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Mardi Gras Parade viewing parties announced across Australia

Thirty venues around the country have been announced as the official hosts of viewing parties for the upcoming Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

In cities and towns from the coast to the outback, the venues have received cash grants to host COVID-safe festivities as Sydney celebrates the country’s biggest LGBTIQ+ parade on Saturday 6 March.

Each event is set to feature plenty of rainbows and glitter, along with entertainment including comedy, drag, music, and more.

A $100,000 partnership between Mardi Gras and Facebook Australia, the new Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Events Grants are supporting hospitality venues, small businesses, and LGBTIQ+ artists and performers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger said that the grants have provided “much-needed support to the hospitality and arts sectors” while “helping create safe spaces for our community to gather and be a part of our Parade audience”.

“These venues will truly capture the spirit of Mardi Gras, with each programming incredible entertainment,” said Kruger.

“If you’re looking for a fun space to celebrate in style, you really can’t go past these venues.”

New South Wales venues

The Bank Hotel, Newtown

The Bearded Tit, Redfern

Bitter Phew, Darlinghurst

Burdekin Hotel, Darlinghurst

Café Fredas, Darlinghurst

The Colombian Hotel, Darlinghurst

Daniel San, Manly

Darlo Bar, Darlinghurst

Home The Venue, Sydney

Honkas, Potts Point

The Imperial Hotel, Erskineville

The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Wickham

Oxford Hotel, Darlinghurst

The Oxford Tavern, Petersham

The Palace Hotel, Broken Hill

Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney

The Rainbow Underground, Woonoona

The Shakespeare Hotel, Surry Hills

Stonewall Hotel, Darlinghurst

Rex Tamworth and Forum 6 Cinemas, Tamworth

Taylors Rooftop, Sydney

Universal, Darlinghurst

Que Bar, Wagga Wagga

The Wickham Hotel, Newcastle

The Winery, Surry Hills

Queensland venues

East Brisbane Bowls Club, East Brisbane

Crystalbrook Flynn, Cairns

Club Southport, Southport

Victoria venues

Piano Bar, Bendigo

Piano Bar, Geelong

“These 30 viewing events highlight the resilience and spirit of the LGBTIQ+ community, and Facebook Australia is proud to empower people to celebrate Mardi Gras in new, safe ways this year,” said Mia Garlick, Director of Policy at Facebook Australia.

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