Volunteers, Parade entrants, Fair Day and Festival participants, staff, board and community supporters came together on Monday evening at Sydney’s Beresford Hotel to celebrate the spectacular 2016 season at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Awards.
The Awards Ceremony signifies the official end of the 2016 season, and a chance to celebrate those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Festival. The 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Award Winners are:
Excellence in Innovation: Frank Iannilli
Excellence in Service: Alison Jaffee
Excellence in Leadership: Shane Farr
Excellence in Teamwork: Ty Owen
I-Care Award: Peter Moody
Volunteer of the Year: Gary Ryan
Achievement Awards: Luke Nutley, Dino Dimitriades, Scott Foster, Isec, Fair Play
Best Commercial Food Stall: The Smoothie Company
Best Commercial Stall: Medibank
Best Community Stall: Wear It Purple
Stall of the Year: Female Traders
Best Choreography: The University of Sydney
Best Costume Design: Lady Business
Best Float Design: Sydney Queer Irish
Best Individual Entrant: Bronnie Takes A Ride
Ron Austin Award for Fabulous Parade Entry: Tropical Fruits Inc, Harbour City Bears
Special Commendations: Gay Tradies, GLADD – Gay & Lesbian Association of Doctors & Dentists, NSW State Emergency Service
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Rene Rivas – Mardi Gras Parade costume designer
For more information, visit: www.mardigras.org.au for details.
Image: The Tropical Fruits Entry in this year’s Mardi Gras Parade – photo courtesy of Tropical Fruits Inc.