March 6, 2021 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)

        

Newcastle Pride: Mardi Gras 2021 Parade

‘2020… What A Drag Darl!’

 

Newcastle Pride is extremely excited to announce we will again be featuring in the upcoming 2021 Mardi Gras Parade (Saturday, 6th March 2021). The theme for this year’s parade is ‘RISE’. Newcastle Pride is both metaphorically, and even literally, rising our cocktail glasses in a tongue-in-cheek and fun way to the heroes of 2020!

After the ordeal that was 2020, Newcastle Pride is ready to put on our most outrageous wigs and jewelry and raise a glass in celebration of the opportunity to finally come together, let our hair down and party like never before! Just like an immensely proud Drag-Mother, Newcastle Pride is so proud of our community who showed incredible resilience and compassion for each other over the last year. Whether it be our region’s first responders during the bushfires, or our nurses, teachers, supermarket workers, and cleaners, keeping our communities going through the extremely difficult COVID lockdowns and restrictions. Newcastle Pride salutes these incredible heroes in our communities with a toast in their honour. Despite 2020 being such an utter drag, Newcastle Pride is determined to rise above it all and stand shoulder to shoulder with our community, as we put on our best drag and show COVID-19… nothing stops a determined Drag Queen or King. So, take the rollers out of your hair, grab your martini glass and let’s put on your best drag cause its Mardi Gras baby! Raise your glasses cause the drinks are on us! Corona will never cramp our style! xxx

 

Being the first Mardi Gras EVER to be staged at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), it will be an extremely different and unique Mardi Gras experience!

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS ONCE OF A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!

 

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Mardi Gras has adopted a COVID Safe Plan in close consultation with NSW Health to make sure all participants and spectators feel safe to attend the event.

Newcastle Pride, like all parade entries, MUST COMPLY with the COVID Safe guidelines and requirements.

 

A series of COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be in place and Participants must comply with these. These include:

  • Symptom screening & temperature checks
  • Contact details registered for all individual participants
  • ID checks on entry
  • Mandatory face masks for all participants while in the Marshalling Area and travelling to and from the event (NB: wearing face masks is not mandatory whilst on the actual Parade Route).
  • Stay at home if you are sick or have any cold or flu symptoms.
  • Physical distancing at all times
  • Avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses
  • The practice of good hand hygiene. Hand sanitiser and hand wash stations will be available in the Marshalling Area
  • Controlled access sections within the Marshalling Area will be in place to allow physical distancing and avoid contact with large numbers of people

 

By purchasing a ticket to attend Mardi Gras with Newcastle Pride, ALL TICKET HOLDERS THEREFORE CONFIRM THEY HAVE READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OUTLINED IN THE 2021 PARADE ENTRANT DOCUMENT – SEE BELOW – SPECIFICALLY SECTIONS 8 & 9 (FOUND ON PAGES 18-22) AND AGREE TO COMPLY WITH ALL MARDI GRAS GUIDELINES, REQUIREMENTS (i.e. COVID SAFE PLAN / CODE OF CONDUCT / ETC) AND THE DIRECTIONS OF NEWCASTLE PRIDE STAFF, MARDI GRAS STAFF, SECURITY, VOLUNTEERS, NSW POLICE OR OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICES.

Mardi Gras Parade Entrant Document Available Here

 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, available tickets will be VERY LIMITED (Newcastle Pride can ONLY offer 40 tickets). Tickets will only be available to Current Financial Members of Newcastle Pride. Your Membership Number will be required during the booking process and will be checked by Newcastle Pride staff shortly after booking. Tickets can only be purchased either in pairs (x2), OR individually (this is to give everyone the best possible chance to secure a ticket).

 

Newcastle Pride kindly asks our community to purchase their Ticket by early February in order to allow for your respective costume to be made according to your requested size.

 

PLEASE NOTE – TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  1. The Parade Start Time is 6:30PM and will conclude at 10:00PM. Newcastle Pride will receive a set Marshalling Time from Mardi Gras for our group. This will occur sometime between 3:00PM – 6:00PM. Therefore ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE AVAILABLE FROM 3:00PM UNTIL 10:00PM on Saturday, 6th March 2021. Participants who are late will be locked out and unable to participate in the parade.
  2. The Parade will proceed in all weather conditions (rain, hail, shine). You MUST commit to attend the parade regardless of the weather on the day of the event. The only reason you should withdraw from the Parade and stay home is if you develop any cold or flu symptoms.
  3. All Participants must be aged 18 years or older.
  4. All Participants must treat each other with respect and dignity. You represent not only your incredible selves, but also Newcastle Pride as an organisation and the wider Newcastle and Hunter Region.
  5. All Participants must carry on them at all times VALID PHOTO ID. ID will be required to gain entry into the Marshalling area this year. The Photo ID MUST correspond with the name you register under.
  6. Consumption of alcohol or drugs will NOT be tolerated. The Parade is held within an alcohol-free zone. Any participant found to be under the influence or carrying such items will be immediately ejected from the Parade and banned from participating in future parades.
  7. Each Participant will be sent an email directly from Mardi Gras and will be required to pre-register (for COVID Safe Tracking) and agree to the T&Cs. Upon completion of the registration process, each Participant will be sent a unique QR Code ticket / pass that must be presented to gain entry to the Marshalling Area. THIS IS YOUR UNIQUE MARDI GRAS TICKET. THIS THEREFORE MEANS EACH PARTICIPANT WILL RECEIVE 1x TICKET FROM MARDI GRAS (ENTRY) + 1x TICKET FROM NEWCASTLE PRIDE (COSTUME / WRISTBAND). BOTH TICKETS WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU.
  8. The Parade will be recorded LIVE for broadcast on SBS, as well as photographed from various media outlets. By participating in the Parade, you give permission to Mardi Gras to include you in this broadcast / media.
  9.  All Participants MUST wear their respective Wristband at all times during the event.
  10.  A Participant Information Session will be held in Newcastle during February giving Participants at least two options to attend. Participants MUST attend this briefing session. Participants are asked to monitor their email for updates between the time of booking and the day of the event.
  11. If for any reason you cannot march with Newcastle Pride, please email community@newcastlepride.com.au immediately so we can offer your place to someone else.
  12. You must present your NEWCASTLE PRIDE TICKET to receive your Parade Entry Wristband / Costume. Once you receive your Costume, it becomes your responsibility to make sure it does not become misplaced, stolen or broken.
  13. Tickets will ONLY be refunded if the Mardi Gras 2021 Parade is cancelled due to COVID-19. No other reason will be accepted. Tickets are not transferable.

 

Tickets will cost $100 per person. You will either select to be a DRAG QUEEN or DRAG KING to participate in the Parade.

 

 

OPTION 1: DRAG QUEEN TICKET HOLDERS WILL RECEIVE:

 

 

 

 

  • Parade Entry Wristband
  • Official Newcastle Pride 2021 Mardi Gras Drag Queen T-Shirt OR Crop Top
  • Beehive Styled Wig
  • Silver Skirt
  • Light-up Martini Glass

NB: Accessories (e.g. Chunky Jewellery) will be at Ticket Holder’s own expense. Please style and dress as closely as possible to the image above to bring the character to life!

 

 

OPTION 2: DRAG KING TICKET HOLDERS WILL RECEIVE:

 

 

 

 

  • Parade Entry Wristband
  • Official Newcastle Pride 2021 Mardi Gras Drag King T-Shirt OR Crop Top
  • Elvis Styled Wig
  • Silver Pants
  • Light-up Martini Glass

NB: Accessories (e.g. Chunky Jewellery) will be at Ticket Holder’s own expense. Please style and dress as closely as possible to the image above to bring the character to life!

 

Limited to 2x tickets max per transaction. If purchasing 2x tickets, individual Newcastle Pride Membership numbers must be entered. Multiple transactions are not accepted.

 

A ‘Standby List’ will be developed and we will offer these, if and when, places become available. Those who miss out marching with Newcastle Pride can apply to be Participants in a range of other community organisations (like our sister Pride – Central Coast Pride, Gay Pride Australia, PFLAG, Wear It Purple, ACON and R U OK?). To register for the Standby List please email: community@newcastlepride.com.au

 

Newcastle Pride is ready to PARTY and we can’t wait to see our members at Mardi Gras 2021!

 

Newcastle Pride is a proud recipient of a Mardi Gras Google Parade Grant! We thank both Mardi Gras and Google for their support!

Newcastle Pride would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of Umbrella Legal in supporting our float entry for a second year in a row!

 

 

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Newcastle Pride respectfully acknowledges that our celebrations are held on the traditional Lands of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples. Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.