Happy Mardi Gras! The rainbow flag raising ceremony hosted by Lord Mayor Clover Moore is the first official welcoming event of the festival each year.
The rainbow flag originated in San Francisco about 30 years ago. The flag was designed by artist Gilbert Baker for the Californian city’s Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Since then, it has become a worldwide emblem of gay pride and gay-friendly areas. The red in the flag symbolises life, while orange signifies healing, yellow is for sunlight, green represents nature, blue stands for harmony and violet signifies spirit.
City of Sydney is proud to show its support for its many LGBTQI residents, workers and visitors. As a government partner of Sydney’s Mardi Gras Festival, the City will fly the rainbow flag above Sydney Town Hall throughout the 2018 Festival from Friday 16 February until Sunday 4 March.