown, trans, bisexual, asexual, intersex, lesbian, gay and queer siblings. We’re going to bring all of the fun, glamour, heart, diversity and storytelling from the Sydney Cricket Ground and shout it loud and proud across Australia and around the world,” she said.

Over the night there will be live performances and interviews with a line-up of celebrity guests. The Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras remains one of the world’s largest and most loved LGBTIQA+ celebrations. This year the festival is themed RISE, a call to action that now is the time to rise again through love, compassion, respect and understanding, and to work to make the world a better place for all. The theme is a poignant message following the challenge and hardship of 2020.

Mardi Gras Parade (Jeffrey Feng | Mardi Gras)

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