Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras charges a small fee to Entrants to meet a small proportion of the core costs of staging the Parade. Fees are set according to the size and type of the Entry. Fee payments must be paid after your Application has been approved and before 5pm Friday 10th February 2017. Entry into the Parade will not be granted until registration fee payment has been received by SGLMG.

Fees for 2017 are as follows:

1. Individual member of the LGBTQI community or group of up to 5 people - $55

2. A Community Group or Not-For-Profit Organisation with 60 people or less - $160. This includes groups of friends, community members and organisations which are not-for-profit including sporting clubs, social groups  and support groups.

3. A Community Group or Not-For-Profit Organisation with 61 people or more - $320. his includes groups of friends, community members and organisations which are not-for-profit including sporting clubs, social groups  and support groups.

4. LGBTQI Business or Government organisation - $650.

Please note: There are additional requirements and checks relating to non-LGBTQI businesses participating that fall outside the scope of this Parade Entry Kit, and are considered under commercial sponsorship arrangements and partnerships. If you would like to become a sponsor of Mardi Gras, please contact the Mardi Gras office.


To apply to be part of the 2017 Parade you need to:

1. Submit a completed Application Form by 5pm Friday 6 January 2017.

These are designed to give a brief outline of your plans for the 2017 Parade. Your ideas do not need to be fully formed, but as a starting point to discuss. If you can please include design, drawing, and /or mood board of the float.

2. Participate in a consultation

 After your Application is received and reviewed, you will be contacted by a representative to discuss your eligibility, artistic ideas, production tips, potential collaborations with similar groups and maximising your message. This is a chance to enhance the original submission with more images and further develop the creative ideas. Once this is complete, we will review any changes and then send you an approval notification with details for entry fee payment. Some changes may be made in consultation with SGLMG up until 5pm Friday 13 January 2017.

3. Attend the Entrants Briefing Day

This day is designed to provide Entrants with the opportunity to clear up any remaining questions after viewing a quick presentation on how Parade Day works. You will also collect your Entrants Pack, which contains information on your time and location for arrival, and wristbands for your Entry’s participants required on Parade Day.

4. Attend the Float Marshals Training Session

This day is designed to provide Float Marshals with the necessary information, skills and accreditation to act as official liaison between Entrant group and SGLMG on Parade night. We will also introduce Marshals to their assigned Block Leader who will be the primary contact on the night.

5.  Problems with the application

If there are problems with your application (including incomplete information, or your entry does not meet the parade criteria), SGLMG will discuss the relevant issues with you in an attempt to reach a solution before a final decision is made. This consultation may result in a slight modification of your entry. SGLMG will not under any circumstances alter or make exceptions to the entry criteria to match the application. If a decision is made to reject your application, this will be explained. If you would like this decision reviewed, you can contact parade@mardigrasarts.org.au and your decision will be reviewed by a panel. This panel consists of the CEO, Parade Producer and a Board member. The panel will not review a rejected entry if the applicant does not respond to our request for more information prior to the closing date of applications. If the application is rejected, we will refund your entry fee.

6. Liaising with SGLMG

When liaising with SGLMG Staff and volunteers, please show respect and follow their directions and requests.  Any inappropriate behaviour (such as verbal abuse) will result in an application withdrawal.

Please note that we are reviewing and approving applications as they are received. We have a limited operational capacity so we highly recommend submitting your Registration form early to secure your participation in the Parade.