Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Australia’s largest celebration of its diverse LGBTQI communities, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras brings a burst of colour and creativity to the city each year. Above all, it’s a festival about love, so it’s the perfect opportunity to show your love for Sydney and NSW.

In 2021, Mardi Gras runs from 19 February to 7 March and the theme is Rise! Encouraging people to rise together through love, compassion, respect and understanding after the challenges of 2020

Mardi Gras Parade

The Mardi Gras Parade will be a little different this year, and instead of taking place on Oxford Street will instead be a ticketed event inside the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday 6th March. The parade will also be broadcast on SBS.

Mardi Gras Parade 2019

Mardi Gras events

There are plenty of other events to enjoy across the city, including performing arts, comedy, films and talks. The Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival will be taking place at Randwick Ritz, Hayden Orpheum and the Event Cinemas in George Street and Hurstville, as well as special Moonlight Cinema screenings in Centennial Park. There will also be films available for online streaming. 

Queer Thinking is a series of compelling talks from creatives, activists and academics. The one-day event will take place on February 27 at the NSW Teachers Federation in Surry Hills and you can buy a day pass valid for all events, or tickets to specific talks.

Laugh Out Proud is an evening of comedy featuring LGBTIQ+ comedians, taking place at the Enmore Theatre on February 26. Oxford Street’s annual Oxtravaganza is now in its 5th year with an exciting program of celebrations and activations throughout the festival.  

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras FAQs

Where is Mardi Gras in Sydney?

In 2021, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival will start on Friday 19 February, running through until Sunday 7 March. This year, the parade down Oxford Street has been cancelled and the event will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It will be a ticketed event.

What is the purpose of Mardi Gras?

Australia’s largest celebration of its diverse LGBTQI communities, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras brings a burst of colour and creativity to the city each year. Above all, it’s a festival about love.

Is Sydney Mardi Gras free?

Sydney Mardi Gras 2021 Parade & Party is a ticketed event this year. Unfortunately, the free street parades and Fair Day have been postponed until 2022.