It’s Mardi Gras time again and if you haven’t already got your outfits sorted, you’re in luck.
Loads of labels have released special pride and Mardi Gras themed collections in honour of the festival with plenty of sequins, rainbow and tie dye prints to have you looking your most fabulous.
All pronouns are being celebrated by Levi’s, who created an inclusive, non-binary range that includes a $200 liberation trucker jacket and a $190 jumpsuit that are both emblazoned with the words ‘they/them, she/her, he/him, we’.
All profits from the range are being donated to LGBTIQA+ human rights group, OutRight Action International, and in Australia, Levi’s has also partnered with Minus18, to create an educational resource to share the importance of using and respecting everyone’s correct pronouns. Check it out at the bottom of this article.
In a collaboration with LGBTIQA+ anti discrimination group GLAAD, ASOS has a great range of unisex tops, tanks and co-ords, with all profits being donated back to GLAAD.
Boohoo has gone 80s-inspired for their collection, and have a one shouldered bodysuit for $12.50 that’s very ONJ.
Other highlights include a $55 long-sleeved, sequinned rainbow dress, and these $25 high top canvas sneakers with ‘Love’ scribbled across the side.
While it isn’t officially a Mardi Gras themed collection, Cotton On and Cotton On Kids also have some colourful, tie dye gear including this cute $30 crew top and matching tracksuit, so you and your mini me can colour-coordinate.
Teaming up with the Wear It Purple charity on their ten year anniversary, Aussie brand Calli have released a simple, three-piece collection for Sydney Mardi Gras.
The range includes a white $80 T-shirt and a $90 pullover with the brand name embroidered in rainbow lettering, and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the charity which is all about fostering supportive environments for rainbow people.
You’re not fully dressed for Mardi Gras unless your makeup is also on point, and it’s hard to look past a little glitter to get your glow on.
Cover FX’s glitter drops are currently half price for $34 at Sephora to add an easy, fuss free sparkle to your eyes, cheeks and hair. Or you could go for IGK’s $25 Hair & Body Glitter Stick for another easy to apply glitter look, or stick to face gems like these $12 ones from In Your Dreams.
For an all over shimmer, you could also try Bondi Sands' $13 Glo Gloss.
Lovely long lashes like these Faux Mink Lash from Huda Beauty, are also a must for Mardi Gras.
Best of Mardi Gras 2021 events
While the parade won’t be snaking its way through Oxford Street this year, it’ll still be just as show stopping for a seated audience at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Moore Park.
Held on Saturday March 6, ticket holders will enjoy a parade of over 5,000 participants marching to the theme of RISE, encouraging us to rise above the many challenges last year brought.
However, Mardi Gras is so much more than just the parade, so don’t fret if you miss out on tickets to the main event as there are dozens of other events happening across Sydney over the next two weeks.
Thought-provoking talks are being held at the NSW Teachers Federation Auditorium including My Drag Story, which will see seven of Australia’s most fabulous queens take the stage to share their wisdom, and a Queer Thinking series hosted by prominent LGBTIQA+ Aussies, which will encourage the audience to delve into some of the issues facing the LGBTIQA+ community.
A Laugh Out Proud comedy show, critically acclaimed play, The Pass, and interactive exhibition, Skin Deep, are also part of the line up, and you can always take a stroll down Oxford street to bask in the glory of Oxtravaganza, where retailers along the famous street are offering sales, live music and general Mardi Gras merriment.
BWS's Paddington stores on Oxford and South Dowling streets have transformed into BWYASSSes as part of a collaboration with Sydney drag queen Miss Prada Clutch.
If you still have space in your social calendar, Merivale and Absolut Vodka have teamed up to host a series of Mardi Gras events around Sydney including a Drag Brunch by the beach, cabaret performances and a few games of Bingay - gay/drag bingo.
Or you could be proactive and host your own picnic with scholarship and mentoring foundation Pinnacle, with funds raised going to support young LGBTIQA+ Aussies.
So no excuses, get out and get involved in Mardi Gras 2021!
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