Whether you are looking to be inspired by poignant think pieces or just want to enjoy the phenomenal parade, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2018 really is filled with passion. It is a packed program of activities, exhibitions, performances, and events. During one of the most dazzling celebrations of pride and diversity in the world, there is truly something available for everyone.
Why you would want to attend
Even though this is arguably the cultural and community event of the year, you may not be entirely convinced just yet. This is why we will present you with another handful of reasons to attend:
• You are spending your time in one of the leading centres of culture and creativity in the world, from the iconic Sydney Opera House to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of NSW, and wide range of performing arts experiences that range from comedy to cabaret, to dance and theatre.
• You have a chance to run into celebrities. A few of the celebrities that have been seen before include Kylie Minogue, Chaz Bono, RuPaul, George Michael, and Cyndi Lauper.
• You are attending one of the largest LGBTQI celebrations in the world during Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade. The parade along Oxford and Flinders streets has more than 10,000 participants and the parade is cheered on by hundreds of thousands of spectators. In 2014, there were 144 floats total.
• There is more to the celebration than just the closing; this is a three-week festival with more than 100 different events. In fact, the iconic Mardi Gras parade is only the culmination of a celebration of diversity and acceptance.
There is more to the celebration than just the closing; this is a three-week festival with more than 100 different events. In fact, the iconic Mardi Gras parade is only the culmination of a celebration of diversity and acceptance.
Get the best view for the parade
Unless you want to spend your time trying to peer past the people who are already standing on milk crates or waste hours of your trip to Sydney saving a spot along the parade route, it is a good idea to get one of the VIP viewing spots. On Taylor Square, there is an outdoor club with DJs, cocktail bars, and raised viewing platforms, or you can opt for the grandstand-style seating option.
Book your spot near the parade now
One of the best ways to make sure that you are present at the biggest event on the calendar is by having a hotel nearby. If you want to be close to the action, we highly recommend that you book along Surry Hills, the East City, Oxford Street, or Hyde Park.
Even though the parade itself starts around 5 PM, most people who are passionate about getting a great view will be there hours beforehand. By ensuring that you are close to the action, you can be sure that you have all of the benefits, without having to wait around for too long. Do not hesitate to book your spot, because rooms are still going fast!
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