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Gay’day! World’s first Gay Race Day in Australia

Royal Randwick racecourse is expected to attract thousands of racegoers when it hosts the first Gay and Lesbian race day to be held in the world.
02 February 2010
The world first will be held on 26 February, the eve of Sydney’s Mardi Gras Parade, and will be in aid of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, Australia’s longest-running HIV charity.

The race day ambassador is Australia’s own queen of racing, Gai Waterhouse, and highlights of the day include the Fashions on the Field competition including Best Dressed Male, Best Dressed Female and Best Costume categories.

The gay event and exuberant street celebration, the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, will be on the following night.

There's no city in the world that comes out to cheer on its gay pride event quite like Sydney, and on Mardi Gras night hundreds of thousands line the streets of Sydney to watch the colour, spectacle and outrageousness of the Parade.

This year's Parade takes place on 27 February, starting at approximately 7.45pm although it is advisable to get there much earlier.

To visit Australia for the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras or for any other Australian event all visitors (unless they have an Australian or New Zealand passport) need to have an Australian Travel Visa.

The most popular of these is the ETA Visa which allows the holder to enter Australia for tourism purposes for up to three months. The ETA Visa is also easy to apply for online, and once approved is electronically attached to your passport.