Mardi Gras and Facebook Australia have announced 30 venues across Australia who’ve been awarded cash grants to host Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade viewing events.
The dazzling spectacle of Mardi Gras will sparkle across the country, from regional outback areas to coastal towns and inner-city hubs, as the venues stage inclusive and COVID-safe nights of entertainment on Saturday 6 March 2021.
The Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Events Grants is a new initiative by Mardi Gras and Facebook Australia and part of their annual partnership, aimed at supporting hospitality venues, small businesses, and LGBTQI artists and performers impacted by pandemic over the last 12 months.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger said, “The Parade Viewing Party Grants have not only provided much needed support to the hospitality and arts sectors, but they are also helping create safe spaces for our community to gather and be a part of our Parade audience.
“These venues will truly capture the spirit of Mardi Gras with each programming incredible entertainment,” Kruger said.
Mia Garlick, Director of Policy, Facebook Australia said, “This grants fund will help bring the magic of Mardi Gras to communities across Australia, and support many of the LGBTQI performers and venues who have been impacted by the events of the past 12 months.
These 30 viewing events highlight the resilience and spirit of the LGBTQI community, and Facebook Australia is proud to empower people to celebrate Mardi Gras in new, safe ways this year,” Garlick added.
The 30 venues are listed below, and for more Mardi Gras information visit www.mardigras.org.au.
New South Wales
The Bank Hotel, Newtown
The Bearded Tit, Redfern
Bitter Phew, Darlinghurst
Burdekin Hotel, Darlinghurst
Café Fredas, Darlinghurst
The Colombian Hotel, Darlinghurst
Daniel San, Manly
Darlo Bar, Darlinghurst
Home The Venue, Sydney
Honkas, Potts Point
The Imperial Hotel, Erskineville
The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Whickham
Oxford Hotel, Darlinghurst
The Oxford Tavern, Petersham
Palace Hotel, Broken Hill
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney
The Rainbow Underground, Woonoona
The Shakespeare Hotel, Surry Hills
Stonewall hotel, Darlinghurst
Rex Tamworth and Forum 6 Cinemas, Tamworth
Taylors Rooftop, Sydney
Que Bar, Wagga Wagga
The Wickham Hotel, Newcastle
The Winery, Surry Hills
East Brisbane Bowls Club, East Brisbane
Crystalbrook Flynn, Cairns
Club Southport, Southport
Piano Bar, Bendigo
Piano Bar, Geelong