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. Some of the major events that will be worth checking out in 2019 include:
- Fair Day: 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.
- Pool Party: 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.
- Underwear Party: 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.
- Laneway: 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.
Sydney Mardi Gras is a festival that’s definitely worth adding to your travel bucket-list.