The 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has arrived. The Festival starts Friday 20th February 2015 to Sunday 8th March 2015.
Gone are the days it was all about the parade. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a 3-week festival. Featuring more than 100 events that culminate in the iconic Mardi Gras parade and party on the first Saturday of March. For most the party goes on well into Sunday night.
The aim of the parade, which begins with the raising of the rainbow flag, is to lift the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities.
Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade is among the world’s largest LGBTQI celebrations. The numbers are mind-boggling: 10,000 to parade along Oxford and Flinders Streets in a train measuring almost six kilometres long. Hundreds of thousands of spectators cheer on the parade and its glittering, music-pumping floats for just over two hours.
Plus, it is not just about the participants. Keep an eye out for celebrities. Big names that have attended Mardi Gras parades and parties include Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, RuPaul, Chaz Bono and Kylie Minogue.
Let’s face it. It is also a chance to showcase the beautiful City Of Sydney. Iconic magnets for tourists include Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Darling Harbour let alone a diverse array of restaurants and classy bars.
Many Mardi Gras events encourage visitors to enjoy parts of Sydney and beyond. Day trips have included a cruise along Parramatta River to a wildlife park, cycling around the suburbs and a trip to a regional outdoor water park.
Why not enjoy one of the world’s global centres of culture and creativity – from the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art, to the iconic Sydney Opera House and a range of performing arts experiences to suit every taste from theatre and dance to cabaret and comedy.
Time to welcome thousands of International Visitors together with locals to enjoy hundreds of Events but also take some time to look past the glitter and listen to the stories behind the voices.
Visit the official website of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for more information.