It’s the most colourful time of year – Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is back and in full swing for 2018! There are so many exciting events happening, and lots to experience, so get your glitter on, show your pride, and explore…

1. Get cultured at Queer Art After Hours

Experience the Art Gallery of NSW in a new light while enjoying a range of performances from queer musicians, DJs and more – including Rainbow Chan, Marcus Whale and Brendan de la Hay. But the fun doesn’t stop there – you can take a life drawing class with professional Dominatrix Mistress Tokyo as your model, or take a tongue-in-cheek art tour with Verushka Darling. Find out more at the Art Gallery of NSW website.

When: Wednesday 28th February 2018, 5 – 10pm

Where: Art Gallery of NSW

2. Watch a movie at the Mardi Gras Film Festival

Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival is back for its 25th anniversary – and there are a host of great films lined up this year! With 39 narrative features, 16 documentaries and 12 short films to watch, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Featuring highly anticipated films like Love, Simon, you’re sure to laugh and cry. Check out the full program on Queer Screen’s website.

When: February 15 – March 1.

Where: Various cinemas around Sydney

3. Show your support at the Parade

As always, the ultimate place to show your pride during Mardi Gras is at the Parade on Oxford St. However, this year is particularly special for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – it’s the 40th year that the parade has run.

Look out for the 78ers float – featuring the first members of the LGBT community in Sydney to walk down Oxford St towards Hyde Park in a demonstration for their rights, in what was the original ‘Mardi Gras Parade’. Other highlights include the Dykes on Bikes procession leading the Parade, and the police and military march – plus see if you can spot our Vodafone float in the mix!

If you’re marching this year, make sure your dance moves are ready to go. But if you’re watching, bring something to stand on (like a milk crate), so you don’t miss out on any of the action.

When: Saturday 3rd March 2018, 7pm – 11pm

Where: From Whitlam Square to Moore Park

4. Share LOADs of rainbow decorated selfies

Between the glittery floats at the parade, your awesome costume, and the sheer positive energy of the crowd, now’s the time to get your selfie on! Don’t forget to look out for Vodafone’s special Mardi Gras themed Snapchat filter. We’re all about encouraging an environment where everyone is free to be themselves at work, so the filter will have the theme #BeYourself this year.

5. Go to an unforgettable After Party (especially with Cher!)

The party doesn’t stop after the parade! Head along to the official Mardi Gras Party to continue the fun. (Did we mention Cher will be there?!) The event will be an unmissable opportunity to see Cher perform live – and it also happens to be the biggest LGBTQI party in the Southern Hemisphere!

However, if you missed out on tickets to Cher (which is now SOLD OUT), there are plenty more parties around – including the Unicorns Mardi Party at the Lansdown Hotel and Heaps Gay Queertopia Pardi Gras at Manning Bar.

When: Saturday 3rd March 2018, 8pm – 3am

Where: Various locations around Sydney

6. Laneway (keep the party going the day after the Parade)

If you’re STILL not ready to stop partying, head to Laneway at The Beresford and Flinders Hotel the day after the Parade for the ultimate recovery party. Laneway is a Mardi Gras tradition, and will be full of the hottest DJs and surprise performances – just be sure to grab your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

When: Sunday 4th March 2018, 2pm – 1am

Where: The Beresford & Flinders Hotel

We can’t wait to see all of you at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras!

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Vanessa Hicks

HR Director

Vanessa Hicks,
HR Director