How to get your Mardi Gras float sponsored by Google

Mardi Gras Parade

Tech giant Google has teamed up with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to offer grants to community and not-for-profit groups for their floats in this year’s parade.

The SGLMG Community Parade Grants Program helps to support a diverse range of community ideas, and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras announced this week the program is now accepting applications for grants to individuals, community groups and not-for-profits to help lift their parade entries to a completely new artistic level.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Google, who this year are increasing their support by helping community organisations to profile their message in the Mardi Gras Parade,” Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu said.

“The SGLMG Community Parade Grants Program has now grown through this support and will make Mardi Gras bigger and better than ever.”

Last year’s parade featured more than 170 floats and more than 10,000 participants. And they’re preparing to do it all again next month, with the parade taking over Sydney’s Oxford and Flinders streets on March 4.

Renee LaBriola leads Google Australia’s Gayglers group of LGBTQI employees and supporters and said they were excited and proud to again partner with Sydney Mardi Gras.

“We want to assist as many people as possible to get involved with Mardi Gras, so this year we’re putting our resources towards helping community organizations create their own memorable parade experiences,” she said.

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will be awarded to the most compelling applicants who demonstrate a clear message, relevance to the LGBTQI community and a high level of artistic merit.

Applications for the grants close at 5pm on Sunday 12 February and can be downloaded from the website here.

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