The Wiggles are performing at the Mardi Gras Parade

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Images: Anna Kucera/SGLMG, The Wiggles (inset)

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has confirmed the Wiggles will be performing at this year’s Parade.

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

And on March 5, the Parade will again return as a ticketed event at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) due to Covid.

Mardi Gras announced on Sunday that The Wiggles will be giving a performance at the Parade.

“We’re so excited to announce that we’ll be performing at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras,” the children’s entertainers said.

“We embrace and celebrate diversity in all its forms and look forward to performing for all the beautiful rainbow families across Australia.

“This year’s Mardi Gras theme is United We Shine, which means we all shine brighter when we stand together.

“If you’re not in Sydney on the day, then you can join in by watching on TV, because we’re all Fruit Salads so let’s celebrate love and equality together.”

The Wiggles joined Rainbow Families at Mardi Gras 2021

Last year, original Purple Wiggle Jeff Fatt joined Wags the Dog, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword in the Mardi Gras Parade.

The group joined the Rainbow Families group’s float in the event, which was also inside the SCG last year.

Darren Hayes and Vanessa Amorosi headlining Mardi Gras

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has confirmed the entertainment lineup at this year’s Mardi Gras Parade on March 5.

Last month, Darren Hayes announced he was coming back to Australia to headline the event for his first live performance here in over a decade.

He unveiled the new track Let’s Try Being in Love, and the very cinematic video co-starring out actor Scott Evans, Marvel star Chris Evans’ brother.

The former Savage Garden singer’s performance will celebrate his 20th year as a solo recording artist, as well the 25th anniversary of the band’s acclaimed debut, self-titled album.

And joining Hayes is Australian pop icon Vanessa Amorosi, who’ll give a special performance at the Parade.

Other musical guests confirmed for the big event include ARIA-nominated singer songwriter Mo’Ju, announced in December, as well as Timothy Springs and Prinnie Stevens.

ABC broadcasting Mardi Gras for the first time in years

Next month, the ABC will also screen the Parade for the first time in decades.

Hamish Macdonald is heading the lineup of hosts for the ABC’s live telecast alongside Mon Schafter and comedian Steven Oliver.

Performers Courtney Act, Casey Donovan and ABC News presenter Jeremy Fernandez will work the parade route inside the SCG.

Mardi Gras recently 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 on again this year too.

The festival has released the full program of events online, running from February 18 to March 6.

CEO Albert Kruger said Sydney’s queer artistic communities are “uniting in 2022 to present an electrifying line-up of events for the Festival this year.”

“We have a truly incredible range of new events, from theatrical discoveries, community celebrations, to insightful talks and exhibitions.

“And of course, we have the return of much-loved Mardi Gras favourites such as Fair Day which was greatly missed in 2021.”

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