Steph Sands and Michael Woodhouse were announced as New Mardi Gras co-chairs on Tuesday to lead the organisation into 2004.

This will be Woodhouse’s second year in the co-chair position.

We have a lot of challenges in front of us -“ building on the success of this year’s season and ensuring a successful second year for the New Mardi Gras organisation, he said.

Sands, who sat on the previous New Mardi Gras board, was also focused on the future.

It’s an honour to be elected to co-chair, to work with such a great team to help build a sustainable community-based organisation and plan for another exciting Mardi Gras season, she said.

Sands said that she was really proud of the way the community had come together to produce the 2003 season and noted that continued support is evident in the growing number of members, which has swollen in the last two months to almost 1,700.

New Mardi Gras will shortly be relocating to Petersham. Woodhouse said that new premises were big enough to serve as a workshop for members of the community leading up to the parade and a perfect space to build floats.

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