2023 Mardi Gras Community Cast

Be part of the Mardi Gras Community Float or the hallmark Mardi Gras Party Midnight Show.

We are opening auditions to dancers in our communities who would like to volunteer as a part of Mardi Gras’ 2023 hallmark performances – the Mardi Gras Community Float (Parade) or The Midnight Show (Party).

These world-renowned performances continue to celebrate LGBTQIA+ identities, advocate for equality, and promote diverse voices by upholding a longstanding tradition of protest, cheekiness, celebration and most of all, pride. These shows continue to be performed by volunteers to ensure representation, and accessible skill levels.

If you have big dreams of dancing your way down the world’s largest LGBTQIA+ night-time parade with thousands of spectators cheering you on from the sidelines, this is your chance.

You will travel the Parade route, starting from Whitlam Square, passing through our iconic Oxford Street and Taylor Square, all the way down Flinders Street to Drivers Triangle and Anzac Parade. You will perform a short, choreographed routine multiple times throughout the route.

As part of this, you may be required to wear a custom fitted costume, makeup and hair. You will also be required to agree to the 2023 Parade Entrants Terms & Conditions.

The Parade will be recorded for broadcast on television and online web stream by the official SGLMG broadcast partner, as well as photographed by SGLMG and various media outlets. If selected, you will be required to sign a supplementary release form.

On Parade day (Sat 25 Feb 2023), you will be required from approximately 2pm until 11pm.

If you have big dreams of performing at Australia’s longest running, and largest overnight LGBTQIA+ Party this is your chance.

You will perform on the Hordern Pavilion stage in an eight-to-ten-minute choreographed performance.

As part of this you may be required to wear a custom fitted costume, makeup and hair and attend six to eight rehearsals.

On the show day (Sat 25 Feb 2023) you will be required from 9pm until 1am, Sunday 26 February 2023. In exchange for your performance, you’re welcome to stay on at the Party and celebrate.

Positions in the Mardi Gras Community Float and Midnight Show are subject to demand and available positions. Dancers can apply to one or both performances how should you progress to the second round, you will be placed in the performance that best suits your style and expertise, due to the overlap in performance times you are unable to be part of both.

Round 1: Self-Recorded Video Submission
In order to continue to keep everyone safe this season, we will continue with the first round of auditions online – Please complete the audition form and upload a video (one minute max) of you performing your favourite choreographed dance moves. Audition registrations close Monday 14 November 2022 at 5pm AEDT.

Round 2: In-Person Audition
If you progress to the second round, you will be invited to in-person auditions. In-person auditions will be held between 28 November – 12 December 2022. Please keep these dates on hold should you progress.

An email notification will be sent by Tuesday 13 December 2022 to advise you of the outcome of your audition. Selected cast members will be provided with further details on the rehearsals, which will be held throughout February leading up to the event. Within two weeks of notification, selected cast members will be required to confirm their acceptance of the role.

Key dates:
– Auditions open: Tues 25 Oct 2022
– Auditions close [DEADLINE EXTENDED]: 11:59pm AEDT, Sun 20 Nov 2022
– In-person auditions: 28 Nov – 12 Dec 2022
– Notification of outcome: Tues 13 Dec 2022
– Rehearsals and fittings: Dec 2022 – Feb 2023
– Performance: 25 Feb 2022

Please note, the audition dates and process is subject to change. We will contact you directly if any changes impact your audition.



Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we celebrate and work.

We pay our respects to Elders past and present and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.

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Acknowledgement of country

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges that our events take place on Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidigal, Darug and Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.