Mardi Gras and Google to support Community Floats for 40th Anniversary Parade

SGLMG Parade - photo by Anna Kucera APNSydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has announced the return of a joint partnership with Google for the SGLMG Community Parade Grants Program in 2018. The program provides support to individuals, community groups and not-for-profit groups to aid in the creation of their parade entries, and to take their ideas to the next level.

2018 marks the very special 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. As such, the SGLMG Community Parade Grants Program will give parade participants the means to create some extra fabulous floats in celebration of the anniversary.

“Brought in for the first time in 2017, the Community Grants Program was a huge success and helped community groups to really excel in their creative ideas,” said SGLMG CEO Terese Casu. “We hope the return of the grants program gives way to an even more spectacular show of entries to help celebrate our 40th anniversary.”

“We had a ball supporting the Mardi Gras Parade Grants last year, and we’re thrilled to be providing more funding to help community organisations create their own memorable parade experiences in 2018,” said KJ Pittl, Gayglers Sydney lead – Google Australia. “We are proud to partner with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and to continue supporting Australia’s LGBTQI community.”

With more than 12,000 participants, the Mardi Gras Parade is the Mardi Gras’ flagship event, and is the perfect opportunity for individuals and groups to showcase their work in the largest night-time parade of its kind in the world.

Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000, and will be awarded to the most compelling applicants who can demonstrate a clear message, excellent organisation skills, relevance to the LGBTQI community and a high level of artistic merit.

The SGLMG Community Parade Grants program is now open, with applications due by 5.00pm – Friday 12 January 2018. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade – photo by Anna Kucera