Mardi Gras Parade dancing float
Jeffrey Feng Photography

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras today announced ANZ as their inaugural Principal Partner 2014

Commenting on the new three-year partnership, Michael Rolik, CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras said: “We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with ANZ since 2007 and we’re thrilled to welcome them as our inaugural Principal Partner.

“Already one of Australia’s most iconic events, we look forward to working closely with the team at ANZ to further grow and develop Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as one of the world’s most recognised celebrations of diversity and inclusion,” Mr Rolik said.

Mark Hand, ANZ Managing Director Retail Distribution and member of the ANZ Diversity Council said: “Building a culture of respect and inclusion is important to our staff, our customers and the communities that we live and work in.

“Mardi Gras has become one of ANZ’s most important diversity initiatives and we’re pleased to continue our support of  Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Our participation as the inaugural Principal Partner is a further example of our efforts to support and celebrate diversity,” Mr Hand said.

The partnership will see ANZ further integrated into a wide range of iconic events and activities during the Mardi Gras season, including presenting partner of the Fair Day, VIP Parade Viewing Area and Mardi Gras Workshop.

ANZ will also once again have a major float in the Parade featuring more than 100 ANZ staff from across Australia.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is recognised worldwide as one of Australia’s most iconic events, attracting thousands of participants and spectators, and generating $30m for the NSW economy.