A high profile procession of stars and community leaders will this year replace a single chief of parade at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Openly gay Hollywood star Lily Tomlin, world-renowned gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and Bobby Goldsmith Foundation CEO Bev Lange will be among the eight parade ‘heroes’ who’ll be accompanied by a raft of the parade’s very own costume-clad superheroes.

“In asking them to lead the parade, we are paying tribute to these outstanding individuals,” New Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik said.

“They represent just some of the many people who have bravely taken a stand, and in doing so, have fought for the rights of GLBTQ people. They have changed our lives through their courage and fabulousness.”

Other leaders in the procession include Don Baxter, who has spent years tirelessly working in the field of HIV/AIDS; Lex Watson and Sue Wills, who were Campaign Against Moral Persecution’s (CAMP) first co-presidents; and Hannah Williams and Savannah Supski, who protested against the ban against same-sex couples at Hannah’s Melbourne school formal.

The 2011 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is on Saturday, March 5.

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