The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Feathers, glitter, music, love, acceptance and even more fun – this is the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

On the night of Saturday March 4, Sydney will transform itself into a bold, brassy and brash city of colour as it celebrates the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. 

Political, controversial, erotic and completely entertaining, the Mardi Gras parade is an ecstatic visual experience. It’s also one of the biggest outside parties in the city’s calendar. 

Starting near Hyde Park and winding its way up Oxford Street before turning down Flinders Street and on to Moore Park where the it finishes right in front of the official party.

The very first Mardi Gras was held as a protest, back in 1978, that ended in police violence against those who fought for the right to be able to express their love. 

Today, the event involves over 9500 participants, more than 130 floats and draws in close to half a million spectators hoping to take part in the magic of the night. 

While attending the parade is completely free, fighting for top view can be hard. Ticketing for VIP seating is available and can be booked from the official website. While this is a nice, pleasant way of enjoying the parade part of the fun is getting down and dirty with the crowds in the street. 

So grab some glitter, don your freshest and most colourful outfit and express yourself. Even if it’s just for one night. 

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will take place on Saturday, March 4. 

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