Olympic gold medallist diver Matthew Mitcham will lead the 2009 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade which has a pay per view screening on Main Event on Saturday, March 7, from 7.30pm AEDT.
The three hour extravaganza will be hosted by Charlotte Dawson and Alex Perry with commentator Julie McCrossin, who was a participant in the 1978 Oxford Street police protest which led to the event becoming an annual, and celebratory event. Comedienne Pam Ann and other guests will also appear.
The parade has previously screened on Foxtel, ABC and TEN, including years in between when it hasn’t aired on any network.
“Chief of Parade” Mitcham said: “It’s a real honour to be asked to lead the Parade. Mardi Gras has an illustrious history and I’m really proud to now be part of that. There is such a huge buzz in the city on Parade night and it really does bring the whole city together. I am really excited to be right in the middle of the action.”
Foxtel’s Brian Walsh said: “The Mardi Gras parade is a glittering and spectacular event which celebrates Australia’s diversity and unique lifestyle. I am delighted to be able to provide Foxtel and Austar subscribers with a front row seat to the country’s most famous street parade so they can watch it with the world.”
Screenings costs $24.95 and are available to Foxtel, Austar and Optus residential subscribers via www.mainevent.com.au