Dua Lipa confirmed to headline Sydney Mardi Gras
“I am so excited to come down to Sydney this February for the LGBTQ Mardi Gras it’s gonna be so massive…” said Dua Lipa, announcing her gig at one of the world’s biggest Pride events. “See you in 2020!”
Dua Lipa is an exciting performer, and it’s great that she’s going to be part of Sydney’s celebrations. But really, it’s just icing on the cake of an event that always takes LGBTQ Pride to the next level.
Is Sydney Mardi Gras worth going to?
Without doubt, Sydney Mardi Gras is a fantastic time to be in one of Australia’s most beautiful and exciting cities.
What began as a protest march has now flourished into a huge cultural festival, embraced by the city and attracting visitors from around the world.
There’s a huge range of events and parties to take part in across the festival, and the main event is the enormous parade filled with marching groups and spectacular floats, cheered on by massive crowds.
Mardi Gras in Sydney is one of the world’s biggest pride festivals. The event has become a firm fixture on the international stage, attracting more than 20,000 visitors to the city and injecting an estimated AUD$30m into the local economy.
In 2020, the 42nd anniversary of Sydney Mardi Gras, the parade and main party will be on Saturday 29 February. But this is more than just a single event – Mardi Gras is a month-long festival. There’s heaps of theatre, film, performance, cabaret, discussions, memorials, and parties. Most things will sell-out well in advance, so plan ahead and book your tickets.
A family-friendly fair day held at Sydney’s Victoria Park. You’ll find everything that you could hope for at an LGBTQ fair day - drag queens, entertainment, food stalls, dog shows, and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Normally held at The Ivy in George Street, this is a glamorous venue with a sleek pool playground. Think DJs, cocktails, swim-briefs, and lifeguards. Always popular.
Generally held at Arq in Darlinghurst, this is a big men-only underwear party. The Australia club scene is a bit more conservative than most places in Europe, so don’t expect things to get too wild, but this is a good excuse to show-off your best underwear to your mates.
This is the official recovery party, held in Hill Street in Darlinghurst, outside The Beresford hotel. With DJs and performances, and a huge crowd, this is a great street party.
The best of Sydney’s beaches
Bondi Beach may not be an official LGBTQ beach but it’s highly popular with the queer community. The beach is full of restaurants and cafés that will keep you well fed and hydrated.
If you’re feeling daring then why not hit up the nude beach. Obelisk Beach is a 100-meter-long nude beach that overlooks Sydney Harbour. This beach beckons the uninhibited LGBTQ crowd.
Sydney has been named as the host city for WorldPride in 2023.
WorldPride is one of the largest global gatherings of LGBTQ people – it’s held every two years and is hosted by a different city each time.
Sydney was selected by the organising committee, ahead of Montreal and Houston. This will be the first time that WorldPride has been held in the Southern Hemisphere.
WorldPride in 2023 will be held during the Mardi Gras celebrations that year.
WorldPride was first held in Rome in 2000. In 2019, the event was held in New York City. WorldPride in 2021 will be jointly hosted by Copenhagen and Malmö.
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