Australia is not a stranger to pride parades, most especially Sydney. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has been around since 1978, and is one of Australia’s most well-known annual events. It is loved by many, and tourists from all over the world even fly to Australia to attend the most awaited event.

The event can last up to 3-4 weeks, with different programs featured during different time slots. It encourages a lot of people to show their pride, celebrate, and express themselves. The Sydney and Gay Mardi Gras showcases different talents of the people in the LGBTQI community, and allows gay, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, intersex, and queer people to take pride in who they truly are and what they do.

The event will run from February 17 to March 5. Attendees can choose to attend a wide variety of different events, and it’s best to plan which ones you are going to attend. If you’re coming as a group, then it would definitely be convenient for you if you get a car hire in Sydney.

Listed below are some of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras events for this year:

Fair Day

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This event attracts over 80,000 people every year. Party and dance to the tunes at the lounge tent, or have a feast with your friends at the international cuisine tent. Local and international vendors will be selling their most loved dishes, so you better prepare your tummy! Fair Day is a free event, and welcomes all people whatever race or gender you belong to. This event will be held on the 19th of February, 2017.

<Koori Gras Exhibition

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The Koori Gras Exhibition is made up of three events: the Koori Gras @ 107, Black Point, and Black Nulla. Black Nulla will be held on the 24th of February. The event will be headlined by well-known black drag performers, complete with an after show mixing space, a DJ, and a bar. The Black Point event hosts meetups for the Mardi Gras attendees. It is a huge communal table free for everyone to use. The Koori Gras event itself will be held on the 21st – the 26th of February, and will feature shared stories and history of the First Peoples community (the first ever lesbians, gays, and transgenders).

Queer Warhol

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Celebrate Andy Warhol and his art at the Queer Warhol event, which will be held on the 25th of February.

Queer Thinking: Equalitea Party

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Listen to a team of well-renowned speakers talk about equality, their personal experiences, and inspirational stories. Be loud and proud while drinking a cup of tea and chomping on some biscuits with fellow LGBTQI members! This will happen on the 26th of February, 2017.

Parade Sideshow

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Of course, who wouldn’t want to be a part of the Parade Sideshow? Get exclusive access to bars, live screens, seats and bathrooms, and amazing food stalls! Reserve your spot now and buy a ticket now, as tickets are selling out fast! The parade will happen on the 4th of March.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2017

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Show that you are loud and proud by attending the most awaited event of the year for the LGBTQI community: the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade! March with over 10,000 people as they unite and become one in showing their pride! Prepare to meet fun and interesting people on March 4, 2017.

Mardi Gras Party 2017

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Gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, intersexual, pansexual, asexual, queer – whatever you identify as, you’re definitely welcome here! Everyone attending the Mardi Gras is encouraged to attend the biggest party of 2017. With over 12,000 attendees, you will surely have a memorable time here! The party is happening on the 4th and 5th of March, 2017.


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After the main event, go ahead and indulge in good music and pop up drag shows. This street party celebration is a fun one, and you wouldn’t regret going to this event! If you want to see the lineup for this event on March 5 – 6, then click here.

Grab your tickets now and head on to Sydney! Make sure to pack only what you need for your trip. Have a blast and enjoy!