The City of Sydney is a major 2020 sponsor of Sydney Mardi Gras and has entered a float in the parade every year since 2005.
“This year’s Mardi Gras theme asks ‘what matters’ and we answer that it matters that our city is a welcoming and safe place for people who live, work or visit,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
City of Sydney sparkle
The City’s float was decorated in bright, shining sequins featuring 2 LED screens beaming collection of portraits of people living in our diverse city.
More than 80 city staff and friends costumed in sparkling silver marched in the parade, performing a dynamic routine devised by leading LGBTIQ choreographer Eliam Royalness. Other participants carried shimmering neon rainbow hearts announcing the ‘everyone’s welcome’.
Caitlin, Locky and Holly
Sydney’s Mardi Gras began as a protest march in 1978 and has evolved into a powerful celebration of Australia’s colourful gay and lesbian communities and cultures.
Unique and creative costume designs stand out in the crowd. Joel created his costume from pillow stuffing and hand painted rainbow designs.
Natasha and Ruth
Participants travelled from far and wide to attend the parade.
“We are part of the Raio de Sol float, a Canberra community samba band. It’s always humbling to be able to share such an important celebration with our LGBTQIA+ friends and family. And every year I feel so blessed to be part of the awareness-raising event,” Ruth said.
Peach Fuzz and Gabriel Angel relax on the lawns of Hyde Park before the parade.
John at Fair Day
Mardi Gras Fair Day is Sydney’s largest, most vibrant and free queer community event. It kicked off the opening weekend of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival on 16 February.
Colour, colour colour!
More than 80,000 revellers enjoyed this year’s Mardi Gras Fair Day at Victoria Park, Broadway for the most vibrant people watching of the year.
Mahaylia at Fair Day
Communities and families sprawl picnic rugs on the grassy lawns of Victoria Park, Broadway to enjoy live music, food stalls and eclectic markets.
The fun of the fair
With hundreds of stalls and information booths, people joined a new club, engaged in new communities, purchased eccentric fashions and accessories or picked up some leather gear.
The images above were taken at Fair Day on 16 February and the parade on 29 February.