Be a part of the Mardi Gras fun

A Coastal Twist costume workshop in Gosford

Coastal Twist Festival and Central Coast Pride have been successful with their 2021 entry and theme for the 2021 Mardi Gras Sydney Cricket Ground Parade.

With this year’s Mardi Gras being more focussed on costumes, the Naughty Noodle Fun Haus is holding a costume workshop in Gosford on Saturday, January 23, to help prepare.

Chair of the Naughty Noodle Fun Haus, Juan Iocco, said the costume-making workshop is open to those who would like to create clothing for the event while working alongside the lead designers.

“This year’s Mardi Gras theme is ‘Rise’, and most locals would have felt the impact of droughts, fires, floods and a global pandemic,” Iocco said.

“The 2021 parade will take inspiration from its past and move away from large floats, focusing instead on the outlandish pageantry of vibrant costumes, puppetry and props that made it such a phenomenon in its earliest years.

“The Central Coast’s theme is going to be deep-sea creatures rising from the depths.”

The Mardi Gras will go ahead in a new form designed to be COVID safe.

No floats or commercial trailers will be allowed this year, and numbers will be heavily limited at the event.

Under the SCG’s current COVID exemption, Mardi Gras can have an audience of up to 23,000 people at the live event, but there are hopes to increase this if there is further relaxation of guidelines come March.

Sadly general public tickets for the 2021 Mardi Gras Parade are now exhausted, but the parade will be broadcast by SBS so everyone from across Australia and around the world can tune in to be a part of the celebrations from home.

To be involved in Coastal Twist, and to register for the workshops, fill out your expression of interest form at

Jacinta Counihan