The streets of Sydney will once again shine with pride and diversity as the iconic Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade returns to Oxford Street, Flinders Street and Anzac Parade on Saturday 2 March 2024. The parade is centred around the 2024 Festival theme Our Future…
Building upon a 45-year history of powerful protest and celebration of LGBTQIA+ lives, the Parade remains a beacon of hope, a display of creativity, and a dazzling show of pride. In 2024, the Parade promises another unforgettable night that shines a global spotlight on the vibrant LGBTQIA+ community.
In 2023, over 250,000 spectators were captivated as more than 12,000 participants took to the streets in a spectacular display of colour, creativity and pride. As always, the Parade will be led by the beloved Dykes on Bikes, First Nations and 78er floats.
Sydney Mardi Gras is now inviting applications to be part of the powerful and glittering event. Parade entries are now open and will be accepted until 5.00pm AEST 14 September 2023. Participants are encouraged to incorporate the 2024 Festival theme Our Future… into their Parade floats.
“Our Future… is not just a theme but a call to action, a bold invitation to define and shape our path forward as a community,” said Gil Beckwith, Acting CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. “It acknowledges our past, but encourages us to envision what comes next.”
“It’s a statement that is open to interpretation and engagement, irrespective of geographical location or physical attendance. It’s our collective journey and story to share.”
Our Future… beckons all to participate, influence, and champion LGBTQIA+ causes. It’s a chance to look forward while honouring the past. It’s about collective ownership and the power to manifest endless possibilities.
The full Festival calendar will be unveiled later in the year and promises to be an exuberant celebration of resilience, diversity, and unity.
The 2024 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade takes place on Saturday 2 March. To submit a 2024 Parade application, visit: www.mardigras.org.au for details.
Image: A participant in the 2023 Mardi Gras Parade – courtesy of SGLMG