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2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season.

Written by Aksel Ritenis

2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season.

At Sydney Town Hall it was revealed that Mardi Gras festivities would start on Friday 14th February 2020 and will run until the 1st March 2020 with the Grand Parade happening on 29th February 2020.

Interim CEO Grant Lowe announced that the 2020 theme is ‘What Matters’ which highlights the legacy of Mardi Gras as a  platform for activism and hopes to encourage the public  to build an even more inclusive future, especially after the marriage equality legislation,

Creative Director Kat Dopper announced that there would be over 100 events crammed into the seventeen-day duration. The Festival Hub, as well as many of the forums and discussions, will be at the Seymour Centre.

The Headline Act for the Mardi Gras Party is Dua Lipa.

As well as the Parade, queer performances, a film festival, and lecture and panel discussions, there are other events that are expected to attract large crowds.

These signature events include Fair Day on 16th February, kaftan party on 19th February, Sissy Ball on 22nd February, Family Fun Day at Luna Park on 23rd February, Pool Party on 24th February, Mardi Gras party at the Hordern Pavilion on the 29th February and ‘Laneway’ which will be held on the Beresford and Hill streets Laneway on 1st March, 2020.

The media launch was hosted by Bob Downe and Karen From Finance and some of the featured artists came on stage to pose for group photos.

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Stunning weather and a city that celebrates its diversity make Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras the jewel in the party season crown.

Whether you’re seamlessly slipping it into a bigger journey or making it the feature focus, your visit to Sydney will be a stand out adventure you’ll never forget.

You are invited, from every corner of the world, to join us for our incredible 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season.

With a season-spanning three weekends from Friday 14 February to Sunday 1 March 2020, you can experience everything from parties, performing arts, visual arts, social and community events to sporting events.

Our LGBTQI communities will sparkle in the sunlight at FAIR DAY on Sunday 16 February, and our massive PARADE and PARTY is happening on Saturday 29 February.

Sign up to our e-newsletter for updates, and if you want exclusive ticket offers and other exciting ways to be involved, get closer to Mardi Gras by becoming a member.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Australia’s largest celebration of its diverse LGBTQI communities, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras brings a burst of colour and creativity to the city each year. Above all, it’s a festival about love, so it’s the perfect opportunity to show your love for Sydney and NSW.

In 2020, Mardi Gras runs from 14 February to 1 March and the theme is What Matters. It encourages you to share what is important, create community and fight for the issues that matter. The program boasts international artists such as Sam Smith, dazzling dance parties, mind-bending workshops and immersive theatre.

Mardi Gras Parade

The festival culminates in the spectacular Mardi Gras Parade on 29 February. This iconic procession down Oxford Street has 200 groups and floats with glittering costumes, fabulous drag queens, animated performances and pumping music. Up to 300,000 people line the street to watch the show.

Mardi Gras events

There are plenty of other events to enjoy across the city. There will be live music, food and special offers along Oxford Street for OXTRAVAGANZA on 22 and 23 February. Kids will enjoy the Family Fun Day at Luna Park on 23 February. Soak up the sunshine and DJ tunes at the Pool Party at Ivy Pool Club on 24 February.

Queer Art After Hours turns the Art Gallery of NSW into a creative wonderland on 26 February. If you like cabaret, laugh, dance and cry along to the extraordinary and empowering Hot Brown Honey from 25-28 February, or catch the legendary Yummy ensemble in their latest show, Yummy Unleashed, from 26-28 February.

Queer Screen’s 27th Mardi Gras Film Festival runs until 27 February in multiple cinemas across Sydney. Until 29 February, immerse yourself in the pioneering style of Aussie designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson at the Powerhouse Museum. You’ll even see how they made their Mardi Gras float.

About the author

Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times

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