A cohort of local samba dancers and drummers are set to show off their goods as part of this weekend’s Sydney Mardi Gras line up.

Canberra troop Raio de Sol will take its high energy beats and colourful outfits to the thousands of spectators at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Organiser Claire Lariosa promises it will a feast for the senses.

“We’ll have samba dancers dressed to the nines in their couture feathered outfits, almost representing a mini carnival.”

“It’ll be high energy, lots of feathers, sparkles galore and lots of samba hits” She added.

The group has been performing and the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for the past five years, initially joining the parade as part of a drag float.

Since then, they’ve been invited back every year celebrating love, inclusion and the diversity within the troop.


“We’re a community group of dancers and drummers from all sorts of backgrounds and diversities and we have a big mix of gay and lesbian group members.” Ms Lariosa said.

The traditional Mardi Gras parade has been scrapped this year, replaced with a COVID-Safe festival held at the Sydney Cricket Group on Saturday night.