ABOUT the parade - saturday 4 march 2017
The 39th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will be held on Saturday, 4th March 2017 with approximately 12,000 participants and more than 250,000 spectators cheering from the sidelines.
As always, the Parade will start at 7:30pm from Whitlam Square, Sydney (corner of Liverpool and Oxford Streets) and end at Moore Park. The 1.7km route runs from Oxford Street onto Flinders Street down to Moore Park, varying from 2-3 road lanes width some sections being slightly uphill.
The Start Marshalling Area for Parade Entrants is within the south Hyde Park, Sydney precinct. Access into this area will be available from 4:00pm to 7:00pm with Entrant wristbands or a vehicle pass.
At a constantly moving forward pace, it takes approximately 40 minutes for Entrants to march from start to finish.
The End Breakdown Area for Parade Entrants is within the Moore Park complex, approximately across the Allianz Stadium.
2017 SEASON THEME: CREATING EQUALITY
By its very definition, EQUALITY ensures everyone is treated fairly and equally - and no-one is discriminated against for their sexuality, sex, gender identity, race, beliefs, age or abilities.
Mardi Gras has a proud 39-year history of highlighting and fostering rights and equality for LGBTQI individuals and communities. In 2017 we’ll celebrate all that has been achieved, and shine our spotlight brightly on ways we can work together to eliminate discrimination and prejudice in all its forms.
Throughout our spectacular Mardi Gras Festival we’ll showcase our amazing LGBTQI diversity and difference, and unite in CREATING EQUALITY by highlighting areas in which we’re still not treated equally.