Let's Get The Party Started! Your Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 Main Event Guide
Sydney Mardi Gras is here, making the city's streets a lot more colourful until March 1. Here are the events you won't want to miss during the country's biggest celebration of inclusivity.
The Mardi Gras 2020 party will keep you dancing from until March, with the main event taking over Oxford St on Saturday, February 29.
This year's theme is WHAT MATTERS!, to acknowledge how far the LGBTQI community has come ... and how much work there is still left to do to achieve diversity, inclusivity and belonging.
Check out the full event guide on the Mardi Gras official website, but here's 10 daily's selection of the parties you won't want to miss this year.
- Sunday, February 16, Victoria Park
The vibrant, FREE, community event will be held at Victoria Park on Sunday, February 16. Join the 80,000 strong crowd for the massive summer picnic.The fun begins at 10.40 am until late.
- Saturday, February 29 6.30 pm to 11 pm
- Flinders Street, Sydney CBD
The best place to view the Parade! This family-friendly area promises a premium view of the main event from either standing or seated areas and will offer running commentary as the party continues. The venue also has access to exclusive bars, food and bathrooms (the most important thing!).
THE BIGGEST PARTY
- Saturday, February 29 10 pm to Sunday, March 1, 8 am
- Hordern Pavilion and surrounding venues, Moore Park
After the parade, there is the biggest LGBTQI dance party in the Southern Hemisphere -- the official Mardi Gras party. The lineup includes Dua Lipa, Kesha, Sam Smith and Brazilian Drag icon Pabllo Vittar. The event takes over the Hordern Pavilion and surrounding venues.
QUEENS CROSS HOTEL
- Saturday, February 15, 12 pm to Sunday, March 1, 11:30 pm
- Kings Cross Hotel, Potts Point
The Kings Cross Hotel will change its name for the entire Mardi Gras Festival. This year's celebrations is "a nod to every person in and supporting the LGBTQAI+ community, to every person that voted yes, and to everyone that has stood up for equality," the hotel says. The celebrations will also raise money for Twenty10, an organisation that provides support to young people in the LGBTQ community.
THE BIG UNDERWEAR PARTY
- Thursday, February 27, 9 pm to Friday, February 28, 5 am
- ARQ Sydney, Darlinghurst
Sydney's biggest underwear party is back again for round two. The event organisers promise it will be bigger, better and sweatier than before. Clothes are very much optional for this one.
GREEN PARK HOTEL
- Monday, February 24, 12 pm to Sunday, March 1, 11.59 pm
- Green Park Hotel, Darlinghurst
The Green Park Hotel will host an entire week of free events. Speed dating, Drag Trivia with the Liquor Sisters and The Ultimate Drag Bingo are on the menu this year.
LAUGH OUT PROUD
- Thursday, February 27, 7 pm
- York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Chippendale
When your feet get too sore from dancing, put them up and laugh with some of the funniest queer comedians including Zoë Coombs Marr, Rhys Nicholson, Tom Ballard and Myra DuBois.
THE WHITE PARTY
- Friday, February 28, 10 pm
- Home The Venue, Darling Harbour
RuPaul's Drag Race royalty, Alyssa Edwards will bring her Supreme Show to Australia's biggest superclub. Spread across the club's three levels, the party will be hosted by Karen From Finance.
BROKEN HEEL X THE IMPERIAL
- Friday, February 28, 10 pm to Saturday, February 29, 3 am
- The Imperial Hotel, Erskineville
The queens from the Broken Heel Festival are coming to the Big Smoke for an all-night basement party.
The Imperial Hotel's Priscillas will also host Drag N' Dine, specially curated by the queens for the night.
- Saturday, February 29, 10 pm
- Ivy, Sydney CBD
The classic doof party is going 'intergaylactic' for its parade after-party this year. The surprise of the night will be the headline DJ, who will be announced on the night.
- Saturday, February 29, 11 pm
- Oxford Hotel, Darlinghurst
Sometimes you just want to belt out a diva anthem. Dress up as Cher, Mariah, Whitney, Celine or Beyonce and don't forget your voice.
- Sunday, March 1, 2 pm to 11 pm
- The Beresford and Hill Street Laneway, Surry Hills
The traditional laneway street party is back and better than ever. Across multiple dancefloors, the best local DJs and pop-up acts will be on deck to farewell another year of pride.