Where to celebrate the 39th Annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

28 February 2017

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Image credit: Jeffrey Feng Photography

Dust off the dancing shoes, the world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is set to take over the harbour city on Saturday, 4 March 2017. With more than 100,000 spectators expected to line the parade route, find out some of the best vantage spots and parties to join in all of the festivities.

This year the Mardi Gras Parade will feature more than 190 floats and 12,000 members of the LGBTQI community.

Plan ahead for your best Mardi Gras celebration with some of the best Sydney spots and parties along the parade route.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Image credit: Ann-Marie Calillhanna

BEST VANTAGE SPOTS ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE:

All vantage spots are accessible viewing areas. Visit the Official Mardi Gras Site to register for an accessible viewing bay at the parade.

• TAYLOR SQUARE, CORNER OXFORD & FLINDERS STREET
Located near the start of the parade on the corner of Oxford and Flinders Street, this vantage point is one of the most popular viewing areas. With expansive views of the parade weaving up Oxford Street, it’s sure to fill up quickly! Get in early to secure your spot.

A dedicated drop-off and pick-up zone on Forbes Street is in close proximity to this site making it easily accessible.

• CORNER SHORT AND FLINDERS STREETS
One of the best vantage points to catch a view of the parade along Flinders Street as it heads down towards the finish. Less crowded than the more popular Taylor Square site, this area is suitable for families with kids.

Limited parking will be available on Short Street. Please note that parking spaces are very limited and will be assigned after a case-by-case reviewal.

• OXFORD HOTEL, OXFORD STREET
Positioned directly outside the Oxford Hotel and opposite the famous LGBTIQ establishment, Stonewall, this location provides a great view of the Parade coming up Oxford Street just before it reaches the Taylor Square precinct. A dedicated drop-off and pick-up zone on Forbes Street is in close proximity to this site.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Image credit: Jeffrey Feng Photography

NOT-TO-BE-MISSED PARTIES & ACTIVITIES:

• Catch a flick at the 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival leading up to the parade date to support LGBTIQ artists in the film industry. Ends 2 March 2017.

Parade Sideshow tickets are for the classy diva, with exclusive access to bars, food stalls, live screens, and bathrooms. While Grandstand seats are sold out, General Admission tickets which allow access to the Standing Area are still available. Prices start from $61.

Stonewall Hotel is hosting a VIP event from 6.30-8pm with canapes, drinks and the parade shown on screens. Prices start from $59.

• The Oxford Hotel is hosting a Mardi Gras viewing party from 7pm which is limited to 150 people. For $109 you’ll get a great spot to watch the parade, champagne on arrival and an array of canapés.

• Once the glitter has settled and the final parade float has crossed the finish line, pack up your sparkle and continue to celebrate at the Official Mardi Gras Party. The hottest ticket of the year, every year, the Official After Party is a glittery celebration and the largest LGBTQI party in the Southern Hemisphere.

The night will feature an exclusive performance by The Veronicas in a specially created show just for Mardi Gras. This will be one of four big live shows to blow your mind and senses in the iconic Royal Hall of Industries, which will feature, dancers, acrobats and the crème de-la-crème of Sydney’s drag queen superstars. Second release tickets are on sale now at $165.70.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Image credit: Ann-Marie Calillhanna

POST-PARADE RECOVERY:

While Saturday night will undoubtedly be a night to remember, Sydney also offers the ultimate post­parade hangouts and activities to help keep your après Mardi Gras Parade glow shining bright the morning after.

• Make the most of the sun and relaxation and head down to Bondi Beach post parade for a quick dip. Afterwards, wander up to Hall Street for a bite to eat at Bondi Hardware, or continue enjoying the picturesque outlook with a drink at local Sunday session hotspot, The Bucket List.

• While in one of the world’s great dining destinations, don’t miss out on dining by Sydney Harbour in award-winning restaurants like Bennelong and Quay, enjoying a traditional pub in The Rocks area or simply taking in the views at a cool rooftop bar like The Glenmore and Hotel Palisade.

• If you prefer to active after the parade, learn to surf, explore Sydney’s waters sailing, kayaking or paddleboarding.

• Want something a bit more relaxing? Try a cruise on a Sydney Ferry between Circular Quay and Manly, or out to Watsons Bay. Sit back and watch the city skyline go by while taking in sweeping views out to sea and back towards the Harbour Bridge, or stop off for fish and chips and Sydney rock oysters at any of these iconic Sydney coastal locations.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade starts at 7pm on Saturday 4 March 2017. Click here for more information.