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Sydney Mardi Gras Fearless 2019

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Is Back for 2019, and It’s More Fearless than Ever.

It’s that time again when the streets of Sydney come alive with all the colours of the rainbow. If you’ve never attended a Mardi Gras event before, you’re in for a treat, as the program for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2019 is more diverse than ever. This year’s theme is ‘Fearless’, and commemorates those from years past who have tirelessly advocated for change and recognition of LGBTQIA rights. With over 100 events taking place between the 15th February and the 3rd March, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to join the festivities. We’ve chosen a few ‘must sees’ to get you started.

Club Briefs (20th Feb. – 3rd March)

Cult favourites, Briefs, are back by popular demand, bringing us their unique fusion of glam burlesque circus to a pumping disco soundtrack. This time they’ve brought a bevy of friends with them from around the world to wow us with their circus and cabaret performance skills, as they explore concepts of gender identity, smash stereotypes, and generally keep the audience entertained with high-energy performances and extreme showmanship. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the action. The show is on at the Seymour Theatre and tickets can be booked online.

Strictly Kaftan (Feb 19th)

If 70’s poolside glamour with an ethnic twist is your thing, book your banana chair at the Strictly Kaftan Pool Party. Dressing up is essential for this event, so you’ll need to raid someone’s wardrobe or hit the op shops for the chance to take home a prize for most colourful kaftan, fab muumuu or lounging ensemble, or most outrageous summer accessory. New Zealand’s famous folk-singing comedy sister duo, The Topp Twins will be the hosts for the evening, and you can indulge in an Italian meal at rooftop restaurant, Uccello, where the food is a lot more tasteful than the outfits will be (not a fondue set in sight – we promise). The party will take place at the Ivy Pool Club and tickets are available on the Mardi Gras website.

Oxtravaganza (Feb 23rd)

Whether you’re a shopaholic or not, one thing we can all agree on is that Oxtravaganza is the most fun you can have maxing out your credit card.

For the third year in a row, Oxford Street Darlinghurst will set the stage for shoppers from around the world to unite while being entertained by an array of street performers and DJ’s. Pop in for an impromptu glitz makeover in one of the street’s parlours, or just pick up a drink from the Karma Keg at one of Darlinghurst’s iconic watering holes, the Darlo Bar or the Oxford Hotel. This promises to be one of the most fun events at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2019.

Luna Park Family Fun Day (Sunday 24 February 2019)

Luna Park Family Fun Day is one of the few family-oriented events at Mardi Gras Sydney 2019, and if 2018’s event is anything to go by, it promises to be a sellout success. This year’s party features live entertainment and activities for the whole family, including the Crystal Palace Kids Dance Party in the Grand Ballroom with DJ Kate Monroe, along with special guests Josie Baker (Miss First Nations winner), and a Hula Hoop Disco Workshop led by Heidi Hoops. There’ll also be a creative craft workshop run by a visiting alien, story time, and unlimited rides all day. Luna Park is accessible by ferry. Head over to their website for more details.

Contributor – Linda Paull

Forbidden Sydney LGBTIQ

Sydney’s world-famous Mardi Gras is the evolution of 200 years of gay and lesbian history in Sydney.

Sydney’s world-famous Mardi Gras is the evolution of 200 years of gay and lesbian history in Sydney.

Forbidden Sydney LGBTIQ

Sydney’s world-famous Mardi Gras is the evolution of 200 years of gay and lesbian history in Sydney.