It feels like not so long ago that we were packing up the glitter from last year, but the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is back, and just around the corner. The theme is Fearless and we’re thrilled to announce that Vodafone will be a major partner in 2019! There is so much to experience during the festival, so read our guide to the 7 must-do events below…

1. Show some love at the Parade

The biggest night of the festival is always the Oxford St Parade. It’s where a worldwide community gathers to show their support and celebrate the night away. Drag Queens, Dykes on Bikes, Sydney Lifesavers, community heroes and many more will be there to create what has become known as one of the world’s most joyous and spectacular celebrations of LGBTQI pride. If you’re not dancing in the parade yourself this year, get down to Oxford Street early to get a great spot, and be sure to shout and cheer when you see the Vodafone float roll by!

When: March 2nd 2019.
Where: Oxford Street

2. Listen to next-generation storytellers at My Trans Story

In 2018, the Trans Stories event sold out and audiences even gave it a triple standing ovation. In 2019 the festival will be presenting My Trans Story, featuring 14-year-old Evie Macdonald, the girl who faced off with the PM on The Project and star of ABC’s First Day, Liz Duck-Chong and Nevo Zisin, Jewish, queer, non-binary, activist and author of award-winning Finding Nevo.

It will be a night of looking into the future and hearing the struggles of the next generation’s struggles and loves as they strive for a society that celebrates multiple intersecting gender identities.

When: Saturday 23rd February 2019, 7pm
Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh NSW

3. Dance the night away at the Mardi Gras Party

Once the parade finishes, the night is not done there! Grab a ticket and head to Moore Park for your chance to connect with 12,000 of your newest and closest friends as one of the most diverse line-ups yet graces the stage for 2019. The night will be featuring a slew of local and international DJs so get ready to party into the morning light.

Book early to avoid missing this legendary event!

When: Saturday 2nd March 2019 10pm
Where: Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

4. Share your Mardi Gras moments with #ConnectWithLove

It’s the most colourful night of the year, you’re head to toe in glitz and glitter, what better time to share your pride with a night of selfies and creative snaps with your friends? Show the world how we come together as one by hashtagging your pics with #ConnectWithLove. We want to see just how fabulous you can be!

5. Watch some world premiere films at Queer Screen Film Festival

Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival returns for its 26th year, and with it comes a powerful fusion of LGBTIQ+ characters, stories and filmmakers from all over world. The brilliance and the challenges of being queer will be screened from 13 – 28 February in Sydney before touring to Canberra, Parramatta, Lismore, Newcastle and the Blue Mountains in March and April.

To give you a scope of the calibre on show, the Festival boasts five world premieres, 75 Australian premieres and 15 Sydney premieres, screening 54 feature-length films and 66 short films across 70 sessions in Event Cinemas George Street and venues across Sydney.

When: 13th – 28th February 2019
Where: Many venues across Sydney

6. Comedy Kiki: Queer Comedy Festival

Laugh the night away this year at Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s three-day comedy festival. The event features Rhys Nicholson, Jordan Raskopoulos and Maeve Marsden and invites some of Australia’s most positive voices in the LGBTQI+ community for a giggle.

When: 27th February – 1st March 2019
Where: Darlinghurst Theatre Company

7. Enjoy a day out at Fair Day

The biggest event of the opening weekend of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is, without a doubt, Fair Day. It’s a day for all the family to celebrate the opening of Mardi Gras with a full day of entertainment and picnicking. We will be there all day at the Vodafone stall so come and say hello!

When: 17th February 2019
Where: Victoria Park

All that’s left to do now is pick out the perfect parade costume! We can’t wait to see you at The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2019.

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Chris Fynes

Chris Fynes

Chris is a content creator with a passion for travel and food.