Dust of your dancing shoes and get your party pants ready ― the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade is on this Saturday.
More than 10,000 people from around the world take part in the event, and the festival itself attracts more than a quarter of a million people. While float participation registration is now closed, there are plenty of great places to watch the festivities unfold.
Kicking off at 7pm from the corner of College and Oxford streets, the parade runs for around four hours so you’ll want to grab yourself a comfy spot to watch all the action.
Organisers of the parade have listed a comprehensive guide to free accessible viewing areas, including amenities, drop off zones and wheelchair access as well as the best public transport options to and from the event.
The Shift Club is opening its doors after the parade goes by, offering shows by Adelaide LES GIRLS legend Vonni with her Boys Chris Haines and Micheal Corbett. Entry is $20.
Stonewall Hotel is hosting a VIP event from 6.30-8pm with canapes, drinks and the parade shown on screens. Prices start from $59.
The Oxford Hotel is hosting a Mardi Gras viewing party from 7pm which is limited to 100 people. For $109 you’ll get a great spot to watch the parade, champagne on arrival and an array of canapes.
Arq Sydney opens its doors at 8.30pm and there is no pre-sale to their party, so get there early.
The official Mardi Gras after party happens at the end of the parade at the Hordern Pavilion and starts at 10pm. 12,000 partygoers gather here to dance the night away until 8am Sunday, and tickets are $159.55.