Parade night at the Imperial is a multi-level celebration of queer diversity. For the best seats in the house, the Up Bar is hosting a VIP Parade Viewing Party, which includes a delicious drink on arrival, an Italian grazing feast, and a five-hour bottomless beverage package (5-10pm). Your host is none other than Drag Race’s “glamour bug bitch” Etcetera Etcetera. Not feeling very important? Never mind, there’s a Basement Parade Viewing Party too, with Imperial grande dames Farren Heit and Doreen Managini (5-10pm), a Drag N' Dine event, an Impy Gras Party – and, for the next day, a Recover, Reheat & Repeat party. It's going to go off on every level.
Sydney’s sparkliest night of nights will be bigger and sparklier than ever, thanks to the huge Sydney WorldPride event that envelops it. The 45th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is on Saturday, February 25, 2023. No more Sydney Cricket Ground diversions – this year, it returns, in all its rainbow glory, to Oxford Street.
You don’t need to be at the actual parade to get amongst the Mardi Gras magic. The rainbow will be shining all over Sydney, there are plenty of venues throwing parties where you can have a colourful time all day, watch the ABC’s live parade coverage on a big screen in the evening, and boogie on down into the wee hours with DJs, drag and queer performers.
Ready to celebrate LGBTQIA+ pride? Here's where the best parties are coming out.