BH in Sydney Mardi Gras
Wednesday, 28th February, 2018
By Kara de Groot
Broken Hill will be represented at Sydney’s Mardi Gras Festival this weekend, with a Broken Heel Festival float taking part in Saturday’s parade.
Festival Director Esther La Rovere said they’d been working on the float for several months, but the planning began mid last year.
“Nearly 300 applied for floats this year, they got a massive number because it’s the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Mardi Gras,” Ms La Rovere said.
“We got accepted, which I believe is pretty rare for them to have regional events or groups out there, but it means over 300,000 people are expected to see our float in person,” she said.
“We’re close to the front of parade, we’re number 21 out of 80 floats.” Ms La Rovere said festival partners AAMI provided the support needed to get the float and performers down to Sydney, and they were very grateful for that help, with the trip to Sydney beginning today.
“We’ll have all our performers from the festival, 20 dancing girls at the back and some outfits from Priscilla including the emus and lizards,” Ms La Rovere said.
“We’ll have miners as well, as a reference to Broken Hill. They’ll be in high vis but probably not quite looking how they do underground, they’ll be a little bit sexy with glittery helmets and probably glitter beards.
“I’ll be down on the ground next to the float, in an emu outfit.”
The float will have custom-made music blaring, special lighting, and an array of flowing, sequin-covered ribbons streaming from the back and Ms La Rovere expects it’ll hold up well next to the other floats.
She said nearly everything was done, and they just need to put it together ready for the parade once they’re in Sydney.
“I’m really excited, I think we’ll get some great support from the community down there and I think it’ll create a lot of interest in the Broken Heel Festival,” Ms La Rovere said.
“The parade will be broadcast on SBS on Sunday night at 8.30pm, and we’ll be airing that on the big screen at the Palace.”
For those interested in watching the parade live, there will be an online broadcast at SBS On Demand online on the Saturday.