Start: Whitlam Square (corner of Liverpool and Oxford Streets)
Are your ready to go down? Down under, that is! Sydney Mardi Gras is the largest gay party in Australia, and one of the biggest dates in the LGBTQ Pride calendar worldwide. From mid-February to early March, the city streets and venues will come alive with an array of pride-related fun in the sun.
Being the city's main gay pride event, Mardi Gras Sydney attracts thousands of partygoers every year. The whole event is spread out over almost three weeks. In 2019 expect the main Parade, the Fair Day (a free family-friendly carnival), queer art, the Sissy Ball (voguing party), Circuit-style parties, talks, films and so much more. Sydney Mardi Gras really is an event where the whole LGBTQ community is celebrated and embraced. Indeed, there are hundreds of events happening!
The theme for Mardi Gras 2019 is Fearless, which encourages people to live in a courageous way, accepting and embracing challenges that may create fear, but will ultimately achieve greatness. It focuses on people standing up for who they are, who they want to be, and fighting for equality and inclusion of the LGBTQ community. Mardi Gras is an occasion, just as every other day should be, to take risks, be strong, be courageous, and above all be proud.
The main attraction is the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. In 2019 it will take place Saturday, March 2 and will kick off at 7pm from Whitlam Square. It will then wind its way through iconic Oxford Street, before winding things up at Moore Park at approximately 11pm. This is the 41st anniversary of the parade, and it expects to welcome roughly 12,000 participants along with 300,000 spectators from the side.
In addition to the momentous Parade, Sydney Mardi Gras also promises a host of exciting events and parties that celebrate the LGBTQ community. Highlights include Matinee La Leche, which will illuminate state-of-the-art club, Home The Venue, and pump out some of the finest Circuit music on the planet. If you also want to get your vogue on, you need to attend the Sissy Ball, Australia's biggest vogue ball. The glamorous party will take place at Carriageworks, and will welcome live music, DJs, and performing artists.
The Sydney Mardi Gras Parade is a wild and colorful extravaganza that brings Sydney to a standstill. Of course, being summer here, the Parade helps to push the temperatures even higher! Sounds good? Then get planning your trip to Australia’s hottest gay pride event.
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