Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Date: Saturday, 4th March 2017
Harmony Park (behind Surry Hills Police Station) at 4:30pm. Parade finishes around 10pm
FREE 2 LOVE : LOVE 2 B FREE - Dayenu's 2017 Mardi Gras Entry
This years theme is:
Free 2 Love : Love 2 B Free
The pink triangle emerged from the dark times of Nazi persecution of gays. Gay Jews had to wear a pink triangle over a gold triangle to create the Jewish star. This year, Dayenu reclaims the power of these colours to represent Pink for Love and Gold for Freedom.
Our message goes out to the GLBTI community to promote diversity and religious tolerance. There are many disenfranchised GLBTI Jews, who have either walked away or been shunned by their religious communities. Dayenu provide a bridge as well as a source of comfort for them. While Queer folk have suffered so badly from mainstream religious ideologies, many GLBTI people find comfort and community from their engagement with religion. We honour and celebrate those Jewish congregations who have created a sense of welcome for GLBTI Jews - particularly Emanuel Synagogue in Woollahra, who host our regular Mardi Gras Shabbat service and dinner.
Our message also goes out to the broader Jewish community, where there is still much work to be done in challenging conservative, patriarchial, hurtful and damaging laws and attitudes which continue to pervade many aspects of Jewish life - from interpretations of the bible to the limiting affects of gender binary role modelling.
FREE 2 LOVE
In 2017 we look forward to Marriage Equality becoming a reality so that Progressive & Masorti GLBTI Jews can stand under the chuppah (wedding canopy) and be married with full rabbinic endorsement. We also hope to expand the conversation to include the more conservative Jewish communities, who continue to oppress GLBTI folk.
LOVE 2 B FREE
We look forward to expanding the conversation around gender diversity, so that more people can feel more free to explore the edges of their identity - breaking out of the restrictions of cultural bias and conservative values. Our presence is a gift to the gay and straight worlds to invite more conversation, expand the horizons of tolerance, acceptance and understanding and having more fun in the year ahead.
Reserve your place in Dayenu's float entry before the quota is filled.
Earlybird (until Sun 21 Feb): $30
From Mon 22 Feb: $35
Youth Group Supporters: $25
Please wear either:
PINK representing LOVE or
GOLD representing FREEDOM.
“You can never have too much glitter”
Routine: We plan to upload a video on YouTube showing the simple choreography for the float.
How to RSVP your place in the float:
The best method of payment is to make a deposit to Dayenu's bank account. When making a payment please ensure your name is in the description field so we can match payments to the correct person. When making the payment, please email to Dudu Gotlib at firstname.lastname@example.org a screenshot of the payment as proof. This is to avoid the assumption that no payment has been made.
When emailing your RSVP to Dudu, please include:
- Mobile number(s);
- Email address(es); and
- payment status (screenshot).
Bank: Commonwealth Bank
Account Name: Dayenu
BSB: 062 000
Account number: 10800227
Further details will be sent to the registered marchers closer to the date of the parade.
1) Driver for 3 ton truck - Must be over 25 with current licence (no special requirement)
2) Two Marshalls to attend a meeting in Feb and take up role on the night
3) Volunteers to help make and decorate hearts and Magen Daveds for Float.