Rainbow flag flies at Town Hall for Mardi Gras
The Lord Mayor Clover Moore and the Governor, the Honourable Marie Bashir, were on hand to raise the rainbow flag high at Town Hall to make the opening celebrations of Sydney’s annual Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras festival.
It marked the fifth time that the rainbow flag has been flown above Town Hall.
Mardi Gras co-chair Paul Savage acknowledged the support of the City of Sydney and the Lord Mayor. He also thanked the governor for her support for the LGBTI community.
Co-chair Siri Kommedahl told the assembled crowd that the theme for this year’s season was particularly fitting.
“This year we celebrate a Mardi Gras under the season theme of kaleidoscope. It comes from the Greek origin of a few words that loosely mean 'looking at beautiful forms' and isn’t that a beautiful way to describe our Mardi Gras – there is so much beauty and diversity in the community forms. We’re not just the colours of the rainbow we are all the shades in between."
Kommedahl added: "Mardi Gras is the time for the LGBTI communities to come together. To come together to fight for all that is common to us – our fight for fairness and equality – and to celebrate our victories together."
Mardi Gras celebrations kick off with a bang at Fair Day on Sunday at Victoria Park.