Stan will reveal its RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under queens on a float at this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade -but there’s no word if RuPaul is appearing.
Filming for the regional reality series has been taking place in New Zealand with RuPaul and Michelle Visage.
Stan’s Chief Content Officer, Nick Forward said: “Mardi Gras celebrates and captures the imagination of Australians, with its colourful explosion of pride and self-expression. We look forward to our partnership with Mardi Gras and being part of parade night to launch our local queens and celebrate with everyone.”
Mardi Gras CEO, Albert Kruger: “Drag Race is so much more than dips, glamour and gags. Drag Race has been pioneering queer voices and providing a platform for queer stories in the mainstream for over 10 years. That sort of visibility goes so far in helping foster understanding and acceptance of LGBTQI+ people all over the world.
“We’re very excited to be helping announce the local queens at Mardi Gras, and showing the rest of the world the talent we have Down Under.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race celebrates the art of drag and encourages self-expression and self-love for everyone. The competitors represent the diverse backgrounds and different styles of drag in Australian and New Zealand. Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will challenge the queens to put on their own unique spin when serving outrageous fashions on the runway, competing in mini and maxi challenges, throwing shade and/or sharing heartfelt moments in the werkroom, and of course, doing whatever it takes to win the “lip-sync for your life” battles.
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras remains one of the world’s largest and most-loved LGBTQI+ celebrations – and on parade night, Stan will reveal all of this season’s queens and will celebrate with the community by participating with its very own Drag Race float.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade airs Live 7:30pm Saturday on SBS.