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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the world’s most joyous and extravagant celebration of LGBTQI pride. The celebration brings a diverse and exciting line-up of events to soak up the festive atmosphere and enjoy the iconic surroundings of Sydney.

Sydney Mardi Gras Parade at Sydney Cricket Ground

Sydney Mardi Gras Festival 2022

The Mardi Gras Parade is among one of the most anticipated events during Mardi Gras It celebrates the colourful collision of creativity and culture across communities, uniting hundreds of thousands of revellers for the biggest night on the LGBTQI+ calendar. 200 mesmerising groups are set to dazzle and delight, inviting everyone into a world of all things queer, camp, glamour and glitz.

The parade is also a symbol of protest, standing up for those who have marched the streets over the past decades. It’s a demonstration of what truly matters to LGBTQI+ lives around the globe now, as we set sights into the future.

Parade Dates 2022

The Mardi Gras Parade will take place on Saturday 5th March at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The move means that Mardi Gras organisers can adjust to whatever restrictions will be in place come Saturday, March 5, 2022 — scaling up or down depending on the permitted crowd capacity.

Enjoy the Mardi Gras experience

Mardi Gras is a religious holiday and a family affair. Drinks are available absolutely anywhere at any time of the day or night. There isn’t a strict dress code so you can pretty much wear anything you like. It has also sometimes been labelled as the greatest free show on Earth.

Not only are the parades on Mardi Gras Day arguably the most authentic and beautiful, but the warm up shows and after parties are also popular attractions that are coming to fruition in 2022.

kaftana Pool Party, Ivy Pool, Sydney

Steam your muumuus and dust off your chunky costume jewellery, Kaftana Party is back.  This year we’re the iconic Ivy Pool is being transformed into the ultimate retro summer daydream. This year the esteemed Best Dressed Awards will make their return, so pull out your best frocks and turn all the tricks. The night will also have an array of top producing local DJ’s to sweeten festive mood. Kaftana Pool Party 2022 will be held on Wednesday 23rd Feb 2022 between 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm AEDT. First release tickets remain on sale from $50 per person. Perched atop Ivy complex in the middle of Sydney’s CBD, Ivy Pool Bar is a little slice of heaven inspired by the Italian coastline.

Laugh Out Proud Comedy Event at Enmore Theatre, NSW

Silence your phones and grab your cocktails and enjoy a warm up set of laughs at the Enmore Theatre on Friday 25th February. Shining bright from Enmore Theatre, the one-night-only showcase will bring you a melting pot of fan favourites, funny faithfuls, and rising stars of the Australian queer comedy scene. Following sold-out shows in 2020 and 2021, snap up your tickets to the queerfully picked and appropriately outrageous Laugh Out Proud.

Mardi Gras Laneway After Party at Hotel Beresford Hotel, Sydney

Wrap up your Mardi Gras weekend with the campest curb-side tradition, Laneway.  Unite for one-last-time as we bid farewell to Mardi Gras 2022 with our beloved recovery party.  Spread across both levels of The Beresford and spilling out onto Hill Street, it’s bound to be an ending you’ll never forget.

Mardi Gras is working closely with NSW Health and the venue to deliver a COVID-Safe event.  For FAQs, visit

Sydney Hotel Accommodation for Mardi Gras

Make Mardi Gras 2022 a memorable one with our special promotion from Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney. The IHG Hotel has all the modern comforts you would expect of a 4-star hotel, with an enviable location in the heart of Sydney, sparkling harbour views, an IHG Way of Clean policy to health and sanitisation, plus only a short 10 minute drive from the Sydney Cricket Ground and popular Darlinghurst dining outlets.

Celebrate your stay with up to 35%* off accommodation during the Sydney Mardi Gras at holiday inn potts point when you book by 31 January 2022.


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