The 2008 Bobby Goldsmith Glamstand has been judged a massive success, selling out all 3,000 tickets.
The Glamstand Reserved seats and Glamour Bar tickets had both sold out two weeks prior to the parade, while the general admission tickets were snapped up within days of their release.
Manned by volunteers working for the charity, Glamstand patrons were treated to first class food and bar services, as well as the occasional tidbit of information on the passing floats.
MCs Vanessa Wagner and Peter Eyers were also on hand to provide witty commentary to the proceedings.
Sponsored by M.A.C Cosmetics, patrons were treated to free makeup touch-ups from a team of professional makeup artists armed with the skills to give even Miss Wagner a run for her money.
Added entertainment was provided care of ARIA award winning songstress Jade MacRae, singer Linda Hanses and a range of international DJs, including Scott Pullen and Wayne G.
The highlight of the evening, as for many a spectator on the evening, was the presence of the original 78ers who led the parade, many of whom were invited into the Glamstand to enjoy the rest of the parade.
“These courageous men and women embody the spirit of Mardi Gras,” BGF CEO Bev Lange said.
“They stood up for their rights but also had fun as they did so. We were really pleased to welcome many of them into the Glamstand to share this special evening with us.”
With all proceeds from the Glamstand going to men, women and children living in poverty with HIV/AIDS, the event was as much a success for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation as it was for the community.
For more information on the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation visit www.bgf.org.au.