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Mardi Gras wrap up for 2025

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The vibrant and diverse streets of Sydney were illuminated with the spirit of pride and celebration as the 46th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade took center stage on Saturday, 2 March. A staggering estimated 250,000 spectators flocked to Oxford St, Flinders St, and Anzac Parade, uniting in solidarity and bearing witness to a spectacular procession of over 12,000 participants who brought the night to life with their creativity, advocacy, and unapologetic pride under the theme “Our Future…”. Reflecting on the electrifying Parade, CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Gil Beckwith, expressed, “Tonight’s Parade was a vibrant testament to the strength and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community. As we marched under the banner of ‘Our Future…’, we not only honor the past 45 years of history and progress but also took a bold step toward shaping a more inclusive and diverse future.” Lord Mayor Clover Moore AO echoed this sentiment, emphasizing Sydney’s role as a beacon for LGBTIQA+ communities, stating, “Sydney has always been a beacon for LGBTIQA+ communities and that pride is most spectacularly on show during Mardi Gras. This year’s March was another triumph of sequins and spirit.” Amid the celebration, the Parade also served as a poignant reminder of the ongoing fight for equality within the LGBTIQA+ communities. Mayor Moore reinforced this, noting, “These past few weeks have been particularly hard for our LGBTIQA+ communities but tonight we all came together for a wonderful celebration of queer love, culture, and struggle. When the biodegradable glitter settles, the fight… Read More

G Flip and Uber Pool for Mardi Gras

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Get ready to ride with pride this Mardi Gras parade day, because Aussie singer, drummer, and queer icon G Flip is riding around festivities exclusively via Uber Pool on March 2nd, and you could be in with a chance of sharing a ride with them. To celebrate Mardi Gras, Uber has teamed up with global superstar G Flip, giving Sydneysiders the chance to share a ride with them to the festival. Fresh off setting the record for the most entries in the Hottest 100 ever, G Flip is ready to start the Mardi Gras party by giving a few lucky riders the Uber Pool ride of a lifetime as they head out to parades, parties, and other festival events. For one day only, G Flip will be riding around Sydney in the queerest Uber vehicle, decked out with rainbow good vibes and offering everything you need for the perfect Mardi Gras pre-game. Share a karaoke classic with the Aussie singer-songwriter as you share the journey and impress them with your renditions of their iconic hits as you get pumped for the night ahead. To be in with a chance to ride with G Flip, just register your interest here and tell us why you’d love to be part of G Flip’s pride ride. G Flip said: “I’m so stoked to be back in Australia for Mardi Gras! It’s one of my favourite days of the year. I’m going to be hopping in a few Uber Pool rides on the day of the parade, so stay… Read More

What’s on this Sydney Mardi Gras

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Get ready to immerse yourself in a whirlwind of vibrant events as Mardi Gras sweeps through Sydney. From dazzling dress-up soirees to exhilarating drag performances, here’s a sneak peek into what’s in store from 16th February to 3rd March. Unmissable highlights: Caviar Bumps and Frozen Vodka Indulge in an extraordinary experience as Applejack will have the special Mardi Gras cocktail menu running at The Butler, Forrester’s and Taphouse. Drag Bingo & Caviar ‘Bumps’ Join drag royalty Dakota Fann’ee for a delightful session of Drag Bingo at Bar Morris, featuring sass, sparkle, sangria, and a delectable snacks and shares menu by Head Chef Rosy Scatigna on 2nd March. Glitter Me Up Forrester’s is all set to add some serious shine and sparkle to major event days throughout the festival with FREE POP-UP GLITTER STATIONS presented by Archie Rose. Don’t miss out on the glitter extravaganza at Forry’s on 3 dates, including Fair Day, Bondi Beach Party Day, and Parade Day. Slip & Slay Bottomless Experience love and celebration at Taphouse with the launch of Slip & Slay Bottomless—an all-day menu offering Chinese tasting platters and a 2-hour beverage package featuring craft beers, wines, prosecco, and a frozen cocktail on arrival, starting from 15th February. Additionally, indulge in an extravagant rooftop brunch hosted by drag Queens, Dominique Topp and Danni Issues on 24th February. Drag Trivia & Bingo Join in the electrifying events at Woolly Bay Hotel, including Drag Bingo and Drag Trivia hosted by the legendary queen Felicity Frockaccino. Get ready for a classic game of… Read More

Mardi Gras party at the parade on Hyde Park

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Step inside the wonder of Sydney’s most vibrant prelude to the legendary festival—the PRE-GAME MARDI GRAS PARTY at Pullman Sydney Hyde Park is the place to kickstart your celebration in style. Unleash your spirit, UN-HYDE YOUR PRIDE, and revel in an evening where the world truly is your playground. They’re calling all fun-loving souls to level up your Mardi Gras experience; don’t just join the parade, lead it with flamboyance and panache! As the sun dips below the horizon on Saturday, 2nd March 2024, prepare for an extravaganza from 5pm to 9pm. Enjoy the luxury of first-class entertainment, free flowing drinks, delicious roaming bites, and the hottest DJs setting the mood for an evening brimming with good vibes. And remember, part of our allure is location, location, location—you’ve got front row access to the parade’s radiant beginning. The time to hesitate is over! Secure your ticket today with our FIRST RELEASE at $229—because why wait when you can ensure your spot at this spectacular gathering? Remember, prices ascend with each release, and you’ll want to be part of the most fabulous Mardi Gras party in Sydney. So dress to impress, rally your friends, and let’s make memories that will sparkle long past the last float has passed. Let’s make this Mardi Gras one for the history books together because when it comes to celebrating love and equality, we don’t just party, we soar. Book here

New Mardi Gras ball for 2024 in Sydney

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In an extraordinary move resonating with its longstanding dedication to progress, Johnnie Walker is championing the strength and diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community by hosting a Debutante Ball for First Timers at the 2024 Sydney Mardi Gras. This groundbreaking event aims to redefine the traditional concept of the ‘Debutante Ball,’ presenting a grand space full of pomp and ceremony at the iconic Darlinghurst venue, Kinselas, providing an inclusive space for all queer identities. First Timers at Mardi Gras will have the chance to participate alongside trailblazers of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Debutante Ball, making their debut into thousands from their community. This unique initiative is designed to inspire those who have, until now, been unable to attend the renowned festival. Prospective Debutantes are simply required to share their personal journey and reasons for choosing to attend their first Mardi Gras this year. The event will be enriched with the presence of Australian singer and actress Natalie Bassingthwaighte, who will set the stage ablaze with her top hits, while also sharing her own story as a proud new member of the queer community. Natalie stated, “Being able to attend my first Mardi Gras, surrounded with so much love, joy and acceptance is special to me, and what’s even more special is knowing that I get to share this memorable experience with other First Timers of diverse queer identities.” In attendance will also be LGBTQIA+ community trailblazers and Mardi Gras custodians, including original first-timer Robyn Kennedy who graced the first-ever Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras… Read More

Sydney Mardi Gras’ groundbreaking 2024 program: Our Future

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Australia’s most vibrant and inclusive celebration, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, is set to return from 16 February to 3 March 2024 with a spectacular program. The festival will charge into our future with its biggest and boldest program yet, featuring over 100 electrifying community events, dance parties, and performances. The 2024 festival aims to connect the past, present, and future, celebrating 45 years of Sydney Mardi Gras history, while illuminating the path to a dazzling future. The festival will echo the voices of our communities, champion progress, and instigate impactful change. The theme for 2024, ’Our Future,’ is brought to life through a creative campaign that reimagines tarot cards as celebrations of local LGBTQIA+ trailblazers, from HIV+ campaigners to trans and gender-diverse icons. The campaign is a testament to an unwavering commitment to representation and a call to imagine a bright future for all. A few new and major events of 2024 include the Bondi Beach Party, the Ultra Violet party for LGBTQIA+ women, Festival First Light, a city-wide Welcome to Country ceremony, Hot Trans Summer, a total trans and gender-diverse takeover of Glass Island, and many more. Sydney Mardi Gras celebrates not only the LGBTQIA+ community but the diversity and vibrancy that Sydney represents as Australia’s only truly global city. Visitors can also explore renowned galleries, museums and theatres, and the city’s thriving arts, music, and culture scene. Tickets for the 2024 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras go on sale at 10am on Monday 20 November. Visit www.mardigras.org.au to browse… Read More

The Veronicas will own Oxford Street this Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 

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In possibly the second-gayest piece of news to come out about the upcoming annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for 2023 – after the news that Kylie Minogue will smash the after party – The Veronicas will dominate the famous Oxford Street parade! The Veronicas will provide a knockout rendition of ‘Untouched’ supported by 80 members of the American Express Pride+ Colleague Network who will march and celebrate alongside them.   This comes after they headlined the afterparty at Hodern Pavillion for the 2023 Sydney Mardi Gras, the sisters will again stir the clubber within of every attendee along Oxford Street in their positions as the official ambassadors of American Express’ With You & Proud community initiative which will see LGBTQIA+ champions from around Australia receive the opportunity to attend a special Sydney WorldPride experience including tickets to sold out events as well as dining and entertainment vouchers. They said, “For Jessie, as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and for both of us as passionate allies, we’re honoured to bring American Express’ With You &Proud initiative to life – we can’t wait to celebrate this incredible community and share our personal stories of pride together.    “Having grown up deeply connected and involved with the LGBTQIA+ community from a young age and creating safe space for all at our shows for 18 years, representing Australia for WorldPride and being part of this incredible initiative will be an absolute personal and career highlight.”  See them on the Oxford Street circuit! For more about where to watch the parade, head here

See drag queens Trinity The Tuck, Monét X Change, Jinkx Monsoon in May

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After the glitter has settled this Sydney World Pride 2023 and the day jobs kick back, your next opportunity to check back out of reality and get your drag on won’t be too hard behind! See more about Sydney World Pride 2023 here. This May along the eastern seaboard of Australia, the Queens will be serving up the ultimate eleganza extravaganza in the LEGENDS Tour has already proved a hit with Aussies and Kiwis, with a number of shows already sold out (Brisbane, Sydney and Perth) and final tickets on sale for Melbourne and Adelaide. Due to unprecedented demand, more dates have been added for Brisbane, Sydney and Perth, with all ages performances also added to the schedule to keep it inclusive. With meet and greets on offer, too the time is now for tickets.

Kinselas Sydney Mardi Gras plans: Walk Proud on 17 February

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Kinselas has been so many things to so many people and now this month – it’s going gay… er! Right in the heart of Darlinghurst, in the heavily foot-trafficked paving of Taylor’s Square, you’ll get the opportunity to see some LGBTIQA+ friendly performers and music people resident in a space as part of Walk Proud in collaboration with Johnnie Walker; open to all featuring over 40 events including music, art, talks and performances throughout its 3-week residence. The stellar line-up will be headlined by some of the world’s biggest talent across all queer identities, including critically acclaimed non-binary musician G Flip, Queer Folk-Pop artist Alex The Astronaut, Australian Pop Band Cub Sport and AFL legend Sabrina Frederick. The iconic Kinselas will also be sporting a new facade, with a specially designed mural by inclusive Australian Fashion Label Double Rainbouu Founder, Mikey Nolan. The mural, to be unveiled on 17th February, is one of the largest in Sydney’s Rainbow City, designed to represent the many identities that form part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Sydney Mardi Gras headliners: Sugababes, Agnes, DJ Kitty Glitter and more announced!

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And the time to get loose with excitement’s here – Sydney Mardi Gras’ headliners are out and they’re huge! Swedish icon Agnes, British queens Sugababes and Australia’s own Kitty Glitter and over 50+ more have been dropped and tickets are the hottest things in town. You’ll have the chance to lose yourself in the ultimate party playground, the highly anticipated line-up for the sold out Mardi Gras Party 2023! It is promising a re-imagined footprint with headliner artists, International DJs and performances spanning across 7 venues, with all-night programming. Taking place after the iconic Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday 25 February, the Mardi Gras Party will host over 10,000 party-goers for the biggest and longest-running LGBTQIA+ dance party in the Southern Hemisphere. The entertainment spaces are endless, so head to the Sydney Mardi Gras website here for more, but for more about the gigs you’ll see, scroll on… Acts to see at Sydney Mardi Gras 2023 Performing at Mardi Gras Party is none other than UK chart-toppers Sugababes, who are returning to Australia for the first time in over two decades with their original line-up of Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy. Fresh off their latest release The Lost Tapes, these era-defying British sensations have six Number One UK singles, millions of global sales, and multiple multi-platinum albums under their belts, and are known for their smooth vocals and magical harmonies offset by garage and alternative soundscapes. Experience the electric energy of one Swedish pop music’s hottest stars, as spiritual disco diva Agnes takes the stage… Read More