We are excited to announce that the Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition will have a float in the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras! We would like to invite our supporters to join us in the parade on the evening of Saturday 2 March.
Our float is intended to raise awareness of the plights of accused WikiLeaks whistleblower, Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and any style of clothing in rainbow colours. The more flamboyant the better, but whatever you’re comfortable in is best. Black and white Bradley Manning and Julian Assange masks on sticks will be provided. While walking up the parade route we will periodically hold these masks up to our faces, and to the left and right in unison.
“The Cuban Boys” have granted us rights to use their music, Datacrime (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=Rk8SeGx7v8M&feature=player_embedded) will be the soundtrack to the event and provide the cues for when we lift the masks. The black and white masks will be a great contrast to our colourful appearance.
The WikiLeaks Ute (https://twitter NULL.com/WikiLeaksUte) will be included in the parade, holding the sound system, lights, participants’ bags, etc.
We can be in the marshalling area at Hyde Park south from 4.30 but have to be there by 6.30pm for a 7.45pm start. Mardi Gras has check points of entry and you will have to be signed off a list to get your parade wrist band: no wrist band, no participation. Once in you can check out all the other floats in our section. We will be notified of the exact street our float is in nearer the time and will let participants know immediately.
The parade route takes an estimated 45 minutes and can be up to an hour, going from Hyde Park up Oxford St, along Flinders St and out to the Show Grounds. Once you’re on the parade route you cannot leave except for medical reasons, so make sure you bring some drinks and snacks. The marshalling area is an alcohol free zone but you can have drinks just outside if you wish.
We are asking participants for a fee of $25 (or $35.00 solidarity price) to cover costs and fund future SAWC events. To reserve a place and find out how to pay, email firstname.lastname@example.org (sawcparade null@null gmail NULL.com). Numbers are limited so places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Mardi Gras parade will be a great opportunity for all of us to spread the word about Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, so please pass this invitation on to likeminded friends.
If you have any queries about the SAWC float email email@example.com (sawcparade null@null gmail NULL.com).
For more information about Mardi Gras 2013 visit http://www.mardigras.org.au/event-category/parade/ (http://www NULL.mardigras NULL.org NULL.au/event-category/parade/).
We look forward to seeing you on the day for what will be a fun, awareness-raising action, showing the world that here in Sydney, we stand in solidarity with Bradley Manning and Julian Assange.