Ruby Rose will join other queer celebrities Louie Spence, Matthew Mitcham and Courtney Act plus token hetero Charlotte Dawson in hosting Foxtel’s live coverage of the Mardi Gras Parade on Arena from 7.30pm on March 5.
“I’m massively excited to be part of it again. I did it in 2009 and it is still one of the most exhilarating, challenging, emotional experiences I’ve had front of the camera — all rolled into one gig,” Rose told the Star Observer.
“The incredible energy from the people lined up either side of Oxford St — I just want to bathe in positive vibes.”
Having grown up in Melbourne, Rose admitted the Parade wasn’t “massively on her radar” as she was growing up — in fact, her first Mardi Gras experience came as the 2009 Foxtel host.
“What an introduction — I laughed, I cried, I was scared, I was thrilled. It was a huge experience for me, so I’m really looking forward to it again — except I’m going to try not to cry on national television this time,” she laughed.
Rose said she feels the Parade is still as important as ever.
“It’s still the single biggest celebration in this country of standing up proud and loud as a gay person. I think it’s great to celebrate people from all age groups and all walks of life just being allowed to be themselves — no judgement, no restrictions.”