Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

Australia's largest celebration of its diverse LGBTQIA+ communities, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras brings a burst of colour and creativity to the city each year. Running from 16 February to 3 March, the festivities in 2024 include an exciting blockbuster program of over 100 community events, dance parties, theatre and music, taking place over 17 glorious summer days. 

Mardi Gras Parade

In 2024, the Mardi Gras Parade returns to Oxford Street, Flinders Street and Anzac Parade on 2 March, centred around the theme 'Our Future'. As always, the parade will be led by the beloved Dykes on Bikes, First Nations and 78er floats.

The parade is the biggest event of the festival, featuring 12,500 marchers and over 200 floats – in 2023, over 250,000 spectators were captivated as more than 12,000 participants took to the streets in a spectacular display of colour, creativity and pride. There are free viewing areas all along Oxford Street, as well as premium viewing spaces and accessible viewing ticketed areas to view the spectacle from Hyde Park to Moore Park.

Celebrating the colourful collision of creativity and culture at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2023, Sydney

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2023, Sydney

More exciting events

There are plenty of other events to enjoy across the city throughout the festival, including performing arts, comedy, films and talks. Key celebrations include:

Ultra Violet

When: 17 February 2024 

Witness the National Art School come alive for Ultra Violet – Sydney Mardi Gras edition. Welcome to a wondrous world designed by and for LGBTQIA+ women, curated once again by Sveta Gilerman and Jess Hill. Live acts, DJs and performers will transform the space across two stages for a day-to-night party.

Fair Day

When: 18 February 2024

Each year, over 70,000 people take over Victoria Park on Sunday 18 February for a rainbow extravaganza. Join the fun as communities come together to celebrate all things LGBTQIA+. Dapper dogs, DJs and dancefloors join over 200 food, retail and community stalls – with six stages and six bars keeping you entertained and hydrated.

Laugh Out Proud

When: 23 February 2024

Off the back of four sold-out years, Laugh Out Proud is back at the Enmore Theatre in the heart of Sydney’s Inner West. From start to skit this is a night of guaranteed laughs so don’t dilly dally on tickets to queer comedy’s night of nights.

Bondi Beach Party

When: 24 February 2024

The beach is back. Join 15,000 people for the biggest party of the festival on the iconic shores of Bondi. The sun and the sand will be home to renowned international DJs and performers as the sun sets on the picturesque global landmark.

Sissy Ball

When: 24 February 2024

The regal and the ravenous will run wild at Sydney Town Hall for the biggest vogue ball in the Southern Hemisphere. Godmother of Australian ballroom Kilia continues her reign as Curator as houses from across the country battle it out for their 10s.

Mardi Gras Party

When: 2-3 March 2024

10 hours. 10,000 people. Six venues. More than 50 artists. Prepare to be devoured by debauchery at the Mardi Gras Party, an adult playground of pleasure, and the biggest LGBTQIA+ overnight party in the Southern Hemisphere.

Laneway

When: 3 March 2024 

Kick-ons are sorted. Get ready for the big finish at Laneway! From a few milk crates on Hill Street to the renowned Festival finisher – Laneway is the ultimate way to end your Sydney Mardi Gras celebrations. Taking over community favourite The Beresford from top to bottom, and spilling out onto Hill Street, don’t miss the glittering gutter street party.

Couples take photo at Oxford Street Fair at Sydney WorldPride 2023, Sydney

Oxford Street Fair, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2023

For a comprehensive list of all events, check out the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2024 Festival Program.

 

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras FAQs

Where is Mardi Gras in Sydney?

Where is Mardi Gras in Sydney?

In 2024, Mardi Gras events are taking place all across the city, from Mardi Gras Fair Day in Victoria Park to the Bondi Beach Party on the iconic shores of the Eastern Suburbs. For more information, see a list of events here.

Meanwhile, the world-renowned Parade is returning to Oxford Street, Flinders Street and Anzac Parade on 2 March.

What is the purpose of Mardi Gras?

What is the purpose of Mardi Gras?

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

Is Sydney Mardi Gras free?

Is Sydney Mardi Gras free?

There are many events happening as part of Mardis Gras, and ticket prices may apply. For more information, see a list of events here.

The Parade can be watched from the free viewing areas on the street or in premium viewing spaces, which are ticketed.