Fair Day kicks off Mardi Gras season

Mardi Gra Fair Day (17)More than 70,000 are expected to attend the leafy surrounds of Victoria Park this Sunday, as Fair Day signals the start of the 36th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

One of the festival’s most-loved and highly anticipated community celebrations, Fair Day welcomes people and pets from all walks of life to Victoria Park for a full day of live performances on the main stage, roaming drag talent, amusement rides, kids activities, fabulous gourmet food, and plenty of opportunities for retail therapy.

Take advantage of free bike valet parking courtesy of Sydney Cycleways,  simply ride in, drop of your bike and enjoy the day!

Fair Day is an opportunity to engage with the diverse range of organisations that make up our community. From Dykes on Bikes, Defence Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Information Service (DEFGLIS), Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia (GALTA), and ACON, there will be something of interest to everyone.

The main stage will be packed with entertainment all day including highlights from festival to give you a sneak peek of shows you may want to see. Catch a performance by the NSW Police Band or the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir, watch a number from Paul Capsis or Sandy Bottom, or be potentially crowned Mr or Ms Fair Day.

The world famous Doggywood is back for our pampered pooches. If you’re among those who love their four legged friends be sure to visit to see the greatest show on paws.

NOH8 is a silent photographic protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska in response to the passing of Proposition 8, denouncing Gay Marriage in California in November 2008. Fair Day is making history in hosting the first Australian NOH8 photo shoot. For a small fee, you can be photographed and join NOH8 movement.

There is a diverse range of delicious experiences to be enjoyed this year. Choose from over 40 vendors for brunch, lunch or dinner. Why not BYO picnic rug and share a few treats with friends? Throughout the day the Cooking Stage will host cooking demonstrations by top chefs to inspire your own creations.

The Team Sydney Sports Village will feature over 20 different sports for you to ‘get out and play’. Speak to team members who enjoy playing sports as varied as tennis, rugby, swimming, soccer, baseball and many more. Then at 2.00pm cheer for your favourite team in the highlight of the day, the Team Sydney TUG-o-WAR where various teams tug off for the annual trophy.

When the sun goes down, it’s time to turn it up again in Newtown, as the Newtown Hotel and the Bank Hotel throw open their doors and invite you to party the night away with an array of great DJs and entertainment. It’s the perfect way to finish your Fair Day, and start your Mardi Gras season in true Sydney style.

For more information, and complete Fair Day program, visit: www.mardigras.org.au/fair-day for details.

Image: courtesy of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

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