TV personality Faustina Agolley will be the new face of the broadcast team for the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

The former Video Hits host will join Patrick Abboud, Magda Szubanski and Tom Ballard for SBS’ annual parade highlights show to air on Sunday March 6. The parade will also be streamed live online for the first time.

Agolley, who publicly came out last year, will also be attending Mardi Gras for the first time.

“I’m thrilled to be part of SBS’s coverage of this year’s Mardi Gras,” she said in a statement.

“It’ll be my first time attending and co-hosting this world-renowned event. I can’t wait to be there and celebrate inclusion for all.”

The TV broadcast will include the best of the spectacular floats and costumes in the parade with commentary from the four hosts live on the streets, as well as interviews with celebrity guests.

The coverage will also include stories from parade participants exploring the messages behind the floats, covering issues of sexuality, equality and discrimination that affect Australia’s LGBTI community.

Meanwhile, SBS Radio 3 will join forces with LGBTI community radio station JOY 94.9 for a Mardi Gras weekend simulcast on digital radio around Australia — including live coverage of the Mardi Gras parade.

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