WHAT'S HAPPENING AT MARGI GRAS
This Saturday is Margi Gras proudly sponsored by The River Hotel is a free inclusive event that celebrates equality for everyone. The entertainment includes music, dancing, drag queens, cool cars and Margaret River’s first public legally-binding same sex wedding.
Saturday 10 February 2018, 5pm – 8pm
Margaret River Cultural Centre Lawns, 51 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River
Margi Gras After Party at The River Hotel held 8pmuntil late. Tickets selling fast, $25 + bf
Here’s a run down of what’s happening:
Mr Gay Pride Australia Jordan Bruno is Margi Gras’ MC. Jordan is known for being a LGBTI activist and ambassador and finishing as a semi-finalist on MKR 2016.
Perth Drag Queens will put on a glittering show for the first time in Margaret River and will only be performing for Margi Gras.
For the kids there’ll be unicorn rides (YES UNICORNS!), a super fun bouncy castle and Kaptain Quirk who’ll amaze and delight as he creates giant rainbow bubbles while walking on stilts.
For the bigger kids, we’ve got live music from the Margaret River Big Band, belly dancers from Belly Vision and a surprise guest performance singing some classic numbers from one of the world’s biggest stars.
And there’s a wedding! You can witness Margaret River’s first public same-sex wedding when Rebecca Hannan marries her long-term partner Sunny Michelle Hannan. The wedding is set to take place between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.Singles might want to stick around to catch the bouquet.
Stay to the end to send off the newly weds with warm Margaret River well wishes.
Don’t forget the After Party at The River Hotel – this is when the Perth Drag Queens will really sparkle, after dark. The dazzling over 18s show at the Margi Gras After Party at The River Hotel will feature hilarious songs, dance and comedy; tickets just $25 and on sale now here. Be quick before they sell out!
Arriving in style
Rev heads rejoice! The bridal party will be arriving in style. Be sure to keep your eyes out for the Margi Gras motorcade along Bussell Highway approximately 5.30pm featuring a 1939 Buick, a black 1950 Mark V Jaguar called ‘Boadicea’, a 1955 Mustang, a pink 1960 Thunderbird, a red 1966 Thunderbird convertible (same model as Thelma and Louise drove), a grey and white 1964 Chevrolet Belair and a red 1967 Buick Wildcat Sting.
Limited edition t-shirts will be sold at Margi Gras for $25 and there’s only a small quantity and we expect them to sell out. The sale of t-shirts will help raise much-needed funds to cover event costs. By wearing a Margi Gras t-shirt, you’re telling the world that you believe everyone is equal. Plus it’ll make you look super duper attractive and ten years younger*.
*Disclaimer: we say you'll look younger because you will look fabulous!
Eat for $5 and Drink Queer Beer and MargiGras-Ritas
The Willow Grill will prepare four scrumptious dishes – porcini arancini, lamb cutlets, pork belly and a quinoa pumpkin spinach salad, each dish presents fantastic value at just $5 with proceeds donated back to Margi Gras. Purchase food vouchers at the marquee selling t-shirts and food vouchers, cash preferred. Huge thanks to the Willow Grill for coming on board to support Margi Gras, for creating tasty dishes and for letting us sell them for just $5. You won’t find better value eats in Margs.
No BYO alcohol – there is a licensed area where you can buy Queer Beerlager and MargiGras-Rita cocktails. I’m not even kidding! Wine and other beer will also be available.
A sense of fun and togetherness and a picnic rug or low level chair if you’d like to sit for a bit. Kick back, relax and enjoy an evening of entertainment with everyone.
Wear something bright that screams Margi Gras if you’d like to add to the event’s colour! Outrageous attire is totally encouraged.
Messages of Love and Equality Wall & Creative Kids
Margi Gras has a dedicated wall (ok, it’s a fence, same-same) for you to write messages of love and equality. We plan on having a new wall every year. There’s also one for the kids.
Enter the Ultimate Margi Gras prize draw to win vouchers at some of the best eateries in town – The River Hotel, Morries, The Common, White Elephant Beach Café and La Scarpetta as well as bottles of bubbles, Watershed wines and fabulous Margi Gras accessories valued over $800 and second prize valued at $250 – enter by subscribing to our newsletter or look out for volunteers taking entries at the event for your chance to win.