Fair Day in Victoria Park this Sunday February 18 marks the beginning of the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. It's an inclusive, free community event celebrating the LGBTQI community.
Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu says that the 40th anniversary is expected to attract record crowds. "There's more community stalls than ever before," she says.
Victoria Park will host more than 250 stalls and attractions, such as the Sports Village (where you can sign up for LGBTQI sporting teams), the ANZ Main Stage and the Tropicana Bar.
If you're a dog lover don't miss Doggywood, hosted by Australian drag legend Vanessa Wagner. From 10am to 4pm you and your best fur friend can take a snap together at the doggy photo booth, and you can enter your best four-legged mate in The Game of Bones dog pageant to win prizes in categories such as best dressed, most talented and best in show. Dai Aoki will present his border collie's impressive talents at his K9 Spectacular Dog Show (11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm), and will teach a class on how to get your dog to do the same at 1.30pm. There will also be opportunities to hear from dog experts about your pet's health, grooming, nutrition and behaviour, which you can join at 11.30am and 1pm.
The variety of stalls at Fair Day will highlight the amazing diversity of the LGBTQI community. Expect stands from the 78ers, Queer Screen and the Australian Gay and Lesbian Archives, just to name a few.
At the ANZ Main Stage there will be performances by the NSW Police Band, the Swing Out Sydney dancers and the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir. In the early afternoon there will be cabaret performances including from Miss First Nations winner Josie Baker, winner of Australia's Best Indigenous Drag Queen in 2017.
Comedian Jordan Raskopoulos takes over as MC in the late afternoon to present an all-female line-up of live music. DJs Sveta and Kate Monroe will take over from 5.30pm until close at 8pm.
If you want something a little more laid-back, head to the Courtyard Sessions from 5pm to 7pm at the Seymour Centre, where you'll find a bar, games and live music by singer-songwriter Rachel Maria Cox and Sydney three-piece Hollow States.
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