• A girl carries a colorful flag as she takes part in the fourth Viet Pride parade at a street in Hanoi, Vietnam, 02 August 2015. (LUONG THAI LINH/EPA/AAP)Source: LUONG THAI LINH/EPA/AAP
The Australian Embassy is hoping to bring the spirit of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to Vietnam.
Michaela Morgan

28 Feb 2017 - 10:55 AM  UPDATED 28 Feb 2017 - 10:55 AM

Hanoi will hold its first ever Mardi Gras celebrations with support from the Australian Embassy.

A series of events celebrating the LGBT+ community will take place throughout February and March, including exhibitions, fashion shows and musical performances from Vietnamese and Australian artists.

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“Promoting gender equality is a top priority for both the Vietnamese and Australian Governments and we are proud to support Vietnam’s efforts, including through our development cooperation program here,” said HE Mr Craig Chittick, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam.

“Through this event, we hope to bring the spirit of Sydney’s famous Mardi Gras to Vietnam, helping to raise awareness about the rights of LGBT people.”

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While it will be Hanoi’s first Mardi Gras, the city holds an annual Viet Pride festival, a celebration of the country's gay community that was first launched in 2012.

The three-day festival advocates for an end to prejudice against the LGBT+ community in Vietnam.