Newcastle Pride was on ABC News Breakfast on Saturday 15th February 2020 discussing our Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 preparations and excitement to be apart of the annual parade! The video shows Newcastle Pride hard at work constructing the float and practicing our dance moves to march up Oxford Street on Saturday 29th February 2020!


“This year, we’ve got a bigger float and a lot of new people as well, so there’s still a lot of excitement.

“We’ve got dance lessons happening, we’ve got lots of things happening at the moment.

“It’s exciting, and it’s important that we be a part of Mardi Gras, that we’re seen in that parade,” said Founder and president of Newcastle Pride, Lee-Anne McDougall.


“It means so much to represent Newcastle, especially the queer community of Newcastle at Mardi Gras.”

It was an opportunity, through the widespread media coverage and in person, to showcase Newcastle as a vibrant city and region.

“Newcastle Pride has created such a great organisation and such a great community here in Newcastle,” Mr Abbott said.

“It’s amazing to take that out of Newcastle and showcase, not only that we exist in Newcastle, [but] that Newcastle has also evolved and grown along with the rest of the country and the rest of the world.”


The ABC article and video are attached below. If you would like to join us on the Newcastle Pride float its not yet too late – head to our website to purchase your ticket today!

ABC News Breakfast Video – 15/02/2020



ABC News Article: Newcastle Pride Going Bigger For Second Mardi Gras Parade