Kylie Minogue coming home for Mardi Gras
Kylie Minogue will be honoured with the largest float in Mardi Gras history when she returns to Oxford Street for this year’s parade.
KYLIE MINOGUE will be honoured with the largest float in Mardi Gras history when she returns to Oxford Street for this year’s parade.
After 14 years the pop singer has announced she is coming home for the Sydney Mardi Gras on 3 March, and organisers are pulling out all the stops.
“I think people will be packing their bags from around the country and the world,” CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Michael Rolik told AAP.
“It’s the biggest float we’ve ever produced.”
The Aussie ‘Pop Princess’ Minogue, who is celebrating her 25th anniversary in the music industry this year, has had a longstanding relationship with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras but hasn’t appeared at the event since 1998.
“I am coming home for Mardi Gras this year!” Minogue said in a statement on Thursday.
“I simply cannot wait, and it’s going to be a beautiful way to celebrate 25 years of this relationship.”
Minogue’s parade float will have a ‘K25′ theme to celebrate Minogue’s 25-year landmark, but any other details are being kept a secret.
“It’s still very much under wraps. We’re going to keep very tight-lipped,” Rolik said.
“It’s a surprise for Kylie.”
Minogue began her career as a teenage actress on Australian television soap Neighbours, before moving into the music industry and releasing her debut single Locomotion in 1987.
She has often publicly commented on the loyalty of her gay fans.
“Your support over the years has just been phenomenal and I can’t wait to come home and share that with you. So see you in March,” she said.
Rolik said Minogue appeals to the gay and lesbian community for many reasons, one being her “fun and uplifting” music.
“She’s uniquely Australian and so are we (Mardi Gras),” he said.
But it’s not just her upbeat music, Rolik says, that makes her a perfect addition to the Mardi Gras Parade – she also shares the festival’s ideology.
“Kylie’s spoken out about marriage equality and equal love,” he said.
“We absolutely love her and we’re really thrilled she’s coming back.”
Minogue took to Twitter to comment on the announcement. “Fourteen years since my last Mardi Gras! Can’t wait to see you there in March,” she tweeted with the hash tag #bringonthelove.
The Sydney Mardi Gras aims to raise visibility of Sydney’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community.
NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris welcomed Minogue’s involvement in the event, saying she holds a special place in the hearts of Australians.
“The presence of Kylie Minogue is sure to make this the biggest and best Sydney Mardi Gras ever,” he said in a statement. – AAP
The Sydney Mardi Gras is on Saturday, 3 March.