Three-night extravaganza for Pride

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The 2018 Kimberley Queen finalists with Suzi Jakuzi (right) at the 2018 Mardi Gras Dance Party.
Camera IconThe 2018 Kimberley Queen finalists with Suzi Jakuzi (right) at the 2018 Mardi Gras Dance Party. Credit: Carly Laden

The streets of Broome are set to be flooded with glitter and rainbows again as the town gets ready for the town’s biggest Mardi Gras celebration yet.

A three-night LGBT+ extravaganza will take hold of the town from Thursday, February 28 to Saturday, March 2 when Broome Pride celebrates its fifth Mardi Gras, including drag bingo, a cabaret dinner, the 2019 Kimberley Queen competition and plenty of fabulous performances by local and visiting performers.

Broome Pride president Lucy Falcocchio said Broome Mardi Gras had undergone “a huge evolution” since its humble beginnings as a one-night event.

“We started off with a small Mardi Gras-themed party at Skylla Lounge in 2014 where we had a couple of hundred people,” she said.

“The second year saw a capacity crowd at Skylla but in the third year, when we started the Kimberley Queen competition, we got to the point where we just couldn’t fit everyone inside.

“There were people lining up down the street so we knew we needed to think bigger to satisfy the demand of Mardi Gras.

“Last year was the first year of holding our dance party in a joint venture with The Mangrove Hotel as well as a cabaret dinner at the Broome Civic Centre and both of those events were sold out before we even opened the doors.

“I’m hoping that this year will be a sell-out event once again and if ticket sales so far are any indication, I think there’s a good chance it will be.”

Ms Falcocchio said the amount of community support Mardi Gras had received over the years had helped the event grow to what it had become today.

“I always see Broome Mardi Gras as a way of celebrating as one community, and without the support of the wider Broome community, all of this wouldn’t happen,” she said.

“Broome Pride’s vision is always to be inclusive of everyone and we have certainly achieved that by collaborating with local businesses to make Mardi Gras one of the town’s biggest events.

“It’s become so big that we get people from just about everywhere coming into town.”

Because of the massive growth in Mardi Gras celebrations in Broome, Ms Falcocchio said Broome Mardi Gras had quickly become the alternative to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the biggest LGBT+

celebration in Australia.

“We certainly have the crown for not only being ‘the other big Mardi Gras’ but also the most remote Mardi Gras in Australia,” she said.

“Ours is a little different to Sydney but hopefully we can continue to be have one of the biggest celebrations in the country.

“As we get bigger we get more headline acts coming in so I think there will be quite the array of entertainment this year. “The line-up this year will include five queens from Drag Territory, local queen Suzi Jakuzi, Pearlesque Belles, the Wasamba drummers, 2018 Kimberley Queen Sum-Ting Wong, and we have Melbourne queen Jessica James flying in.

“I’m hoping that everyone really gets into the spirit with lots of glitter, lots of colour, and they just have a good0 time.”

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