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Publication date: Friday, 4 March 2016
Ninety Corrective Services NSW staff, including Assistant Commissioners and custodial officers in uniform, will march in the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras this Saturday, 5 March.
This year's Mardi Gras marks the 20th anniversary of the first time CSNSW participated in the march and the contingent will be led by the original two employees who marched in 1996.
Custodial officers in uniform will march with four drummers behind the two original participants. Non-custodial staff and guests will follow, wearing specially-designed white polo shirts. The ceremonial Honour Guard will also march in the parade.
CSNSW staff have designed the logo, banners and shirts for the event, all featuring a message that encompasses the department's Workforce Diversity Program ethos of a more inclusive workplace that embraces diversity and is free from discrimination.
The banner resolutely states:
Locking Equality In – Locking Homophobia Out
Mardi Gras 2016 is set to be the largest march in its nearly 40 years, with 176 entries. The CSNSW group will be the 17th group in the parade up Oxford Street.