Our guide to the best parties to attend at Sydney Mardi Gras
From the amazing alternative shows at The Sissy Ball to the crazy poolside antics at The Ivy, we have the insider scoop on the best parties to attend during Sydney Mardi Gras!
The jewel in Mardi Gras’ glittering crown is undoubtedly the parade, but there are 16 days of LGBTQI events that surround the big night. Festivities kick off when the rainbow flag is hoisted above Sydney Town Hall two weeks before the parade followed by the Mardi Gras Fair Day on Sunday, at Victoria Park in Camperdown. With so much to attend, here’s our list of not-to-be-missed parties!
FAIR DAY – 17th February 2019
Fair Day’s an out-and-out, full-on fabulous day of fun and adventure where you can chill with a picnic spread, browse the community stalls or kick up your heels and have a dance.
THE SISSY BALL – 23rd February
Australia’s biggest vogue ball returns with more attitude than ever. Style and precision will once again collide on the runway as Sissy Ball takes over Carriageworks with a celebration of self-expression and identity. Rounding out entertainment on the night will be live music, DJs and performing artists.
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THE POOL PARTY – 25th February
Cocktails, tan lines and good times… Every year, the Ivy, Sydney’s most decadent poolside venue fills with local friends and beautiful strangers who’ve just arrived from around the globe for an unforgettable Mardi Gras holiday.
THE MARDI GRAS PARTY – 2nd March
After the spectacular Parade, come and enjoy the night with over 12,000 of your newest and closest friends at the Playbill Venues & Entertainment Quarter! The Mardi Gras Party is Australia’s biggest LGBTQI event of the year. Previous guests have included Conchita and Cher! Kylie is rumoured to be peforming in 2019!
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LANEWAY AFTERPARTY – 3rd March
The ultimate recovery event to close the Mardi Gras festival’s final weekend, Laneway features the hottest DJs, surprise live performances, an eclectic mix of indoor and outdoor party spaces to dance, strut or take the edge off the night before. The Laneway party takes place at The Beresford.