New Mardi Gras will officially join Pride Week for the first time, with the 25th anniversary of the first Mardi Gras Parade falling during the week of events planned for the middle of this year.

Pride Week director Lou-Anne Lind announced that this year’s committee also included other first-timers Queer Screen and the Sydney Gay And Lesbian Business Association.

Pride Week is very much a partnership-oriented project, Lind said.

Getting this number of community organisations to come together over an event is no small task and we are thrilled at the response this event is receiving.

New Mardi Gras co-chair Michael Woodhouse told Sydney Star Observer he was really pleased to be involved with the 30th anniversary of Pride Week, in the 25th year of Mardi Gras.

I think this is part of Mardi Gras being a part of the gay and lesbian community and working with as many organisations as possible, Woodhouse said.

New Mardi Gras would be providing volunteer support during the week, as well as planning an event with the Australian Centre for Lesbian and Gay Research. A joint fundraiser with Pride is also being planned.

The program of events is yet to be finalised, although Lind announced ACON’s Orgy of Drag night would return, as well as the Queer Screen Trivia Night and the Sydney Star Observer Pride Awards Night. The theme for 2003 Pride Week is Celebrate.

The deadline for expressions of interest has been extended to Monday 5 May, and they can be made at the Pride Centre’s website, www.pridecentre.com.au.

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