Streaming platform Stan has partnered with the 2021 Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras, and will announce the cast of Stan Original Series Ru Paul’s Drag Race Down Under at this year’s parade.
Drag Race Down Under is the latest iteration of the drag reality show, hosted by iconic drag queen Ru Paul Charles. The original US version has won nineteen Emmy’s, and the show has UK, Canadian, Thai and Dutch iterations.
The Australian and New Zeland version of the show will be hosted and judged by Charles, and long-time co-judge Michelle Visage.
Stan will release the line-up for the inaugural Down Under season at this year’s Mardi Gras as fans eagerly await the announcement of who will be entering the werkroom (Drag Race speak for ‘workroom’).
Stan’s Chief Content Officer, Nick Forward said, “Mardi Gras celebrates and captures the imagination of Australians, with its colourful explosion of pride and self-expression. We look forward to our partnership with Mardi Gras and being part of parade night to launch our local queens and celebrate with everyone.”
At this year’s Mardi Gras, which is taking place at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Stan will also be celebrating with its very own Drag Race float, themed ‘Homecoming Queens’.
Albert Kruger, Mardi Gras CEO said, “Drag Race is so much more than dips, glamour and gags. Drag Race has been pioneering queer voices and providing a platform for queer stories in the mainstream for over 10 years. That sort of visibility goes so far in helping foster understanding and acceptance of LGBTQI+ people all over the world.”
“We’re very excited to be helping announce the local queens at Mardi Gras, and showing the rest of the world the talent we have Down Under.”