You may have heard about Mardi Gras’ new fundraising event, the Big Gay Weekend, to be held on the October long weekend, September 30 – October 3.

The weekend kicks off with an initiative aimed at reclaiming Oxford St — the Big Gay Friday wristband event across all your favourite venues on the strip. Buy a wristband for $10, of which $5 is a donation to New Mardi Gras. Participating venues include the Colombian, the Midnight Shift, Stonewall, Bitch Boutique @ Ruby Rabbit, Nevermind, Arq and Polo lounge @ the Oxford.

The rest of the weekend is all about the parties and events presented by Sydney’s best promoters, who have kindly agreed to give a percentage of their ticket sales to the Mardi Gras Parade fund.

The SGLBA is promoting business lunches and after work catch-ups on Friday, September 30.  Why not get a group of people together for a long lunch or some after work bevvies?  This is the perfect time to invite your team, colleagues or work social group out for a stint on the strip. Participating restaurants will be listed at www.biggayweekend.com.au

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