Music icon Cher has said she’s ready to celebrate Mardi Gras’ 40th anniversary next month.
Less than three weeks ahead of her arrival in Australia, the legendary singer has filmed a video message to tell Australian fans she’s also thrilled with the result of Australia’s marriage equality postal survey.
“I know it’s been a big year, but we won. It’s time to celebrate!” the singer said in the video, posted to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ social media accounts overnight.
“I can’t believe I’m heading to Sydney for the 40th anniversary of the Gay and Lesbian Mard Gras. Forty years of love, passion and evolution.
“Sydney Mardi Gras is an icon and I can’t wait to be there to share the magic with you. See you in March.”
Last month it was finally confirmed – after more than a month of rumours – that Cher would be performing at the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ official party.
“Cher represents the same unapologetic and fearless freedom that makes the LGBTQI community so enduring and strong— positioning herself as a true gay icon,” Mardi Gras Teresa Casu said.
The 40th anniversary Sydney Mardi Gras parade will be held on Saturday, March 3.
Thousands are expected to attend the 2018 celebrations, which will mark the 40th anniversary of the 1978 protest march that would become the modern Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
This Sunday, organisers expect the Mardi Gras Fair Day to attract 70,000 revellers to Victoria Park in Camperdown.
Cher will also be featured in SBS’ official telecast of the parade, which will be broadcast on SBS on Sunday, March 4.