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40th Mardi Gras makes the Party a box office record


This year, the Mardi Gras Party with its 15,000+ revellers smashed box office records.  

Playbill Venues Business Development Manager Greg Pullen said the numbers reflected the biggest crowd since 2012 and the greatest box office in the history of the event. 

“There was a real sense of celebrating all that’s been achieved by the LGBTQI community in the last 40 years.

“Pop superstar and LGBTQI icon Cher took to the stage at the Royal Hall of Industries, following in the footsteps of some tremendous international acts over the years. 

“International and local DJ talent, drag queens and trans show girls entertained the crowd. The partygoers danced, sang and cheered until 8 am the next morning.

The Mardi Gras Party is Australia's biggest LGBTQI Party and it takes more than six months of planning and preparation to pull it off. Playbill Venues has successfully run this large-scale event since 1999. 

This year, the Party’s footprint included the Royal Hall of Industries, the Hordern and various Entertainment Quarter venues and spaces. 

“Technically, the Party is huge with extensive lighting, audio, screens and lasers in use across multiple venues.  A typical Hordern Pavilion concert might require 15 rigging points but there were more than 100 needed for Mardi Gras across the Hordern and the RHI.

“At the RHI and Hordern, it took six days to set up and two days to clean up. We’re on site from early Saturday afternoon to mid-morning on Sunday and are ready to quickly attend to any issues or last-minute requests. 

“This is our largest, most complex event and our staff act as the liaison between a significant number of stakeholders including the client, their event company, medical, security, production, food and beverage providers, police and other venues to name but a few.

“No matter how well we prepare, there are always last-minute requests and changes to plans which require decisive action. Our extremely experienced staff is adept at problem-solving on the fly – a quality that is invaluable at an event such as the Mardi Gras Party. 

“We all want to make sure it’s the greatest party of the year,” Greg said. 

For further information about the Mardi Gras and Party, visit http://www.mardigras.org.au 

 

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