Tonight we were overwhelmed with people logging on to buy tickets for Mardi Gras, and just like when Britney was announced to headline Brighton Pride, our system crashed.

The good news is that we have a waitlist which has been recording chronologically, so we will be contacting families in the order they registered for the waitlist to fill the remaining spots to march with us.

This year we were allocated 150 spots by Mardi Gras, across 3 floats.

We are trying to move mountains to get more tickets, and doing everything we can to maximise the ways families can get involved.

We are exploring the option of a "Rainbow Families Mardi Gras Sideline" area so more families can view the parade. Whilst marching is a wonderful experience, watching the 40th Mardi Gras parade will be amazing. Let us know if you are interested in this idea.

There will also be lots of family friendly events as part of the Mardi Gras festival.

Apologies to anyone who tried to get tickets tonight and missed out.

It’s a testament to our beautiful community that we are getting bigger every year.