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South Asians talking about Mardi Gras

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Pride week has already begun in Australia! Since Sydney’s fabulous Mardi Gras parade is coming up this weekend, I had a chat with Alan Maurice, Kunal Mirchandani, and Ravin (members of Trikone), about the renowned festival, its history and what it means to the South Asian LGBTQ+ community.

Why is Pride called Mardi Gras in Australia?

“The reason we made it during summer was to enjoy the weather and party hard!” according to Trikone founder, Alan Maurice.

While its name has religious roots; Mardi Gras (‘Fat Tuesday’ in French) is a Catholic term created to describe the festivities that lead up to Lent (a period of penitential preparation for Easter), Mardi Gras celebrations now have a new meaning: a pride parade amidst a raging street party to celebrate visibility and acceptance.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade is scheduled for this Saturday, March 6, and for the first time ever, it will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

LISTEN ALSO: Don’t Miss The Link Ep 6: The Indian LGBTQ+ community in 2020


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Bageshri Savyasachi
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