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Sydney Mardi Gras Parade 2021 at the SCG
Photograph: Sydney Mardi Gras/Anna Kucera

Mardi Gras is back with a beautiful program

Here's our rundown of all the best Sydney Mardi Gras events happening in 2022

Alannah Maher
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Time Out editors
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Alannah Maher
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The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival is back, baby. The 2022 program looks a little different to what we had come to expect in the Beforetimes, but organisers have still found a way to bring all the joy, colour, sparkle and unity Sydneysiders expect from the annual LGBTQIA+ celebration.

Just like last year, the crowning jewel of the festivities, the 44th Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, March 5, won't be taking the usual path down Oxford Street. Instead, a ticketed event at the Sydney Cricket Ground will mean a crowd-controlled promenade of fabulosity. 

After being put on hiatus last year, Mardi Gras Fair Day is back to kick things off on Sunday, February 20 with an all-day, all-ages mix of picnic, party, music and markets.

This year’s festival runs from February 18 to March 6, and we’re rounding up our fave picks of the Mardi Gras season below.

If you're coming from out of town, make sure to book yourself into one of the best hotels in Sydney. Need to have an ocean dip and even out that tan in between parties? Check out the best gay beaches in Sydney

Want to party right now? Head to these judgement-free queer pubs and clubs in Sydney.

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Sydney

  • Nightlife

The Inner West's home of drag queens and good times is going all out to celebrate Queer Christmas, with a battalion of drag superstars coming to the Impy in a riot of lip synching, sashaying, put-downs and partying. For Mardi Gras week (Mar 1-6) the Drag n’ Dine production will pay homage to the classic movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (which was partly filmed at the Imperial Hotel). It will feature Rupaul’s Drag Race Down Under stars Art Simone and Jojo Zaho alongside a bevy of queens from the Imperial drag family. Check out ome more Mardi Gras highlights at the Imperial Erskineville here.

 

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  • Museums
  • History

Hyde Park Barracks is hosting a special Thursday night shindig for Mardi Gras. The museum promises a queer-friendly program featuring live music, talks, performance and art that reflect and champion the diverse community. Get down for a sonic tour, hammock story time, food trucks, great music and hidden stories from Sydney's queer history.

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