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Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is the world's most colourful gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex celebration, held in the heart of Sydney! Drawing in thousands of visitors from around Australia and overseas, it includes a variety of events such as the world-famous Mardi Gras Parade and Party, Bondi Drag Races, Harbour Party and the popular Queer Thinking event.

Sydney Mardi Gras kicks off with the annual Fair Day event, an outdoor community fair which sees 70,000 people converge on Victoria Park, Camperdown. A fun and relaxed day out in the park with family and friends, there's a wide variety of entertainment throughout the day, as well as stalls, sporting competitions and pet shows!

The absolute highlight of the Mardi Gras Festival is the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Traditionally held on the first Saturday in March, it is an outrageous and eye-catching demonstration of LGBTQI pride, as thousands of people make their way down Oxford and Flinders St on colourful floats. They are watched by huge crowds, cheering in support. It's not just a fun party though, with many floats calling for equal rights, including same-sex marriage.

The Mardi Gras Parade is followed by the official after party, Mardi Gras Party which sees tens of thousands of people descend on the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park to dance the night away. In the last 20 years, many well known local and international artists have performed at the Party, including Dannii Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Adam Lambert, George Michael, Kelly Rowland and Wynter Gordon.

The Sydney Mardi Gras Festival also includes a range of arts and cultural events, as well popular parties including Harbour Party, Pool Party and the unique Drag Races.

To find out more about the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, head to their Website.


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