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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Updated on June 3, 2011

Sydney is a very cosmopolitan city where Mardi Gras is much more than one weekend. Mardi Gras in Sydney is spread through three fun weekends, two of which are two amazing gay weeks like no any other on the planet, a tribute to the Gay and Lesbian community worldwide.

For those of you who live in Australia, or for those of you specially travelling to Sidney for the Mardi Gras, I have compiled the most important dates not to be missed if you want to enjoy the gay and lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney.

The Gay and Lesbian guide to Mardi Gras in Sydney

Sunday 21st February

Fair Day: Join 70,000 people in the park for Fair Day, a day in the sun which officially marks the start of the celebrations. It is a fun, relaxed family day.

Queer Thinking

Friday 26th February

For all of you interested in the work of major international gay authors, academics and thinkers, the 26th of February you can join the Queer Thinking. A unique day of debate and food for thought which brings together the Gay and Lesbian community’s best creative and academic talent to discuss their work, explore ideas and reflect upon the 2010 Festival theme, “Mardi Gras’ History of the World”.

Queer Thinking takes place on Seymour Centre from midday to 10:30pm. Access to the event costs $15.

Some interesting facts about Sydney’s gay Parade

  • In 2006 Conde Nast named it as one of the world’s top ten costume parades in the world.
  • Planetout named it as the best gay event in the world.
  • In 2008 Sydney’s gay parade celebrated their 30th Anniversary.
  • 2009 produced the largest ever Parade with almost 10,000 colourful participants.

Gay Parade

Saturday 27th February

Take part in the Parade and party on afterwards.  The parade takes place on the Entertainment Quarter on Lang Road, Moore Park, New South Wales and starts at 10pm

Sydney Mardi Gras Parade and Party 2009

The Harbour 2010 party

Sunday 28th February

For all party lovers, this is the best located dance party in the world, at Harbour 2010, in the Botanic Gardens, next to the Opera House.

The perfect recovery after the Parade the night before.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Harbour Party 2009

The Mardi Gras Pool Party.

Monday 1st March

Another great party in the stunning surroundings of Sydney’s Ivy Pool Bar. Where else in the world would you find a dance floor and DJ booth on the changing rooms?

The Ivy Pool Bar is located on 320 George Street, New South Wales. The party goes on from 2.00pm to 10.00pm. Tickets can be found for $45 + booking fee.

Tuesday 2nd March

Take the ferry to the Manly Beach Day where you can enjoy a day of sports and picnics and finish up the day watching the most amazing sunset.

Wednesday 3rd March

If you have a vivid interest on animal life you should not miss the Mardi Gras Dinner at Taronga Zoo. 

Thursday 4th March

Join Burt Bacharach at the Sydney Opera House for a night of hits.

Friday 5th March

Do not miss the Bondi Drag Races, cheer on Drag Queens sprinting down the beach.

Carl Cox @ Summadayze, Melbourne 2010

Saturday 6th March

Spend the day at TamaramaBeach at the gay lifesaver BBQ.

End up your day dancing among 20,000 sexy partygoers at the world famous Mardi Gras party headlined this year by French superstar David Guetta among many other superstar DJs which include DJ Carl Cox and Italian Dusty Kid. The party spreads over 4 spectacular venues at the Entertainment quarter on Lang Road. Tickets can be purchased between $100 and $135.

Sunday 7th March

Squeeze the last drops of energy that you have at one of the Recovery Parties!

While you are waiting for the next party or parade, take a stroll along Oxford Street where you will find the best bars. Do not miss the Phoenix Bar, always packed, a great place for cruising, open until 6:30am on weekends.

What are you waiting for? Are you too late for this year’s Mardi Gras in Sydney?  Do not despair; you can start booking for next year.  Many Mardi Gras followers book a year in advance.  Pick up that phone, start searching online deals for best hotels and travel packages, get your costumes ready… Sydney is waiting for you!


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  • Joanna Lark profile image

    Joanna Lark 

    8 years ago from London

    I have been to Manchester Mardi Gras few years ago and your hub reminded me how much fun it was... Time to book a ticket to Sydney I think ;)

  • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago

    I hope this answers your question Obscurely Diverse as all I can say about the quantum theory of physics is that “it is physically impossible to know both the position and the momentum of a particle at the same time” which for me translates as: “I can be so fast with my whip that you won’t see it but you will feel its sting” ;-)

    You are most welcome Cheeky girl, I enjoyed exploring gay Sydney. It seems to be THE place to be.


  • Cheeky Girl profile image

    Cassandra Mantis 

    9 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy Anath: thought I'd pop by and have a gander at this hub. Very interesting. Well done on a great hub! Deserves to be read by many! I salute you for a great handling of an important subject to me personally. Thankyou.

  • Obscurely Diverse profile image

    Obscurely Diverse 

    9 years ago from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos

    All jokes momentarily set aside, I was just picking at you and/or provoking ya. I just happened to see that you did this hub to answer someone elses question, so I though I'd be a smarty and add my own question. Actually, you did a good job replying to their query.

    Okay-okay, have you answered my question yet?

    I've already got one reply thus far, and I'm awaiting yours. Ha-ha! ;)

  • Obscurely Diverse profile image

    Obscurely Diverse 

    9 years ago from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos

    This is exactly why people shouldn't write for others...

    I bet it would be fun to exploit your "Ask Anath to publish a Hub answering your question" field. Hmm, I may give this some thought. Hey, I'll skip the 'fill-out request form'...I'll request your next hub to be about the 'quantum theory of physics'... I look forward to your next fulfillment, ha-ha! Just teasing...

    Thanks in advance, OD.


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