March in the 2014 Mardi Gras Parade with Dr Mark
Dr Mark’s Marching Academy will return for the 2014 Mardi Gras parade and the group is looking for more volunteers to join them as they stomp, high kick, baton twirl and cavort their way down Oxford Street.
Known for its tight choreography, superior sound and lighting rig, and cute boys and girls in tight aussiebums shorts, the group had its first outing at the 1999 parade, and has won several awards for its parade contribution since – remember that massive Kylie tribute float in 2007? That was Dr Mark Marching Academy.
This year Dr Mark’s entry will highlight gay equality issues around the world, including the fight for same-sex marriage in Australia, and the repression and persecution of gay men and lesbians in Russia.
But it's not all about politics, according to entry organiser Dr Mark, the entry is also simply an opportunity for members of the community to have fun, make friends and get involved.
"We put a lot of effort in every year to really stand out in the parade," says Dr Mark. "But it's also just a lot of fun for the boys and girls who want that excitement of marching."
Rehearsals will be held several times a week for the three weeks before the parade and participants are required to learn a short but high-energy routine.
The entrants also help pay for the cost of the sound and lighting rig with a small contribution.
"With Mardi Gras set to be broadcast on free-to-air television again, this will be a great year to march in the parade," Dr Mark says. "We'll make a statement about gay rights, but we'll have a great night out as well... And we'll look fabulous while doing so."