Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney

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The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney Mardi Gras, or Mardi Gras, is an annual LGBT pride parade and festival in Sydney, Australia, attended by hundreds of thousands of people from around Australia and overseas. It is one of the largest such festivals in the world, and the largest Pride event in Oceania. It

includes a variety of events such as the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade and Party, Bondi Beach Drag Races, Harbour Party, the academic discussion panel Queer Thinking, Mardi Gras Film Festival, as well as Fair Day, which attracts 70,000 people to Victoria Park, Sydney.

The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of Australia's biggest tourist drawcards, with the parade and dance party attracting many international and domestic tourists. It is New South Wales' second-largest annual event in terms of economic impact, generating an annual income of about A$30 million for the state.

The event grew from gay rights parades held annually since 1978, when numerous participants had been arrested by New South Wales Police. The Mardi Gras Parade maintains a political flavour, with many marching groups and floats promoting LGBTQI rights issues or themes. Reflecting changes since the first Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, participants in the Mardi Gras Parade now include groups of uniformed Australian Defence Force personnel, police officers from New South Wales State Police, as well as interstate and federal police officers, firefighters and other emergency services personnel from the Australian LGBTQI communities. Marriage equality was a dominant theme in the 2011 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade with at least 15 floats lobbying for same-sex marriage.
In 2019 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras submitted a bid to host WorldPride 2023 competing against Montreal, Canada and Houston, Texas. InterPride, at their October 2019 Annual General Meeting of three hundred delegate organizations, held in Athens, Greece chose Sydney, Australia to host WorldPride 2023 - the first time WorldPride will be held in the Southern Hemisphere or Asia Pacific region.
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  • Took a city tour and stumbled upon this. Joined it and it was fine holiday fun. Plenty of costumes and merriment for all.  more »
  • This is a bucket list event. If you are travelling I strongly recommend the purchase of a seat- we bought tickets in sideshow and the view and atmosphere great.  more »
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  • i've never been with so many women on one night i was exhausted
  • The parade is good, very much a us vs them attitude though. Berlin Pride parade lets people randomly join in the parade and there is no fence.. it is a very different vibe. Maybe they can’t do that in Sydney as not enough people? The after party... went there when Conchita performed. The organisation was the worst I have ever seen. Once inside one building was open, another was then closed... the issue was security were kind of pushing the entire crowd of people with a fence thing... they could of just said move to X spot and everyone would have. I really have never seen anything like this before and it has stopped me from ever returning. Oh also the police presence when going in was just really lame.. this doesn’t happen in other countries.

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