We featured a blog post a few weeks ago that touched on Mardi Gras but we’d like to dedicate a whole post to this incredible festival. From the 9th February to 1st March, the whole of Sydney grabs their LGBT rainbow hot pants, t-shirts and flags to celebrate equality. Millions of visitors from around the country and the globe head to the city to bond, reunite, make new lifelong friends and dance until their feather boas shake with pride.
Alongside the parade and a multitude of colourful parties, there’s also the Sydney Mardi Gras Harbor Party on the 22nd February and the finale showdown on the 1st March.
On the 9th February for launch day, there’s a big festival in Victoria Park that cannot be missed. You can bring picnics, hang out with friends and family, parade your dog wearing a pink bandana and let your kids gallop around on a multitude of entertaining rides.
On the 22nd February, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, get your groove on and dance right through the night to world class DJ’s and performers. This is a big extravaganza so if you’re glamming up the wardrobe, maybe wear sneakers so you can last the evening without sore feet. It’s a simple tip but well worth noting!
Since the Gardens are situated near the famous Harbour, if you’re looking for an affordable hotel in Sydney during the festival, remember that Cremorne Point Manor is just a five minute hop, skip and jump away by ferry from the Harbour. So you can enjoy the best of both the hype of the festival and the tranquility at the Manor, just across the water.
Finishing off with a mass flurry of parties, parades and more dancing on the 1st March right through to the next day, if you’ve survived the largest LGBT party in the Southern Hemisphere, we take off our rainbow hats to you. Well done!