27 January 2012
What began as a protest march in 1978 is now one of the world’s biggest gay pride events and one of Sydney’s most loved celebrations. It’s a Sydney-stopping, nighttime spectacular that has 9,000 colorful and outrageous people parading down Oxford Street; its festivities draw a cheering crowd of 300,000 spectators.
Come line the Darlinghurst streets and cheer on the ‘Dykes on Bikes’, Asian marching boys, gay and lesbian police officers, student pride groups and lifesavers from Bondi Beach, all decked out in exotic costumes.
If you’re looking for the ultimate Mardi Gras parade experience then head to the GLAMSTAND. Grabbing a ticket gets you into a setting complete with fine food, glamorous bars, and all the amenities you could need for a fun and comfortable parade experience.
This year’s parade is on March 3rd starting at 7:45pm, however once the parade is over the fun doesn’t end! There will be tens of thousands of partygoers dancing until dawn at the official Mardi Gras party, held at the Entertainment Quarter, in Moore Park. For more information on all things Mardi Gras 2012 check out: http://www.mardigras.org.au/
Did you miss last year’s Mardi Gras but wanted to check out the festivities this year? We were there and did a blog post about it last year if you want to know what to expect:
If you’re someone who’s filled with curiosity and likes to know more of the background story then you’ll like this article all about the history of the Sydney Mardi Gras.