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  • Parade Goers dance during the 2016 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on March 5, 2016 in Sydney, Australia (Getty Images AsiaPac)Source: Getty Images AsiaPac
SBS - the official broadcaster of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras - has joined forces with Australia's only gay and lesbian radio station, JOY 94.9 to bring you a fabulous Mardi Gras - all weekend long!
SBS Radio

1 Mar 2017 - 3:57 PM  UPDATED 3 Mar 2017 - 3:01 PM

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the world’s largest, most high profile and much-loved LGBTQI celebrations, providing an opportunity to commemorate a universal message of diversity, equal rights, pride and inclusion. Born from a single night of political protest in 1978, the street parade is the spectacular sequinned centrepiece that brings a three-week long calendar of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festivities and events to a close.

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 a live broadcast of the parade, which is also available worldwide at






- DIGITAL TV - details HERE


- With the LIVE VIDEO STREAM of the parade - showing HERE




- Fri 2100 – Sat 0700 Mardi Gras music mix   (Turn the Beat Around and GAYDIO)

Including a live set by JOY’s resident DJ Dylan Adler, aka Dylicious from the newly renovated Flinders Hotel at Mardi Gras central in Sydney.

- Sat 0700 – Sat 0900  Mardi Gras Breakfast

Start parade day with a BANG with lots of laughs on the Mardi Gras Breakfast Show presented by Anastasia and Warren in Melbourne.

- Sat 0900 – Sat 1200  Saturday Magazine  

JOY's flagship news and current affairs show, Saturday Magazine, will be broadcasting a live three-hour special from SBS’s studios in Sydney. The team will be talking all things Mardi Gras, as well as using the opportunity to chat to politicians, community leaders and allies about the importance of the festival and of community.

- Sat 1200 – Sat 1300 Word for Word

JOY 94.9’s premier long-form interview program presented by Dean Beck, featuring Australia’s best interviews from a Queer perspective.

- Sat 1300 – Sat 1600 Let's get the party started  

Adam Richard and Michael Pohl will step up to the plate to pump up the jam and get the Mardi Gras tunes and trivia crankin’.

- 1600 – 1900  Pre, Pre-Show

Gina, Bec and David from JOY FM's show Family Matters will cross over to the Parade marshalling area to pin down all the stars of Mardi Gras before the parade kicks off at 7pm.

- Sat 1900 – 2300 THE PARADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Join stars of radio and stage Michael Dalton and Dean Arcuri as they fill you in on all the action as it happens. They will be joined by the street team – comedian Kirsty Webeck, media personality Dylicious and special guest Mitchell Coombs – who will be reporting on the marchers as they parade on by. The broadcast will go through till 11pm AEDST across Australia and the world, and not a stone will be left unturned! Watch the live stream online to hear their commentary and watch all the action at the same time.

- Sat 2300 – Sun 0700 Mardi Gras overnight Music mix

Non-stop hits to keep you dancing through til dawn. 

- Sun 0700 – 0900 - True Colours

The team from World Wide Wave, with the assistance of JOY colleagues, will present a bilingual and multicultural queer special. You’ll wake up to hear amazing and brave people telling their coming-out stories in their native language, mixed in with music from the global LGBTIQ community. 

- Sun 0900 – 1000 - Queer Indigenous Spotlight

Join the Urban Dreaming team as they present a queer Indigenous special, including prominent Indigenous figures Zaachariaha Fielding and Tim Bishop talking about their coming-out journeys.

- Sun 1000 – 1200 - Sunday Brunch

No party is complete without a rockin’ after-party! Live from Sydney for a post-Parade brunch from 10am to 12pm, join the only two JOYsters who will be awake on Sunday morning, Chris and Tennille, as they reflect on the night that was and curse their lack of sleep.

- Sun 1200 – 1600 - Pop Chops

Join the Popchops boys Dan and Andy as they spend the afternoon counting down their top 50 songs by LGBTIQA+ artists.

- Mardi Gras Highlights package – 1600 – 1800  

All good things must come to an end, but not before Warren looks back on the weekend that was in a highlights show to top all highlights shows, featuring the good, the bad and the ugly of our coverage as we hang on to the last remaining moments of the party.

(All times indicated are AEDST) 

Find out more:
Here's how you can tune in to watch Mardi Gras this year
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