Mardi Gras Fair Day

Things to do, Fairs and festivals
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Mardi Gras Fair Day
Photograph: Ann-Marie Calihanna

Warm up for the sparkly revelry of the parade, with the annual festival kick-off in the park

Spreading its wings in new venue Camperdown Memorial Rest Park this year, Fair Day is easing you into Mardi Gras season with a sprawling mix of party, picnic and sartorial pooches.

Featuring all the classic food stalls and LGBTQI community information booths, the park will also play host to a line-up of performances, fashion smack-downs and interactive art activities. There’s also the much-revered Doggywood to behold, with the ‘Game of Bones’ dog pageant, pitting costumed pups and owners against each other for entertainment and prizes. Mainly entertainment.

Though technically free, Fair Day raises important funds for the longevity of the Mardi Gras festival so be sure to spare some coin to enter. While you’re at it, grab a chat with one of the 78’er group, the original protestors that marched in the first ever parade and gave the rainbow its present-day backbone. 

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