Photos by Denver Mottau.

Sydney celebrates 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras at Victoria Park

Festivities kicked-off last weekend at Victoria Park in Camperdown to mark the beginning of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian celebrations in favour of the yes vote. Following 40 years of passion, pride and protest, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade scheduled for Saturday 3 March 2018 promises to be the most colourful and spectacular yet.

With over 200 floats showcasing the best of LGBTQI creativity, groups and allies from all walks of life will be there to cheer-on the 12,000 participants that make up the parade including Dykes on Bikes, outrageous drag queens, and a wide variety of community heroes and pollies to balance the wit, sense of theatre and drama that becomes the parade. The extravaganza of skills, talent and music will be sure to lift the spirits of spectators at the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’s biggest night of the year.

The Parade begins at 7.30pm and end at approximately 11.30pm starting at Whitlam Square, travelling along Oxford Street, turning right into Flinders Street and finishing at Moore Park. On the day, all the major roads along and surrounding the parade route from CBD to Moore Park will close from 5pm and remain closed until 4am the following day.

There will be an enhanced police presence and strict enforcement of the alcohol-free policy.

An estimated 300,000 spectators are expected to be watching and cheering Sydney’s largest and most entertaining night parade on March 3.