Guide to the Mardi Gras

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It’s that time of year, the annual Mardi Gras Festival is back on! The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Parade is the fantastic finale to the festival but there is so much more happening. From theatre production to parties, check it out below.

Gaybies Theatre Production

In the spirit of Mardi Gras, the Darlinghurst Theatre Company is showing, “Gaybies”. Gaybies is a true to life show about growing up with gay parents. Helpmann Award winner, Dean Bryant has written and directed a show that has taken interviews from four to forty year olds and brought them to the stage. The accounts are honest and told with humour to shed light on a life many of us have not experienced. This show is a gateway for the audience to gain insight into the gay community and get in the spirit of Mardi Gras.

Next shows are between February 24th and March 8th. Prices and tickets are available on their website.

Eternity Playhouse
39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

Harbour Party

For partygoers this years Harbour Party is set to be a night to remember, with the likes of Samantha Jade, Canada’s Keisza and many more fantastic performers. The Royal Botanical Gardens will be hosting this glittery party by the harbor with the stunning Opera House in sight and plenty of drinks in hand. This years lineup will include the special performances of Kiesza from Canada and Australia’s Samantha Jade. Plus Bimbo Jones led by Lee Dagger (UK) and our Aussie entertainers Kitty Glitter, Dan Murphy and Du Jour.

Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point
Saturday 28 February, 3-11pm
Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, NSW 2000

Ivy Pool Party

To celebrate summer whilst looking glamorous, consider spending the day at the Ivy Pool Club Party. An exclusive party in the heart of Sydney above suspecting eyes. As with all good adult pool parties, there will be beats and lots of booze. Think cocktails, DJ’s, palm trees, cabanas and lots of sexy people! The line up of Dj’s will be announced soon so keep your eyes on the Mardi Gras website. This party is selling fast, with the last round of pre-sale tickets on sale now.

Ivy Pool Club Bar
Monday 2nd March, 2-11 PM
Level 4, 320 George Street , Sydney, NSW, 2000


The 37th Annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is so close you can almost see the glitter! A staggering 10, 000 fabulous particpants will be strutting, singing and dancing in the street for one spectacular night of entertainment. One can only imagine the sequins, costumes, neon lights, dances and music that will be produced for this annual extravaganza. Bars along Oxford Street and Flinders Street will be selling seats at a premium price to get you right next to the action, in the spirit of the festival and provide the cocktails.

Oxford & Flinders Streets, Darlinghurst
Saturday 7th March, 7.45pm start

Bitter Phew Vantage Point

Bitter Phew is a craft beer bar that sits above Oxford Street with windows looking out onto the parade. The 1920’s New York themed bar are hosting an exclusive Mardi Gras themed night on the 7th of February. Only 50 tickets available so get in quick! Book Here 

Bitter Phew
1/137 Oxford street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia 2010
(The Doorway between Saigon Vietnamese and Alice Thai Restaurants)

Mardi Gras Parade After Party

When the Parade finishes and the weary go home, it’s time for the biggest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI) party in the Southern Hemesphere. Leading the show this year will be International TV star, singer and songwriter, Danni Minogue, multi-talented recording artist Nick Jonas, powerhouse vocalist Jessica Mauboy, filthy/gorgeous Jake Shears with drag superstar Courtney Act, and the poptastic Betty Who. They join a roster of superstar local and international DJ’s to keep you dancing all night long.
Playbill Venues and Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
Saturday 7 March, 10pm – 8am

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