If you happen to be in Sydney this weekend, make sure you stop by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Now in its 36th year, the parade is one of the biggest events for the LGBT community, with around 10,000 glittered individuals parading down Oxford Street each year. So be sure to wave your rainbow flags as we all scream our lungs out to Kylie!
The Parade is this Saturday, 1st March and is completely FREE. The parade kicks off at 7:45pm from Whitlam Street, continues up Oxford Street and Flinders Street and ends at Moore Park. If you’re not lucky enough to be on a float or at The Flinders Seat, the best place to see the parade and soak up all the atmosphere is on Oxford Street.
Public transport is the best way to get into the city, as there will be numerous road closures and clear ways along Oxford Street, Flinders Street, College Street and Liverpool Street.
If you’re travelling by train, the closest stations to Oxford Street are St James, Town Hall and Central as Museum Station will be closed from 17:00 until 04:00 the following day.
If you are travelling by bus, there will be additional bus services operating until 03:00 the following day. Make sure you check if any of the road closures or clear ways affect your bus route.
Read here for further information about getting there and getting home.
Oxford Street is surrounded by tonnes of fantastic bars and nightclubs! Whether you’re after a pre-Mardi Gras cocktail or a post-Mardi Gras rave, there is sure to be something for you here:
The Pocket Bar - Burton Street, Darlinghurst
If you’re after a more chilled atmosphere before the action starts, be sure to drop by this lovely small bar. They make wonderful cocktails and they're only two minutes away from all the action on Oxford Street!
The Beresford Hotel - Bourke Street, Surry Hills
With a classy pub-like atmosphere, lovely courtyard and dance floor upstairs, this will be a crowd favourite during Mardi Gras. This one is a little further away from Oxford Street but is definitely worth checking out.
The Imperial Hotel – Erskineville Road, Erskineville
For something a little bit different that combines Priscilla Queen of the Desert without the crowds of Oxford Street, check out what the inner-west has to offer!
Stonewall - Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
If you’re looking for the ultimate Mardi Gras party, Stonewall is the place to go. Amongst the action on Oxford Street, this will be sure to fill up during Mardi Gras. Expect drag queens, lots of glitter and Gaga. Tickets range from $20-$30.
Cliff Dive – Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Think tropical wonderland meets underground nightclub. Located on Oxford Street, this hidden gem offers a number of great cocktails and if you get peckish, don’t sweat dumplings are available all night.
For further information, visit the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras website.