The Sydney Mardi Gras Parade returns to Oxford Street in 2023

For two years that mean Mrs. Rona had kicked the civil servant Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade from its original path through Oxford Street and into the Sydney Cricket Ground for a ticketed spectacle. But that detour will be corrected in 2023, with news that the Parade will return to its physical and spiritual home on Sydney’s Pink Mile in time for Sydney World Pride. Some 12,000 protesters and 200 floats will grace Oxford Street for the first time since 2020. Expect all your Parade favourites, such as the famous rumble of the Dykes on Bikes. We can almost smell the fumes!

Just like in the good old days, there will be plenty of free viewing areas where you can see all the sparkle and color without spending a dime (unless you factor in the exorbitant entry fees most clubs charge on Parade night). In addition, there will be premium viewing areas with access to exclusive food, drinks and bathrooms.

The news was announced today on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, where nearly 1,000 Sydneysiders in bright colors gathered to create a giant human progress flag. Today’s date, June 24, marks the 44th anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 1978 – a pride demonstration that ended in brutality.

When Sydney Mardi Gras joins forces with the highly anticipated Sydney World Pride in the New Year (17 February – 5 March), more than 500,000 local residents and visitors are expected to participate, making it the largest event in Sydney since the Olympic Games 2000.

In addition to the parade, the festival program includes many beloved events and a lot of new ones, including parties, sporting events and art experiences. Tickets go on sale from July 15th and you can check it all out at

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