It’s time to paint the town rainbow! This year will mark the 40th Anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and it’s going to be quite a party.
What began in 1978 as a bloody and tearful riot  has evolved into a riot of spandex, glitter and celebration.
While the parade is still the centrepiece and best known aspect of Mardi Gras, the two week long festival attracts thousands of tourists and hosts world-class talent. The program includes dramatic theatre, musical stage shows, live performance, exhibitions, seminars, social events, film and more.
This year’s Mardi Gras emerges out of the dust of the tumultuous Marriage Equality debate and same-sex nuptials is a notable theme. So too is acknowledgement of participants in the original protest march, known as the 78ers. Many of those still living have been sought out and invited to be part of a special commemorative float in the parade.
The woman creating a buzz as big as her own hair, Cher, will finally make her debut appearance at the parade and party after years of toil and effort to bring her Down Under.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is inclusive of all minority groups and advocates acceptance, recognition and unity. The parade represents a spectrum of diverse people and interests.
This 40 year milestone is testament to the resilience, cohesion, strength and integrity of the LGBTQI+ community – and everyone is invited to the party.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

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