3 popular gay pool events to go to this Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2021

Drag queen pool

Sun’s out. Guns – and everything else out – and there’ll be hundreds of others to enjo the view.

Welcome to the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras pool party at the ivy, right in the heart of town.

Thanks to the partnership again of Absolut Vodka and Merivale, throwing their celebratory might behind the annual gay festival, there are these three strong LGBTIQA+ friendly events for you to get excited for that involve little-to-no clothing whatsoever.

Read on.

POOF DOOF Drag Brunch

Saturday 20 and 27 February  

Treat yourself to a whole afternoon of fierce drag superstardom, a 1.5-hour bottomless mimosa and brunch package including a complimentary Absolut Banger cocktail on arrival, plus so much more camp fun. The runway is in and around the ultra-glam ivy pool and the afternoon will be hosted by  the one and only Marilyn Mootrub and star the iconic Coco Jumbo, Sia Tequila and Miss Danni Issues in shows all afternoon along with fabulous guest performers each week. 

  • Saturday 20 February: Maxi Shield 
  • Saturday 27 February:  Faúx Fúr

Tickets are $89pp. Bookings are essential and a variety of table sizes and configurations are available here.

POOF DOOF Long Lunch at uccello

Thursday 4 March, 12pm-5pm 

The inaugural POOF DOOF Long Lunch is here, queer and kickstarting Mardi Gras at Merivale’s iconic poolside restaurant, uccello. POOF DOOF have curated the perfect long lunch to network with Sydney’s queer professionals over a three-course extravaganza designed by Head Chef Nigel Ward with a glass of champagne on arrival.

The afternoon will feature guest speakers including a keynote from Albert Kruger, CEO of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, and music curated by Australia’s leading queer DJs including Kitty Glitter, Sveta and Kate Monroe. Guests can also look forward to some very special, surprise live performances throughout the afternoon. After lunch, guests can sashay over to ivy Pool Club to take an afternoon dip.

Tickets are $159pp. Tables are limited and bookings can be made here.

Parade After Party at Pool Club

Saturday 6 March

POOF DOOF are hosting yet another epic Mardi Gras parade after party at ivy Pool Club from 9pm until the wee hours of the morning with an all-star lineup of DJs, live acts, drag performers and more. Leading the stacked line-up is Sgt Slick, alongside drag DJ icons Kitty Glitter and drag DJ duo Jawbreakers. POOF DOOF Melbourne residents Argonaut and Jason Conti will go back-to-back while Sydney DJ icons Sveta, Troy Beman and I.O.U. round out the lineup for house music lovers. There will be epic shows from drag brunch divas Coco Jumbo. Danni Issues, and Sia Tequila, and a very special performance from Vanity Faire, Maxi Shield and Lexi Gaga. 

Very limited tickets will be on sale soon. 

Drag queen by a pool at Mardi Gras