Believe It! Cher Headlining Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras 2018

"Where am I going in March!?"

At 71, Cher is showing no signs of slowing down: The Grammy-winning diva teased her appearance at the upcoming 40th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in March, one of the biggest LGBT events in the world.

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“Where am I going in March!?” the “Turn Back Time” singer tweeted coyly this week.

Last week, the Australian Radio Network appeared leak news that she was “officially coming to town” for the huge event on March 3, which sees 12,000 participants stream through Oxford Street before hundreds of thousands of spectators.

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The story was retracted but it was too late to stop Down Under fans from freaking out. Organizers of the event have refused to confirm her appearance, though they admit she’s being courted. “No announcement has been made” said co-chair Brandon Bear, “Part of the excitement of the party is waiting to find out who the headliner will be.”

Previous Mardi Gras headliners include Kylie Minogue, RuPaul. George Michael, Olivia Newton John, and Courtney Act.

Similar to New York City’s Pride March, Mardi Gras began as a political protest in 1978, when when hundreds marched down Oxford Street to protest Australia’s criminalization of homosexuality. After a clash with police led to 53 protesters being arrested, the local paper published a list of their names, outing them to their families and friends and causing many to lose their jobs.

In the 1980s opponents of LGBT rights used the AIDS epidemic to try to shut the parade down. By the 1990s, Mardi Gras went more mainstream—today, it features dozens of events including lectures, screenings, concerts, and a family day.

In 2013, Cher was the headline performer at New York City Pride’s famed Dance on the Pier.
 

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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