Up to 70,000 people are expected to flock to Fair Day at Victoria Park this Sunday, February 21, to celebrate the launch of the Mardi Gras season.

It’s the biggest community event on the GLBT calendar and will see the return of the day’s many favourites plus several new additions.

“For many people, Fair Day continues to be the highlight of their season,” New Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik said.

“It’s our community day and an opportunity to stretch out on the grass, bump into friends, browse the stalls, and pick up and show our strength as a united community.”

The Gourmet Food Zone will be back as well as the revamped dog show, a chill-out bar area and a new garden area planted with DJs. There’ll also be full STI checks available.

The day will also give every festivalgoer a chance to sample the entertainment line-up scheduled throughout the period.

Performances on the day will include appearances by drag kings from A Night of Kings, the Margaritas, as well as excerpts from many festival shows including Glace Chase’s Last Night’s Beauty, Dean Arcuri’s To Sir With Glove, and off-Broadway musical Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story.

Fair Day will also see the return of the Sports Village with more than 24 sporting groups registering. The village will feature on-site demonstations and the annual Team Sydney tug-of-war.

The Fair Day after-party will be held at the Bank Hotel from 3pm.

info: Fair Day is on this Sunday, February 21, at Victoria Park, Camperdown, from 10am. For more on Fair Day, visit www.mardigras.org.au

Meet the SSO team
The Sydney Star Observer team will have a stall at Fair Day on Sunday — and we’d like to talk to you.

Daddy Dearest columnist John Meyer and Good Sports columnist Wally Salinger will be on the stall from 10.30-11.30am, followed by Leather Lovers columnist Anthony Lowe until 12.30pm.

SSO chairman Daniel Bone will be there for the hour from 12.30pm, followed by western Sydney columnist Beverly Buttercup at 1.30pm. Andrew M. Potts will be on hand to chat from 2.30-4.30pm and On The Queen’s Throne columnist Maxi Shield will do the last hour from 3.30pm.

If you’d like to chat to the editor, Scott Abrahams will be on the stall from noon-2pm.

And while you are there, get your picture taken for the SSO website. We’ll be taking photos all day and uploading them to our website every hour for you to download to your phone.

info: Download your picture on the day from www.starobserver.com.au/scene

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