LGBTI community radio station JOY is joining forces with SBS Radio for a Mardi Gras weekend takeover, including a live broadcast of the 40th anniversary parade of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
The parade commentary team was announced today. It consists of the first out-and-proud winner of Big Brother Australia, Benjamin Norris; cabaret performer and executive producer of JOY’s nightly current affairs show The informer Dean Arcuri; and the hosts of Australia’s only lesbian drive radio show, Dano and Mason.
This team will cross to a street team throughout the parade: Melbourne comedy duo the Tag Team.
Benjamin Norris is “really pumped to be part of the commentary team for the 40th anniversary. It’s also the first Mardi Gras since marriage equality legislation passed, so I reckon the vibe will be amazing. I’m so proud to be able to relay that to the world… Knowing me and the rest of the team, expect to hear a fun, camp, Gogglebox style of commentary as we all just say what we are seeing and thinking. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Speaking about the partnership with JOY, SBS’s Manager of Audio & Language Content, Mark Cummins, said: “We are excited to be handing the mic over to JOY 94.9 for the Mardi Gras parade. It is a great addition to SBS’s suite of Mardi Gras programming, and will help us bring the parade to more people and across more platforms than ever before, as well as honouring our commitment to provide diverse and entertaining content to all Australians.”