New Mardi Gras today released its criteria for 2011 parade entries.

As well as containing an introduction from the newly announced Consulting Artistic Director of the Parade, Ignatius Jones, it provides all the necessary information required to submit a parade entry.

It also includes new criteria defining eligibility to be part of the parade.

After much debate in the run-up to the 2010 Parade about the exclusion of Animal Liberation (READ IT HERE), NMG set up the It’s Your Parade community forum to get feedback on who should be able to participate.

The Entrant Criteria has been developed on the back of that process and is set out in the kit.

All applications from GLBTQ people or a GLBTQ organisation are welcome, whether their entry is focused on GLBTQ-related messages or not.

Applications from people or organisations which are not part of the GLBTQ community are also welcome so long as the focus of their entry is a clear message of support or celebration relating to GLBTQ people.

Only applications from non-GLBTQ groups or individuals who are not promoting a positive GLBTQ-related message will be refused entry.

“With this year’s Parade Entry Kit we have much clearer criteria,” NMG CEO Michael Rolik said.

“We’ve ensured that it’s easy to understand how to take part in the parade, and we can’t wait to see applications from a range of groups.

“Whether you’ve taken part for years or you’re interested in being involved for the first time, we hope you’ll get involved in making the 2011 Parade the most diverse, colourful and exciting we’ve had in years.”

info: The kit is available for download from www.mardigras.org.au/kit

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