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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is an annual festival that features dozens of parties and various fun events. The festivities take over Sydney for about two weeks. A fabulously diverse program includes all sorts of events from dazzling dance parties and top-tier theatre performances to music concerts and family-focused fun.
Mardi Gras Parade (February 29, 2020)
The highlight of the season is the Mardi Gras Parade that takes place in Darlinghurst. This dazzling spectacle, which consists of hundreds of floats and around 10,000 participants, draws about 500,000 spectators. Thousands of tourists come to watch the parade from around Australia and other countries. This joyous celebration is a unique display of creativity, freedom, sexuality, as well as various cultures and communities. Thousands of revelers march down Oxford St. in Darlinghurst. The iconic procession features 200 colorful groups and floats.
Mardi Gras Party (February 29, 2020)
The parade is followed by the epic LGBTQI+ Party that takes place at Hordern Pavilion and nearby venues. It's a celebration of music, lights, and fantasy. The line-up features premiere performers like Dua Lipa and KESHA, as well as best local and international DJs like Ayebatonye, Cupids Cut, Midland, DJ Joelby, Charlie Villas, DJ Kilimi, Estée Louder, Kate Doherty, Trinity, Whiskey Houston, DJ Hamo, Kate Monroe, DJ Nate, Atomic Blonde & Dutch Kiss, and Dameeeela.
Other Mardi Gras Events
Two weeks of Mardi Gras celebrations in Sydney offer something for everyone. Fair Day is another gay and lesbian Mardi Gras celebration in Sydney that attracts over 80,000 revelers. It features live music, a picnic, and lots of vendors and community stalls in the Sports Village, Sydney. Sissy Ball, Queer Art After Hours, Mardi Gras Film Festival, and many other events will keep you busy 24/7.