Sydney Mardi Gras is the world’s most joyous and spectacular celebration of LGBTQI pride. Sydney Mardi Gras attracts over 20,000 interstate and international visitors each year, who enjoy a diverse and exciting line-up of events as well as soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the iconic surroundings of Sydney.
With a jam-packed program of events, performances, exhibitions and activities, there’s something for everyone at the world’s most dazzling celebration of pride and diversity, which runs from Friday 20 February to Sunday 8 March, 2015.
The 2015 festival focuses on the theme of ‘PASSION’ and encourages one and all to find your passion – feed it, explore it, express it – shout it from the rooftops! Mardi Gras ’15 will present Sydney with an array of free and ticketed events, including extravagant parties, exceptional comedy and theatre performances, premiere film screenings, insightful panel discussions, and many all-inclusive community events.
MARDI GRAS ’15 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
On Sunday 22 February, 2015, one of the festival’s most treasured and highly anticipated community celebrations, Fair Day, proudly supported by ANZ, will descend once again upon Victoria Park in Chippendale. Every year, more than 80,000 people and their pampered pooches come together for gourmet food, rides for the kids, market stalls, comedy, dance and live music on the main stage. And of course the world-famous DoggyWood dog show will have everyone wagging their tails with glee! When the glorious Sydney sun has set, pack up your picnic and head down to the Newtown and Bank Hotels on King Street for the free After the Fair party.
There are few parties in the world quite like Mardi Gras’ Harbour Party. Diverse, sexy and bursting with energy, the 2015 Harbour Party on Saturday 28 February, 2015 is headlined by Canadian chart-topping ‘Hideaway’ singer, Kiesza. Tickets are already selling fast for this unforgettable event, so don’t miss your chance to dance the night away with 3,000 of your new best friends.
Darling Harbour will be the go-to place for friends and families to get a taste of Mardi Gras. Whether you want to dip your toes or dive right in, Wow Me! It’s Mardi Gras, presented in partnership with Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, will feature a fun-filled program of events like pop-up drag shows and hands-on workshops for the kids, as well as the famous Little Black Dress Run for charity on Sunday 1 March, 2015.
Pool Party at Ivy Pool Club on Monday 2 March, 2015 is set to be the zenith of summertime glamour in Sydney. An intimate and sexy playground, Pool Party’s mantra is maximum style, minimum clothing. Expect a long afternoon of gently swaying palm trees, private cabanas and handsome lifeguards, drifting into an evening of high-end cocktails, poolside DJs, underwater speakers, and even a disco in the change rooms.
The eye-popping, jaw-dropping centrepiece of Mardi Gras is, of course, the Parade. Proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, the 37th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will be held on Saturday 7 March, 2015 and there is no more perfect combination of passion and people. For an extra special viewing experience of the Parade, step right up to Parade Sideshow, a premium spectator spot that offers bars, food stalls, live screens, celebrity hosts, the all important bathrooms, and seating if your feet need a rest. Tickets are available for all ages and there’s even a family ticket bundle. There’s also The Diamond Club, presented in partnership with ANZ, an exclusive viewing area reserved for members of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Following the Parade on Saturday 7 March, 2015 will be the official Mardi Gras Party at Playbill Venues and Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. With a piping hot line-up of DJs and musical acts from across the globe including David Morales (USA), Paul Mac with special guests, Sammy Jo (USA) and JD Samson (USA) (with more to be announced) the Mardi Gras party is the only place to be to keep the celebrations kicking long into the night.
Finally, rounding out the official festival program will be the incredibly popular The Laneway event on Sunday 8 March, 2015. A buzzing indoor/outdoor party that has been a Mardi Gras institution for years, The Laneway is held along the Hill St laneway in Surry Hills, and extends to the Beresford and Flinders Hotels at either end. Celebrate the end of Mardi Gras and recover from the Party the night before with live music, diva drop-ins, pop- up drag shows and a terrific mix of different spaces with top notch DJs.