• Your hosts for the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will be (L - R) Patrick Abboud, Joel Creasey, Magda Szubanski and Urzila Carlson. (SBS)
Your hosts for 2018's historic 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will be...
By
Chloe Sargeant

8 Feb 2018 - 10:30 AM  UPDATED 8 Feb 2018 - 10:48 AM

It's that time of year again!

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is quickly approaching us, and everything is spick, span, meticulously organised, done and dusted. 

The floats are finalised, the dances choreographed, the costumes are cut, stitched and looking fabulous, and the glitter cannons are ready to fire. What else? Hmmm.... 

OH OF COURSE, we need to tell you who your hosts are!

So, ladies, gentlemen, non-binary people and persons of all wondrously varied gender identities, your hosts for the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras are:

Magda Szubanski

As one of Australia's all-time favourite actresses, Magda Szubanski made a big impact as one of the leader campaigners in the fight for same-sex marriage. 

“Mardi Gras is a spectacular celebration of equality, pride and self-expression that promotes a broader message of diversity and acceptance," says Magda. "I’m so proud to be hosting for SBS again in 2018 – after a year of monumental change in Australia. Bring on the glitter cannons!”

Joel Creasey

Joel Creasey is one of Australia's most adored comedians and presenters, selling out tours and making appearances on an enormous amount of panels and shows across Australia. 

“I’m so thrilled to be hosting the broadcast of the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras," Creasey says. "As a gay man, (you're shocked, I know) Mardi Gras is a chance for all members of our community and beyond to come together and celebrate all things LGBTIQ+ and all things fabulous. I am particularly stoked to be working alongside Magda, Urzila and Patrick - a dream team if I've ever seen one! Strap up, strap on and strap in, Australia!”

Patrick Abboud

SBS The Feed's very own Patrick Abboud is joining the Mardi Gras hosting team once again. 

“This year, more than ever before, it’s so important that we are celebrating those unsung heroes that have fought the good fight for equality over the past four decades," says Abboud. "I’m looking forward to taking you on a walk down memory lane during the broadcast with a special series of stories I’m working on. Happy 40th birthday queer family!”

Urzila Carlson

South African-born comedian Urzila Carlson has become a staple on television sets in Australia.

She says, "I’m so excited for 2018 and for our community. Not only do we have marriage equality but it’s also the 40th birthday for Mardi Gras. My leather is polished, my tassels are fluffed - who knows I might even wear heels! (Just kidding no heels). Get your fab on Sydney!”

The 40th Annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will air on Sunday, March 4 at 8:30pm on SBS.