Parade Registration

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a global beacon of diversity, acceptance and LGBTQI rights. We aim to raise the visibility of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex communities. One of the many ways we do this is through the iconic and much loved Mardi Gras Parade. 

2017 Mardi Gras Parade closing show - photo by Hamid Mousa

The Parade is a wonderful opportunity for creative and political expression. It provides an opportunity for LGBTQI individuals, groups and organisations to celebrate who they are and promote a broader message of diversity and acceptance. 

The 40th Annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will be held on Saturday, 3 March 2018 with approximately 12,000 participants and more than 200,000 spectators cheering from the side lines.

Starting at 7:45pm from Whitlam Square (corner of Liverpool and Oxford Streets) the 1.7km route runs from Oxford Street into Flinders Street and ends in Moore Park. The route varies using 2-3 road lanes in width, with some sections being slightly uphill. The Parade will conclude at approximately 11:30pm.

2018 PARADE APPLICATION: IMPORTANT DATES & TIMES

Download our 2018 Parade Applicant Guide HERE.

Parade Applications Open: 10am, Friday 29 September 2017

Applicant Consultations: After application received and prior to Entry Close Date (only if required)

Creative Ideas Workshop: Date to be advised – for Late October

Parade Applications Close: 5pm, Friday 17 November 2017

Applications Review Period: Monday 20 November to Friday 24 November 2017

Applicants Notified: Monday 27 November to Friday 1 December 2017

Application Fee Payment Due: 5pm, Friday 2 February 2018

Entrants Briefing Day: Sunday 11 February 2018

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.

READ OUR PARADE F.A.Q.