Three Wollongong drag queens will perform a "nautical extravaganza" for a boat party in Darling Harbour today to celebrate Mardi Gras.
Roxee Horror, Ellawarra and Mama Medusa will be taking to the stage for the private party ahead of the 43rd Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade - which will this year take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The fabulous trio of Wollongong queens said Mardi Gras is their favourite time of year and they are "excited" to entertain everyone on board.
"I hope that they live their best Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy, and I hope that they leave feeling loved," said burlesque drag queen Mama Medusa.
"I just hope we impress them with entertainment, and they have a good time. That's what Mardi Gras is all about," Ellawarra added.
The boating spectacle has been in the works since last year, when an Illawarra resident hired Ellawarra and Roxee to host a smaller boat party. The success of that party has meant the 2021 event will be a "much bigger version", Roxee said.
"He's added another queen this year, and got a bigger boat," she added.
The performers said they were proud to represent the Illawarra region for Mardi Gras.
"We're a regional area, we don't have lots of lots of chances to perform in the city because it's quite saturated with the girls up there already," Roxee said.
She also said that she wants to take attendees on a journey with the performances. "I want them to feel all the emotions, when I perform, I like to do it all."
The 2021 Mardi Gras festival theme is 'RISE', to represent a lifting of spirits after the challenges of 2020.