Volunteering at Mardi Gras

When you volunteer with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, you'll be making a difference for our festival and your community.

We rely on over 1,800 volunteers to make our world-famous festival and events the success they are year after year. Volunteer opportunities are wide-ranging and varied from event operations to information technology to human resources and logistics. Volunteers are proudly supported by ANZ.

It's game on for the 43rd Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Season. Parade is going ahead, and we need our volunteers to help pull off such a fantastic season! The Parade will be held on Saturday 6 March 2021. We’re transforming the Sydney Cricket Ground into a stunning and sparkling showcase of LGBTQI+ culture and community.

We are also working on bringing you more events that are COVID safe, please keep an eye out for any emails going out or keep checking our website for any new updates.


2021 Volunteer Application Process

This year, you will need to create a volunteer profile before you can apply for any shifts. This profile will stay active for the foreseeable future and therefor you will not need to fill out your details again, great right?! Once you fill it out all you need to do is log into our website with your email address and you can select shifts as they pop up. No need to re-enter in any other information and you will be able to access your profile at any time and see all your past and upcoming shifts. You will also get to upload a profile picture which you can change whenever you like! For any Medical or Workshop volunteers, you will need to be approved before you can access the available shifts, this is to ensure all qualifications are verified before shifts are filled.

Due to Covid Contact tracing, each volunteer will need to sign up separately. You will all need to attend briefing sessions leading up to events that you are registered for. This is absolutely mandatory as we will be training you in Covid safe practices that we will be enforcing at all our events to ensure the safety for our volunteers, staff, participants and our community. 

All our volunteer roles will be different, all our events have changed, nothing is like it was before Covid. Returning and leadership volunteers are encouraged to apply. The safety of our all involved in our festival is our priority. We have been working closely with NSW Health and other government agencies in our planning to ensure our volunteers, staff and patrons are safe at these events.

This is the year that your Mardi Gras really needs you! It's quite the year and we truly rely on our volunteers to help deliver our world class events and with a much smaller festival needing a lot more volunteers, we truly do need you all in 2021! 


The safety of our community, spectators, parade participants, staff and volunteers are our highest priority and is at the forefront of all our planning. A number of operational changes have been made to ensure your safety. The Parade continues to be the significant platform for us to come together and shine a global spotlight on LGBTQI+ lives, culture, communities and creativity.

A series of COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be in place and volunteers must comply with these. These include:

  • Symptom screening & temperature checks
  • Contact details registered for all individual participants
  • ID checks on entry
  • Stay at home if you are sick or have any cold or flu symptoms
  • Physical distancing at all times
  • Avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses
  • The practice of good hand hygiene. Hand sanitiser and hand wash stations will be available in the volunteer areas

SGLMG will continue to work closely with NSW Health and other government agencies in the lead up to the festival and will adapt COVID Safe Protocols as required.

Volunteer applications 2021 are now open. Please click the button below to apply.


Click here to find out more about volunteering at Mardi Gras.

Aiden O'Dea led the team of volunteers who are tasked with the parade float entrants. This team plays a key role in the parade participants experience and helps to ensure that event planning and communication runs smoothly on the day. Aiden’s role is one of the most crucial roles for parade and he achieves his tasks with professionalism and diligence. Aiden’s attention to detail for planning and communication, as well as his team selection, ensured that the team operated seamlessly on the day. His level of collaboration and kindness in working with everyone was exactly what we would expect of someone representing Mardi Gras. Aiden’s initiative, passion and hard work makes him a great example of what a leader within our volunteer parade community should be and he is an absolute delight to work with!

Sarah Pearce leads our response team on parade which involves working directly with police, security, ambulance, Fire and Rescue, Mardi Gras staff, medical team, community float organisers, volunteer coordinators and their teams on parade as well the spectators. Sarah is completely committed to the role which involves responding to requests for assistance in various areas of parade using her excellent communication and leadership skills to achieve this. Sarah’s dedication and professionalism has been an incredible asset to the organisation. Sarah is an excellent leader who interacts with kindness and clarity with all her team and encourages everyone to do their best. She welcomes new members and empowers them in building their skills. Sarah embodies the true spirit of Mardi Gras and is an absolute legend!