Welcome to the Lifesavers with Pride 2019/20 season. The LWP Committee is looking forward to another great summer and a spectacular entry in this summer’s 2020 Sydney Mardi Gras parade. By joining Lifesavers with Pride, and this website, you are showing your support for our mission of creating a welcoming, inclusive and progressive lifesaving culture for the LGBTIQ community. Whilst this summer we have started to reach out to the whole country, this page is devoted solely to our highlight of the summer, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
This page is specifically for supporters who want to join us, but do not want to march in the routine. Our Parade entry has now filled so we are taking names for our waiting list. There is no guarantee that you will progress through, and the $10 deposit you pay will be refunded if you are not successful.
Note that the Mardi Gras parade this year will be on Saturday 29 February 2020. You must be able to attend this to register for participation.
Supporters will help on the parade route with roles such as carrying the SLSA flag, holding our LWP banner, handing out water to our marchers (they get very hot), being a media runner or a number of other roles. You are not required to come to any of the rehearsals, although you are welcome to should you chose.
Marchers will be required to attend at least four of the following rehearsals. These will be held in the Tamarama Surf Club on the following 2020 dates:
- Mon 10 Feb 7.00 - 9.00
- Wed 12 Feb 7.00 - 9.00
- Mon 17 Feb 7.00 - 9.00
- Wed 19 Feb 7.00 - 9.00
- Mon 24 Feb 7.00 - 9.00
- Wed 26 Feb 7.00 – 9.00
Plus we will have a final 2 hour pre-parade rehearsal at 3pm immediately prior to the parade on Sat 29 Feb that all entrants must attend. More details regarding the day itself will be provided closer, including our post parade venue.
You will need to wear this swimwear or a patrol uniform to the parade. Also you will need to provide your own all white footwear (and socks) to the parade. We recommend you supply your own red shorts if you don't have an SLSA pair and an SLSA yellow top if you are able to source one. We can provide spares if not. The parade is on, rain, hail or shine.
Terms and Conditions - In 2017/18 the LWP MG Parade rego process filled its full quota in 48 hours, and 2018/19 only took a bit longer because we had more places available. The LWP Committee now offer selected members preferential registration based on their contributions in previous years. This includes assisting with the committee, participating in other activities such as photo shoots, media events, Fair Day both local and regional, LWP Mardi Gras events, LWP out of season events, and any other directly related assistance. Once these offers have been taken up, the remaining spots will be put out to offer. Note these preferential offers will not be provided any discount in price, will not be excluded from the conditions below, and are only for a single registration. Hence, if you are keen to march in future years, be sure to help out this season by involving yourself in the LWP events and engaging with the committee to see where support can be provided.
Unfortunately in previous years LWP has had issues with people being drunk whilst marching in the parade with us, including last year. The committee reserves the right to refuse membership to anyone who did not comply with this in previous seasons.
In order to become a member of LWP for 2019/20, you must agree to the following conditions;
- I support the goals of LWP, which is to promote lifesaving within the LGBTIQ community, and to support our LGBTIQ members within the lifesaving community.
- I will be available from 3pm until the conclusion of the parade on Saturday 29 February 2020.
- I am aware that I will be representing Surf Life Saving Australia on the day of the parade and I will abide by the SLSA Code of Conduct, which includes a zero drug and alcohol policy.
- I am aware that should I appear inebriated, intoxicated, or under the influence of any drugs in any way I will be asked to leave, and will not be reimbursed.
- I accept that I will be photographed as part of the entry and may have my image used in Mardi Gras or LWP marketing.
- I am aware that all communications regarding the parade entry will be circulated through both the facebook group and the website blog, and that I am able to receive these communications.
You will be asked to confirm these terms and conditions, as well as other mandatory questions after you have purchased your tickets. Your booking will not be held if you do not complete the survey.
Get ready for a great night out!
Mardi Gras Fair Day, Sunday 16 February 2020 Victoria Park
While the Mardi Gras parade is a great opportunity to show to the community that Surf Life Saving is open and inclusive of our LGBTIQ community, Fair Day is similarly ideal to demonstrate to the LGBTIQ community that everyone is welcome down on the beaches in our surfclubs. We really want to send a message that SLSA is welcoming and progressive, so the more people the better. Fair Day will be on Sunday 16 February 2020 from 10am until 4pm, and we ask that everyone drops by with their uniforms and swimmers. It's a great day and we look forward to seeing you join us to spread the word.
Please join the waiting list here and we will get back in touch with you much closer to the event should any further spots become available:
Meet near the Tennis Courts at Sydney Boys High School corner of Cleveland Street and South Dowling Steet
Moore Park, NSW 2021
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