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Greatest LGBTQI Mardi Gras Music Moments

Take a look back at the most memorable years
Mathew Coyte
24 Feb
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Since it’s humble and turbulent beginning in 1978, the Sydney LGBTQI Mardi Gras has become known as one of the world’s most vital celebrations, not only of gay pride and sexual diversity, but also of the healing power of music. With this year’s musical guest Cher warming up her vocal warbles in anticipation of her 30 year Mardi Gras anniversary performance we thought it was time to look back at some of Mardi Gras’ most memorable after-party performances.

1991 - Tina Arena pops her Mardi Gras Cherry

Now a Mardi Gras regular, little Tina was still remembered as the youngest member of TV’s Young Talent Time when she first took to the stage at the after party at the Sydney Showgrounds. It was to be the start of a beautiful and long-running relationship.

1992 - I Can See Clary Now

Visiting UK comedian Julian Clary sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir at the 1992 Mardi Gras Party for the 10am closing show, leaving the crowd with something to smile about as they shuffled away into the morning sun.

1994 - Kylie’s Debut

Now a name as synonymous with Mardi Gras as leather chaps, Kylie packed out 1994 Mardi Gras Party, with a whopping 19,000 tickets sold. Kylie sang her hit 'What Do I Have To Do' at 3am in the Royal Hall of Industries. Being there earned you similar cred as owning a ticket stub to the first Big Day Out with Nirvana.

1997 - The Only Gays In The Village

The Party guests for 2017 were international heavyweights. Chaka Khan sang her hit I’m Every Woman, and the Village People who performed Can’t Stop the Music. 21,000 tickets were sold, with construction hats and Indian headdresses also enjoying healthy sales.

1999 - Jimmy Barnes – Leather Daddy

Always a great supporter of Mardi Gras, Jimmy Barnes secured his legend status at the 1999 Party, donning leather gear for a very masculine and energetic performance of You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).

2008 - Xanadu in Sydney

Star power was the order of the day at 2008's Party which included Olivia Newton-John performing Xanadu, and Cyndi Lauper singing Same Ol’ Story and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

2010 - By George!

George Michael, Kelly Rowland and Adam Lambert were the massive headliners at the 2010 Party. George loved Sydney and the Mardi Gras so much he stayed for several weeks after Mardi Gras season ended.

Insider
|24 Feb|5 mins

Greatest LGBTQI Mardi Gras Music Moments

Take a look back at the most memorable years
Mathew Coyte
24 Feb
Share:

Since it’s humble and turbulent beginning in 1978, the Sydney LGBTQI Mardi Gras has become known as one of the world’s most vital celebrations, not only of gay pride and sexual diversity, but also of the healing power of music. With this year’s musical guest Cher warming up her vocal warbles in anticipation of her 30 year Mardi Gras anniversary performance we thought it was time to look back at some of Mardi Gras’ most memorable after-party performances.

1991 - Tina Arena pops her Mardi Gras Cherry

Now a Mardi Gras regular, little Tina was still remembered as the youngest member of TV’s Young Talent Time when she first took to the stage at the after party at the Sydney Showgrounds. It was to be the start of a beautiful and long-running relationship.

1992 - I Can See Clary Now

Visiting UK comedian Julian Clary sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir at the 1992 Mardi Gras Party for the 10am closing show, leaving the crowd with something to smile about as they shuffled away into the morning sun.

1994 - Kylie’s Debut

Now a name as synonymous with Mardi Gras as leather chaps, Kylie packed out 1994 Mardi Gras Party, with a whopping 19,000 tickets sold. Kylie sang her hit 'What Do I Have To Do' at 3am in the Royal Hall of Industries. Being there earned you similar cred as owning a ticket stub to the first Big Day Out with Nirvana.

1997 - The Only Gays In The Village

The Party guests for 2017 were international heavyweights. Chaka Khan sang her hit I’m Every Woman, and the Village People who performed Can’t Stop the Music. 21,000 tickets were sold, with construction hats and Indian headdresses also enjoying healthy sales.

1999 - Jimmy Barnes – Leather Daddy

Always a great supporter of Mardi Gras, Jimmy Barnes secured his legend status at the 1999 Party, donning leather gear for a very masculine and energetic performance of You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).

2008 - Xanadu in Sydney

Star power was the order of the day at 2008's Party which included Olivia Newton-John performing Xanadu, and Cyndi Lauper singing Same Ol’ Story and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

2010 - By George!

George Michael, Kelly Rowland and Adam Lambert were the massive headliners at the 2010 Party. George loved Sydney and the Mardi Gras so much he stayed for several weeks after Mardi Gras season ended.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

2012 - Kylie’s Party

2012's Mardi Gras Parade and Party honoured Kylie Minogue’s 25 years of music and her unfaltering support for the LGBTQI communities. Kylie was honoured with a huge show in the Parade featuring 140 dancers, and she performed a full-on 20-minute montage of her greatest hits at the ‘MARDIGRASLAND’ Party. Also performing at the Party were Sneaky Sound System and the legendary RuPaul.

2015 - A Night Of Stars

Dannii Minogue returned for the huge 2015 Mardi Gras Party, which also starred heavyweights Nick Jonas, Jessica Mauboy, Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, Betty Who, Rufus Wainwright and Courtney Act.

2016 - A Euro-vision

In 2016 special moment was witnessed by partygoers at the RHI stage at 1:30am, with Eurovision song contest winner Conchita Wurst and Mardi Gras Ambassador Courtney Act singing a stirring duet.

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