Mardi Gras - Sydney
Some of the biggest street parties in the world are the Mardi Gras festivals! The Carnival Festivals in Brazil, Colombia, New Orleans and all over Europe are the most popular and well know, along with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras!
The parade there comprises of over one hundred different floats with around 8,500 people marching and dancing down the street dressed in outrageous costumes, it truly is a spectacular event.
The annual event kicks off on the second Thursday in February with the parade taking place on the first Saturday in March, attracting over 300,000 spectators. Although the parade is on the final night of the festival the festivities do not end here! Almost 15,000 people head to Sydney's Hordern Pavilion for the after party which kicks on well into the morning.
Sydney is always busy with a lot happening, however this weekend is incredible! The vibe in bars and pubs, the colours in the streets and the character of the people is a recipe for a fun and crazy weekend! Oxford Street is packed with men, woman and children of all ages, both straight and gay - all with the intentions of having a good time.
The parade could also be described as a pride march, an opportunity for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community to hit the streets and show everyone that they are proud of who they are. It is also a chance for friends and family to get around the event and support everyone in the community, so if you have any friends that are LGBT, I highly recommend making the trip with them, you are guaranteed to have a ball!
I have been a couple of times, but last year we organised to be on a float - it was insane!!
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