2020 Colours of Our Community Float Experience
In 2020 the Colours of Our Community float appeared in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade by dividing all 80 participants into eight teams to match the eight colours of the original Rainbow Freedom flag designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker. Costumes in all eight colours were created with chrome metallic adhesive bonded to vinyl and leather gladiator costumes and each person was also provided with a queenly crown to match, with LED lights added to brighten each person and add an extra level of attention, as the float was placed second last in the parade marching order. It was an extremely long and exhausting day but we had the time of our lives, celebrating our history, diversity, equality and love. Our executive producer and creative director was Markham Lane. Our costume workshop manager was Miguel Lamedo. The float vehicle was driven my Robb and Dennis Wang - watch the video they compiled of the Colours Float in action during the 42nd annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Choreography provided by Paul Snooke. Dance rehearsals were conducted at Universal Club. With special thanks to The Lord Roberts Hotel as our parade day headquarters. Later that month, after Covid-19 lockdown, Colours of Our Community was awarded a Special Commendation by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.