Whether you are looking at attending yourself or in support of a friend, family member or local community, watching the Mardi Gras Parade or streamling live no matter what side of the fence you sit can be a lot of fun. A couple of things you need to know about Mardi Gras…
Rachael’s Top Tips for Best Vantage Points
1/ Like in real estate Location, Location, Location is key! So plan to arrive early to get the best vantage spot.
2/ When buying a home you want to know the local amenities and facilities available, so ensure you know your go to places to purchase food and water, and toilet stops for the night.
3/Spending long days searching for that perfect home, nobody wants to get “Hangry” in the process, so ensure you carry water and snacks just in case you cannot find a vendor in time, your friends will love you for it.
4/ Similar to our open homes where we want to ensure the safety of our attendees, therefore keep an eye on your friends and belongings and stay together to have a safe and enjoyable night out. Carry only the essentials and avoid bulky items.
5/ Like wandering the streets for hours for the perfect home, it is a must to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, dress for the Mardi Gras Event and weather forecast
A couple of other things you need to know about Mardi Gras…
When Is the Mardi Gras?
Sydney Mardi Gras is celebrating 40 years with one of the most colourful and creative parades to attend this year being held on 3rd March, 2018.
Who is performing at Mardi Gras?
Cher, a longtime advocate for the LGBTQI community, has arrived in Sydney preparing for her iconic performance at 2am after the night’s biggest ever official Mardi Gras Party.
The gay icon’s chart-topping hits include Believe, Strong Enough, All or Nothing, The Shoop Shoop Song, I Got You Babe, If I Could Turn Back Time, Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), Half-Breed and Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves.
What is Mardi Gras?
And whether you are up for a party or not The City of Sydney certainly knows how to host one of the best parties of the year! Bursting into life with a full calendar of special and annual signature events that celebrate all things rainbow attracting approximately 20,000 local, interstate and international visitors, providing them with an experience that cultivates a sense of culture and community which equally commemorates the vibrant history of Mardi Gras since inception by the 78ers.
What is the meaning of Mardi Gras?
“40 Years of Love “examines the themes of repression, adversity, freedom, diversity and equality” and was inspired by queer artists like Peter Tully, Brenton Heath-Kerr, Ron Muncaster, Keith Haring and Pierre et Gillesaid Aberline and Goldberg.
“With the work’s vibrant energy and complexity, we share that Mardi Gras isn’t a singular thing but a cacophony of diverse ideas, people, histories, politics and expressions.”
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was proud to support and celebrate the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.”
Quotes courtesy of online source: http://www.mardigras.org.au/news/mardi-gras-celebrates-40-years-with-a-huge-inflatable-art-installation-on-taylor-square
Best Vantage Points or Places to watch Mardi Gras Sydney 2018?
You can take advantage of a roadside possie along Oxford Street leading up to Taylor Square. A couple of other venues you could visit as you follow the parade up Oxford Street are Beresford Hotel, Stonewall Hotel Open from 5 p.m. and tickets start from $22, The Oxford Hotel – Open from 10 a.m. with entertainment from 7 p.m., The Colombian Hotel – Open from 9 a.m., The Courthouse Hotel – Open all day. The Flinders – Doors open from 4pm and DJ’s from 10 p.m., VIP Viewing – Sideshow – Flinders St, Darlinghurst 7pm – 11pm, From $61 + booking fees, Wheelchair Accessible.
What to wear to Mardi Gras 2018?
The great thing about Mardi Gras as you can dress in whatever you like, but most importantly, simply be yourself.
Is the Mardi Gras on TV?
Yes, it will be streamed live from 7pm on Facebook and SBS Demand and if you can’t make it on the night, it will also be broadcast on SBS Demand – Sunday 4th March at 8:30pm with all our favourite hosts including Magda Szubanski, Patrick Abboud, Joel Creasey and Urzila Carlson for our special Mardi Gras broadcast, including hilarious Mardi Gras commentary, a behind the scenes look at the parade and insightful stories that delve deeper into the issues faced by the LGBT+ community.”
“2018 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the world’s largest and most high profile LGBTIQ+ celebrations. Having started as a civil rights protest in 1978, Mardi Gras has grown into an opportunity to celebrate diversity, equality, inclusion and pride on a global scale.
Following last year’s historic same-sex marriage vote, this year’s Mardi Gras will be a celebration of how far the LGBTIQ+ communities and their allies have come in the last 40 years, as well as a reflection on the community’s hopes for the future.
The television broadcast will feature the best and brightest floats and costumes in the parade, interviews with special guest and celebrities including international music icon Cher, commentary from Magda Szubanski and Joel Creasey, as well as on the ground coverage from Urzila Carlson. The Feed’s Patrick Abboud will present a series of stories which introduces us to parade participants, the people and special meanings behind the floats, and the stories of Mardi Gras marchers– including the 78’ers who pioneered this global event 40 years ago.”
Online source: https://tvtonight.com.au/2018/02/40th-sydney-gay-lesbian-mardi-gras-tv-guide.html
Whatever you find yourself doing this weekend, Happy Mardi Gras!