Whether you are looking at attending yourself or in support of a friend, family member or local community, watching the Mardi Gras Parade or streaming 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…
When Is the Mardi Gras?
Sydney Mardi Gras is celebrating 42 years with one of the most colourful and creative parades to attend this year being held on 29th February, 2020.
Who is performing at Mardi Gras?
The year’s Mardi Gras Party is set to have one of the most diverse line-ups yet, featuring a slew of local and international DJs including: we will see performances from special guest, UK artist Sam Smith at the afterparty, with Dua Lipa, Kesha and Brazilian drag star Pablo Vittar, Dolly Diamond.
What is the theme of Mardi Gras 2020?
“The theme for Mardi Gras 2020 is… WHAT MATTERS! Mardi Gras started in the spirit of protest, and it is in that spirit we want you to tell us WHAT MATTERS! We’ve come so far, and we know there’s so much further to go together. ” Source: https://www.mardigras.org.au/what-matters
Mardi Gras is an opportunity for all of us to shine, express who we are and be a beacon of LGBTQI pride for those among us who are still finding the strength to be who they are. So don’t let fear hold us back – take risks, be strong, courageous, and be proud and let’s all come together at Mardi Gras 2020 and celebrate What Matters.
Produced with SBS and featuring many members of our LGBQI communities, watch our 2020 Mardi Gras theme video below:”
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…
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.
Want to watch Mardi Gras Sydney 2020?
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 2020?
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 – Saturday 29th February at 7:30pm with all our favourite hosts including Joel Creasey, Courtney Act, Narelda Jacobs and Zoë Coombs Marr 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.”
“2020 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 previous’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 42 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.”
Whatever you find yourself doing this weekend, Happy Mardi Gras!