Sydney’s Mardi Gras Festival
Celebrating its 42nd year in existence, Sydney’s Mardi Gras has grown to be one of the biggest parties on the planet. Championing diversity and the rights of the LGBTQ community, Mardi Gras attracts tourists from across the globe for the two week festival. With direct flight to Sydney.
Sydney’s Mardi Gras celebrations have grown from humble beginnings to becoming one the world’s premier Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer (LGBTQ) events. Culminating with the pride parade on the final Saturday of the festival, the LGBTQ community flocks from around the globe to one of the most vibrant cities in the southern hemisphere and the largest in Australia.
In recent years, Mardi Gras has attracted some of the top A-List performers including pop superstar Cher, Australia’s own Kylie Minogue, the late George Michael, and American Cyndi Lauper. British pop sensation Dua Lipa has been confirmed as the entertainment headliner in the annual post parade concert for the 2020 edition of the festival.
This year, Mardi Gras will take place between Friday, February 14th and Sunday, March 1st. A number of events have been scheduled for festival goers during the two week period. Some of the highlights include the Queer Film Festival, Pool Party, Sissy Ball, and, of course, the Parade on Saturday, February 29th.
Sydney comes alive during the festival, with Mardi Gras completely sweeping the city off of its feet. While always an incredible destination to travel to, visitors to Australia’s largest city are spoilt for choice during Mardi Gras. Because the festival takes place at the tail end of summer, the weather is perfect for outdoor activities, like checking out one of the city’s world class beaches. Bondi beach, undoubtedly the most recognizable of all, is a short bus ride away from the city center. Straight out of a postcard, an afternoon at Bondi is the perfect way to relax after a long flight or a late night at one of the festival’s numerous parties. Manly beach, a little further afield but still only a short ferry ride from the central piers brings a little bit more of a local flare. Those interested in trying out one of Australia’s favorite national past-times, surfing, should head south down the coast to Coogee beach.
Spending an afternoon exploring the area around Sydney’s famous Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and ‘The Rocks’, is a must for first time visitors to the city. If you have a bit more time, a day trip to the Blue Mountains to the west of the city is highly recommended. The “out of this world” landscape in this national park looks like Oceania’s version of the Grand Canyon and travelers have been marveling at the view of the ‘Three Sisters’ rock formation for decades.