Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have announced a new partnership to extend the Mardi Gras celebrations into the Darling Harbour precinct.
The first collaborative event will be the Month of Love (1 February – 1 March 2014) to be held in Darling Harbour.
The Darling Harbour Alliance is excited to see the precinct celebrate love in all its forms with FREE and ticketed events.
Catherine Gallagher, CEO, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority said the partnership would be beneficial for the people of NSW, adding to the experience for locals and encouraging more visitors to Darling Harbour.
“We are delighted to host Mardi Gras festivities in the Darling Harbour precinct and we extend a huge welcome to all the visitors who watch the event along the parade route and want to continue their celebrations.
“We are entering a new and very exciting phase with the beginning of the Darling Harbour Live project and the development of The Goods Line, due for completion in August.
“Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority has entered the collaboration with Mardi Gras with a long-term view and we welcome new partnership opportunities to grow our visitation,” she said.
Michael Rolik, CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras said, “We are delighted to be partnering with the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority to extend the Mardi Gras celebrations to Darling Harbour for the first time in 2014. We look forward to continuing to work together in coming years, as the exciting new facilities around the Darling Harbour precinct start to take shape.”
“Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is an event for all Sydneysiders and visitors to enjoy and engage in, and what better place to immerse yourself in the festivities than in Sydney’s backyard at Darling Harbour!” Mardi Gras’ Festival Producer James Rongen-Hall added.
Month of Love is part of Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s calendar of events which helps contribute close to $162 million to the State’s visitor economy.
Some of the Mardi Gras events featuring in the Month of Love include the Little Black Dress Run on February 16 to raise money for Camp Goodtime, which supports children living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
There are a range of other interactive activities for families to enjoy, such as mask and T shirt decorating and lots more!
Throughout the entire precinct (Harbourside, Cockle Bay, Darling Quarter, Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife Sydney Zoo & Madame Tussauds) Mardi Gras Me gives you the opportunity to snap a photo of yourself in a series of classic Mardi Gras scenes and Instagram them to all your friends, with the life-size photo walls throughout Mardi Gras season.
For more information about the Month of Love at Darling Harbour in February, visit darlingharbour.com
For more information about Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, visit mardigras.org.au