Sydney Mardi Gras Parade returns to Oxford Street in 2023

Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade triumphantly returns to Oxford Street for the first time since 2020 and you better believe I’ll be seeing you there.

Mardi Gras was moved to the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2021 due to COVID. But now it’s back in Oxford Street and I have one thing to say: woo hoo!

While based on Mardi Gras takes place every year, this year it will be part of the wider WorldPride event. WorldPride has been taking place since 2000. Essentially a city is chosen every two years to host the celebrations – this is actually the first time anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere has been selected.

Next year it’s Sydney, which means there are even more events to hype for. It also coincides with the 45th year of Mardi Gras. I personally hope they prepare a really big cake.

Gil BeckwithSydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Chief Financial Officer said the team was very excited about Sydney WorldPride.

“Not only will this event showcase the iconic Sydney and NSW area as a premier tourist destination, but it will also raise the profile of the Mardi Gras Festival to an international audience, creating a legacy that will have a significant impact on the growth of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and our community in the coming years,” she said.

According to Sydney WorldPride, the Mardi Gras parade will be the biggest event of the entire festival. I am currently managing my Pinterest board and Instagram saved folders.

While some other WorldPride events cost money to attend, the parade tickets are free.

This year’s theme is “Collect, Dream, Strengthen”. I have no idea how to make that work in an outfit, but I can confirm that the group chat has already started plotting.

The parade will feature 200 floats and 12,000 people, and the team has also promised “bigger floats, lighting and fireworks displays.” I’m unreasonably excited for this event as it won’t be legit until February.

There are events for WorldPride from February 18 to March 5, so plan your schedule accordingly. Some of the highlights include the First Nations Gathering Space at Carriageworks, a Domain Dance Party, and Pride Villages on Crown and Riley Street. And those are literally just a handful of many, many events!

The final event is a Pride March over the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Admission is free, but you must vote to enter.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will be held in Sydney on Saturday 25 February. You can score presale tickets for all WorldPride events from July 11 and general release tickets from July 15.

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