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Parade F.A.Q.

Can I Enter The Parade?

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is a platform for LGBTQI individuals, groups and organisations to celebrate who they are and to communicate a message; and non-LGBTQI individuals, groups and organisations to communicate a message of support for LGBTQI people.


    Eligibility for the Parade falls into the following two categories:

    A) LGBTQI’s
    An entry by a LGBTQI person, a group primarily involving LGBTQI people or an LGBTQI organisation. All LGBTQI organisations must be able to prove they are a LGBTQI organisation whose main aim is to serve or include the LGBTQI community.

    B) Non-LGBTQI
    An entry by individuals or organisations that supports and/or celebrates the rights, achievements, culture and aspirations of the LGBTQI community. These entries must communicate a clear message of support or celebration relating to the LGBTQI community and must not use an abbreviation of LGBTQI. These entries are not to sell themselves and what they do unless they are directly promoting how they support and/or celebrate LGBTQI communities or individuals.
  2. All entries must not be discriminatory, homophobic, racist, sexist or breach any defamation law. Entries will not be accepted from organisations who have demonstrated sexism, homophobia or other forms of discrimination either in the Parade or in their general business.
  3. All entries will need to:
    • Provide a detailed creative concept and supply reference images to ensure the Parade Curatorial Committee has a clear understanding of your concept, artistic ideas, production values and any messages you may like to convey.
    • If your entry will use a vehicle or float you also need to include detailed drawings of all four sides of the vehicle, the layout of marchers in relation to the vehicle/float, and provide any wording you plan to use on signs etc.
    • Outline how your concept relates to the Evolution of Mardi Gras over 40 years.
    • Outline the benefits and relevance of your float to LGBTQI communities.
  4. All entries must meet the messaging, operational, safety and sponsorship guidelines set out by SGLMG. These guidelines are available to download here. SGLMG reserves the right to refuse participation to entries that have breached Parade regulations in previous years.

Limited Participant and Float numbers

As we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, we are already hearing from an unprecedented number of groups keen to join us in the 2018 Parade. Each year the Parade is restricted to a maximum number of floats and participants. With limited form-up space available at the Start Area, SGLMG works closely with the NSW Police, Transport Management, City of Sydney and other key stakeholders to allow for maximum participation, ensuring the overall safety and security for all parade participants within the Start Area.

To ensure there is as many diverse LGBTQI groups marching in the 2018 Parade, with a strong LGBTQI message, each parade entry or float will be capped at a maximum of 80 participants and parade entrants will be selected by our Curatorial Committee. We thank you for your understanding and we look forward to working with you to deliver the biggest and best Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

How Do I Apply?

To apply to be part of the 2018 Parade you will need to:


After your application is received, you may be contacted by a Mardi Gras 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 your creative ideas.

We may also speak with you if you have incomplete information, or your entry does not meet the parade criteria.  SGLMG will discuss any issues with you to reach a solution before a final decision will be made. This consultation may result in a slight modification of your entry.

We highly recommend submitting your Application form early to allow time for a consultation if necessary.

If you would like help in developing your creative ideas, concept and float, props and costume design we encourage you to attend the Creative Ideas Workshop. Representatives from Mardi Gras and the community will be on hand to help you develop your 2018 concept. The Creative Ideas Workshop will be held in late October.

Our Curatorial Committee with representatives from both SGLMG and our community will assess all applications to determine which entries will be accepted into the 2018 Parade.

LGBTQI organisations will get first preference and all applications will be assessed on:

Under no circumstances will SGLMG alter or make exceptions to the entry criteria to match an individual or groups application.· If we receive more applications than our total capacity allows and your application has met the selection criteria, the curatorial committee may review your application based on previous Parade history and support of LGBTQI communities.

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 how to collect participant wristbands, your exact arrival time and entry location. It also includes details on your position in the Parade and the approximate time your float will leave the start area.

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.

  1. Submit a completed Application Form by 5PM Friday 17 November 2017
    • Your creative concept
    • Previous history of participating in the Parade
    • Benefit and relevance to LGBTQI communities
    • Relevance to the 40th anniversary
  2. Consultation
  3. Attend the Creative Ideas Workshop
  4. Selection Process
    • Meeting the Eligibility criteria
    • Providing a well-designed, creative concept
    • Ability to plan and deliver the creative concept including budget
    • Benefit and relevance to LGBTQI communities
    • Relevance to the 40th anniversary
  5. Notification
    • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their entry from 27 NOV to 1 DEC 2017.
    • If you are successful in your application you will be sent an approval notification with details of your entry fee. Payment must be received by 5PM FRI 2 FEB 2018
    • If you are successful in your application you may continue to make changes to your entry or float in consultation with SGLMG up until 5PM FRI 12 JAN 2018.
    • If a decision is made not to accept your application, this will be explained.
  6. Attend the Entrants Briefing Day
  7. Liaising with SGLMG
What Is The Application Fee?

SGLMG 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 2ND FEBRUARY 2018.

Final entry into the Parade will not be granted until your application fee payment has been received by SGLMG. Fees for 2018 are as follows:

  1. INDIVIDUAL – $55
    A single member of the LGBTQI community or group of up to five.
  2. COMMUNITY GROUP / NOT-FOR-PROFIT with 40 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. COMMUNITY GROUP / NOT-FOR-PROFIT with 41 to 80 people – $320
    This includes groups of friends, community members and organisations which are not-for-profit including sporting clubs, social groups and support groups.
    This includes LGBTQI commercial businesses, non-LGBTQI organisations that support the LGBTQI community or Government organisations

Please note: Additional requirements outside the scope of the Parade Entry Guidelines apply to businesses wishing to participate. Businesses may need to be considered under our commercial partnership arrangements. Please contact parade@mardigrasarts.org.au if this is relevant before submitting an application form.


If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact the Mardi Gras Parade team on parade@mardigrasarts.org.au or call the Mardi Gras office on (02) 9383 0900.