Special events and social reform: the case of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade and the Australian Marriage Equality movement

@article{Ford2017SpecialEA,
  title={Special events and social reform: the case of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade and the Australian Marriage Equality movement},
  author={Amanda Ford and Kevin Markwell},
  journal={Event Management},
  year={2017},
  volume={21},
  pages={683-695}
}
This article reports on a study undertaken to critically consider the intersections between special events and social reform through the empirical lens of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and its presentation of same sex marriage (marriage equality), which has become a significant contemporary political ans social issue in Australia. The Parade is the public highlight of a festival that celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex identities and which has… 
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