University Of Sydney Joins Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade2016 welcomes the University of Sydney’s float for the Mardi Gras Parade.

This year will be the first time that the University of Sydney participates in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade with its own float.

The float was originally proposed by students and staff at the University’s Ally Network, a body which supports LGBTIQ students and staff. The float is constructed from rainbow-coloured organza in the shape of the iconic Quadrangle.

Andrea Zephyr, a second year arts/social work student and member of the Ally Network’s steering committee said, “I’m just floored at the level of commitment that people have towards these issues. The University has committed not only to solving the problems that students are facing and removing these barriers, but also to being very open and proud about what we’re doing.”

All 75 parade walker positions have been filled by student and staff. The University Secretariat, Mark Smith, will perform atop the float as the University’s LGBTIQ community ambassador.

University of Sydney parade participants will march under the banner ‘Camp-Us’ on Saturday 5 March.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr. Michael Spence said, “Our first-ever Mardi Gras float is an important symbolic gesture showing the world that we celebrate the rich diversity of our university community. From the beginning, the University’s founding principles were guided by a vision of inclusion.” He added, “I think the float will drive home the importance of creating a welcoming environment for all students and staff irrespective of background, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

He added that this float is a “wonderful opportunity to showcase our talented and vibrant students and staff.”