Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2024

Australia's largest celebration of its diverse LGBTQIA+ communities, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras brings a burst of colour and creativity to the city each year. Running from 16 February to 3 March, the festivities in 2024 include an exciting blockbuster program of over 100 community events, dance parties, theatre and music, taking place over 17 glorious summer days. Get ready to party with us at CIRCA75!

Mardi Gras Parade
In 2024, the Mardi Gras Parade returns to Oxford Street, Flinders Street and Anzac Parade on 2 March, centred around the theme 'Our Future'. As always, the parade will be led by the beloved Dykes on Bikes, First Nations and 78er floats.
The parade is the biggest event of the festival, featuring 12,500 marchers and over 200 floats – in 2023, over 250,000 spectators were captivated as more than 12,000 participants took to the streets in a spectacular display of colour, creativity and pride. There are free viewing areas all along Oxford Street, as well as premium viewing spaces and accessible viewing ticketed areas to view the spectacle from Hyde Park to Moore Park.

More exciting events

There are plenty of other events to enjoy across the city throughout the festival, including performing arts, comedy, films and talks. Key celebrations include:
When: 17 February 2024 
Witness the National Art School come alive for Ultra Violet – Sydney Mardi Gras edition. Welcome to a wondrous world designed by and for LGBTQIA+ women, curated once again by Sveta Gilerman and Jess Hill. Live acts, DJs and performers will transform the space across two stages for a day-to-night party.
When: 23 February 2024
Off the back of four sold-out years, Laugh Out Proud is back at the Enmore Theatre in the heart of Sydney’s Inner West. From start to skit this is a night of guaranteed laughs so don’t dilly dally on tickets to queer comedy’s night of nights.
When: 24 February 2024
The beach is back. Join 15,000 people for the biggest party of the festival on the iconic shores of Bondi. The sun and the sand will be home to renowned international DJs and performers as the sun sets on the picturesque global landmark.
When: 24 February 2024
The regal and the ravenous will run wild at Sydney Town Hall for the biggest vogue ball in the Southern Hemisphere. Godmother of Australian ballroom Kilia continues her reign as Curator as houses from across the country battle it out for their 10s.
When: 2-3 March 2024
10 hours. 10,000 people. Six venues. More than 50 artists. Prepare to be devoured by debauchery at the Mardi Gras Party, an adult playground of pleasure, and the biggest LGBTQIA+ overnight party in the Southern Hemisphere.
When: 3 March 2024 
Kick-ons are sorted. Get ready for the big finish at Laneway! From a few milk crates on Hill Street to the renowned Festival finisher – Laneway is the ultimate way to end your Sydney Mardi Gras celebrations. Taking over community favourite The Beresford from top to bottom, and spilling out onto Hill Street, don’t miss the glittering gutter street party.
For a comprehensive list of all events, check out the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2024 Festival Program.
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