Flamboyant finale for Sydney Mardi Gras 2014
Feb 27 2014
by Marc Dedonder

Flamboyant finale for Sydney Mardi Gras 2014

After 3 weeks of festivities, the Sydney gay and lesbian Mardi Gras will end beautifully this weekend with the traditional parade on Oxford Street and the closing party with Australian star Tina Arena.

Mardi Gras in Sydney is undoubtedly one of the biggest LGBT festivals in the world and its parade in Sydney's gay neighborhood one of the most spectacular gay parades.

This year, 10,000 people will  parade from 6:30 in an explosion of colors, glitter, music and rainbow flags, with hundreds of thousands lining the route along Oxford Street and Flinder Street.

The most anticipated event this year is the final float, imagined by Australian director Baz Luhrmann ("Romeo and Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge"). According to the Sydney Morning Herald, this extravagant and spectacular float has been prepared in great secrecy for 8 months. Nine meters long, 4 meters high, with 98 dancers and 6 drag queens… The decor is that of "Strictly Ballroom The Musical" created by Baz Luhrmann from his 1992 film, which will start on March 25 in Sydney.

After the parade, people will party at Moore Park for the huge closing party headlined by Australian singer Tina Arena. This is her fourth participation in this amazing annual  party that hosts the biggest pop stars (Kylie Minogue, Loreen, Jake Shears, RuPaul, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Boy Geoge, Kelly Rowland, Calvin Harris etc.).

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