Natalie Bassingthwaighte unveils Johnnie Walker’s game-changing Mardi Gras Debutante Ball for LGBTQIA+ newbies

Calling all LGBTQIA+ Australians who are yet to dive into Sydney’s Mardi Gras – get ready for the Debutante Ball

Johnnie Walker, the iconic brand synonymous with celebration, is championing inclusivity and embracing fresh faces with a groundbreaking Debutante Ball tailored for those attending the festival for the first time.

Mark your calendars and prepare to step into the vibrant world of Kinsela’s in Darlinghurst, the legendary queer sanctuary, now set to be transformed into a dynamic stage for debutantes representing all walks (and rainbows) of life.

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Katie and Lilian Nicol-Ford

In a momentous occasion, Natalie Bassingthwaighte is slated to deliver an exclusive performance at the inaugural Mardi Gras Debutante Ball. This marks Natalie’s debut appearance at Mardi Gras since publicly coming out, making it a profound and significant moment in her journey.

This isn’t just any Debutante Ball – it’s a celebration of strength, resilience, and the LGBTQIA+ community’s diverse tapestry. The event aims to extend open arms and shower newcomers with glitter-covered confetti, transcending the boundaries of fancy footwork and fabulous frocks (although both are highly encouraged!).

Whether it’s hesitation, societal expectations, or waiting for the perfect moment, Johnnie Walker wants to ensure that everyone, regardless of their journey, has the chance to shine brightly during this iconic festival.

Mardi Gras first-timers, those navigating the rainbow road for the first time, are invited to share their stories. Here’s how you can be a part of this transformative experience in four easy steps:

  1. Head to Johhny Walker
  2. Share in 25 words or less why you would love to attend Mardi Gras in 2024 and what has kept you from attending before.
  3. Get ready to make your grand debut at the 2024 Sydney Mardi Gras.
  4. The winners will be announced next month!

Picture yourself dancing alongside Nat Bass and a plethora of LGBTQIA+ royalty, from veteran activists like Robyn Kennedy to inspiring individuals such as Benja Harney and Katie and Lilian Nicol-Ford.

So, dust off your rainbow flag, lace up your dancing shoes, and prepare to make your debut. This Mardi Gras is all about inclusivity, acceptance, and celebrating new beginnings – and you’re cordially invited to join the revelry!