Major Sponsor Announcement!!

CSU throws support behind Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras

Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras will announce today Charles Sturt University (CSU) has signed on as major sponsor of the inaugural parade in March.

Event organiser Holly Conroy of HC Events said the significant sponsorship represents a significant boost for the event and important recognition of the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people.

“We’re so excited to have Charles Sturt University on board. This support will go a long way in ensuring a fantastic party the whole community can enjoy. The Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras is all about raising the visibility of LGBTIQ people in the Riverina and providing an opportunity to express their creativity and celebrate their identity. It’s also about the community coming together to celebrate the diversity, tolerance and acceptance of this region.”

CSU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Vann said support for Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras was an easy decision.

“One of CSU's core values is Inclusive. We believe we are stronger together – we welcome and support students and staff from all backgrounds, valuing the diversity each individual brings.

“We’re thrilled to be able to support the first ever Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras. It will be a fantastic event for the region. We hope the entire community can come out to show its support in March and I know our students and staff are looking forward to the celebration.”

Holly says things are shaping up well with a fun line-up of activities and entertainment locked in, and parade registrations going strong.

“We have an amazing DJ to take us through the night, there’ll be Disney characters and games for the kids, Jo Cochrane will bring her poetry slam and Borambola Wines is taking care of drinks and everyone’s favourite food vendors and an after-party at the Union Hotel.

“So far, we have over 600 people including 21 organisations  registered from across the Riverina, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. We’re expecting to see some spectacular floats and costumes, and if anyone is interested in getting their glitter on but not yet registered, it’s not too late. Discounted registration will be on offer until applications close at the end of the month.

“It’s going to be so much fun and definitely one celebration you don’t want to miss!”


Media note: Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras will be held on Saturday 9 March, starting with a parade down Baylis Street from 5pm followed by a free all-ages party at the Victory Memorial Gardens. To register for the parade, volunteer or enquire about sponsorship, visit:

For all media enquiries contact Holly Conroy on 0406 121 095.

Cristy Houghton