• Mardi Gras hosts Faustina Agolley, Tom Ballard, Magda Szubanski and Patrick Abboud. (SBS)
Faustina Agolley will join the broadcast of this year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on SBS.
8 Feb 2016 - 10:34 AM  UPDATED 8 Feb 2016 - 10:34 AM

TV personality Faustina Agolley will join the team of hosts for this year's broadcast of the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on SBS at 8.30pm, Sunday 6th March,

Comedians Magda Szubanski and Tom Ballard will also return alongside The Feed's Patrick Abboud.

"I’m thrilled to be part of SBS’s coverage of this year’s Mardi Gras. It'll be my first time attending and co-hosting this world-renowned event. I can’t wait to be there and celebrate inclusion for all," Agolley said.

Magda Szubanski said she's back to co-host to lend her support to the vibrant and historically important event.

"It is a wonderful, inclusive and creative celebration of this nation's sexual and cultural diversity. Values we can all be proud of. Gay, straight, and everything in between; all are welcome."

SBS will also stream the parade live online, worldwide at sbs.com.au/mardigras

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The TV broadcast will include the best of the spectacular floats and costumes in the parade with commentary from the hosts live on the streets, as well as interviews with celebrity guests. The coverage will also include stories from the parade participants exploring the messages behind the floats, covering issues of sexuality, equality and discrimination that affect the LGBTQI community.

SBS will also get in on the festivities with its very own float and SBS Radio 3 will join forces with Australia's only gay & lesbian radio station, JOY 94.9 for a Mardi Gras weekend simulcast on digital radio and digital television around Australia - including live coverage of the Mardi Gras parade.

Viewer tweets will be displayed on screen throughout the television and online broadcasts, using the official event hashtag #sydneymardigras.

The theme for the 38th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is ‘momentum’ – to stand up and be counted, to turn your passion into purpose and become unstoppable. 

The street parade is the spectacular sequinned centrepiece bringing to a close the three-week long calendar of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festivities and events. Hundreds of thousands of spectators from all over the world bring Sydney to a standstill as they party alongside the street parade. This year is set to be the biggest ever with more than 12,000 participants across 170 floats.

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