- February 19, 2021
- March 7, 2021
Against all odds, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival is back on in 2021. The program will look a little different than what we’d usually expect from the annual LGBTQIA+ celebration, but organisers have still found a way to bring all the joy, colour, sparkle and unity Sydneysiders love about this time of year.
The crowning jewel of the festivities, the 43rd Mardi Gras Parade, won’t be taking the usual path down Oxford Street. Instead, a ticketed event at the Sydney Cricket Ground will see a new look, crowd-controlled promenade of queer community groups. Organisers made the tough decision to call off the beloved Mardi Gras Fair Day, which last year attracted over 80,000 people to Victoria Park for partying, picnicking, stalls and live music. Fair Day is slated to return in February 2022. But there’s plenty more events to take a dip into still, with comedy, music, theatre and fascinating talks to choose from.
This year’s festival runs from February 19 to March 7 and we’re rounding up our fave picks of the Mardi Gras season below.
Here’s what is happening for Sydney Mardi Gras in 2021
Celebrate Mardi Gras in Sydney
The annual march down Oxford Street will this year be replaced by a ticketed event at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 6th March 2021. Some 5,000 paraders from over 100 LGBTQI+ community groups will march in the new look parade which showcases LGBTQI+ culture and community on Saturday, March 6. Read more
Comedy The Enmore Theatre, Newtown Feb 26 2021
Let’s face it: all the funniest people are queer. That’s why we can’t wait for this Mardi Gras stand-up extravaganza on Friday, February 26. Host Nath Valvo will be joined on the Enmore Theatre stage by funny folks including Geraldine Hickey, Mel Buttle, Thomas Jaspers, Rosie Piper, Margot Tanjutco, Selina Jenkins, Jake Howie and Jay Wymarra
For more information on all events during the Mardi Gras Visit the official website