Hamish Macdonald is hosting the 2022 Mardi Gras telecast


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Hamish Macdonald is heading the lineup of hosts for the ABC’s live telecast of the 44th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras next month.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival officially begins this week, with events across New South Wales.

And on March 5, the Parade is back as a ticketed event at the Sydney Cricket Ground due to Covid-19.

Next month, the ABC will broadcast the Parade live for the first time in decades.

The national broadcaster was the first to ever televise the event, in 1994.

Hamish Macdonald will host, alongside Mon Schafter and comedian Steven Oliver.

And during the broadcast, performers Courtney Act, Casey Donovan and ABC News presenter Jeremy Fernandez will work the parade route inside the SCG.

Hamish Macdonald said he’s “thrilled and honoured” to take part in the Mardi Gras broadcast on the ABC.

“What better excuse for us all to get together and have a big ol’ party?” he said.

“It’s an event that brings the whole community together to celebrate, to laugh, and – hopefully, Covid notwithstanding – hug friends enthusiastically.

“I can’t wait to join Mon, Steven, Courtney, Casey and Jez to help share this event with the whole nation.”

On Saturday, March 5, the ABC is broadcasting and livestreaming the 2022 Mardi Gras Parade on TV, ABC’s iView and on radio.

Who’s headlining the 2022 Mardi Gras Parade?

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has unveiled the full program of events, running from February 18 to March 6.

For the Parade, Darren Hayes is coming home to headline with his first Australian live performance in over a decade.

And joining Hayes is Australian pop icon Vanessa Amorosi. The Wiggles will also perform at the Parade for all of our rainbow families.

Other musical guests confirmed include ARIA-nominated singer songwriter Mo’Ju, as well as Timothy Springs and Prinnie Stevens.

This year’s Mardi Gras theme, United We Shine, signifies that LGBTQIA+ communities shine brighter together, and by standing up against hate and inequality as a collective, the message of love and inclusion is heard louder.

Mardi Gras announced that due to Covid, the Party event was cancelled.

However the festival’s beloved Fair Day, Sissy Ball, the Mardi Gras Film Festival, Laneway, Koori Gras, Laugh Out Proud and more are back this year.

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