Expressions of interest for volunteers are now open!

In 2023 the volunteer program will run across both Sydney WorldPride and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Volunteers will have the same great experience they have come to know and love with Mardi Gras, expanded out across the larger festival that is Sydney WorldPride!

Why volunteer with us?

When you volunteer with us, 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.

If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer team via email at volunteers@mardigrasarts.org.au

Events that need you!

Gras Parade spectacular! Don’t miss this opportunity to join the biggest event of the Sydney WorldPride festival, as over 12,000 marchers and 200 floats parade down Oxford St.

Be part of history as 50,000 people in their brightest colours walk across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge in a powerful international statement of visibility. We are now offering a number of meaningful volunteer opportunities at Pride March 2023.

The world-famous Oxford Street district will become home to WorldPride’s fabulous festival hub this February-March. We have just added new volunteer opportunities assisting us to deliver daily stalls, performances, dining, and creating a place to connect with friends and family in between events. Not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime street party marking the end of WorldPride 2023!

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival have many events that are supported by our volunteer medical teams. This generous, skilled, and knowledgeable team are at every event, on-call and visible to make sure we are all safe, being part of this team are truly rewarding. You will be volunteering with some of the best nurses, doctors, paramedics and the like and be the party of a fun, respected team that our community depends on to keep everyone safe whilst still having fun!

Work behind the scenes, alongside industry specialists and help create our fabulous props, scenic and costumes at the official Mardi Gras Workshop! The Mardi Gras Workshop produces costumes and the Mardi Gras Float for Parade. Mardi Gras has its own costume department that produces costumes for parade and party, scenic props for Fair Day and Mardi Gras Party as well as various other events across our festival

Ready to make a difference? Apply to volunteer here:

Already a volunteer? Access your profile here:

* Registrations for all Sydney Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride events and shifts will open on Monday July 25th

“Volunteering for Mardi Gras is my favourite time of the year. Being a part of the community and being seen for the person I am, it’s such a priceless experience that I will always cherish” – Mardi Gras Volunteer of the Year 2022 Reo Lynch


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride offer you the opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, share and contribute to the organisation, learn about our communities and have a great time. At the same time, we offer free festival merchandise, invitations to social events and functions, your chance to be recognised in the annual Mardi Gras Awards, discounted and complimentary tickets to our events, and products and services offered by sponsors occasionally.

Volunteer opportunities are wide-ranging and varied from event operations to information technology to human resources and logistics. Make sure you check this website regularly for current volunteering opportunities available for you.

You may need experience for some volunteer opportunities, while for others we’ll provide all the training that you’ll need. Make sure you read the position details carefully before applying to make sure you’ll be right for the role.

You need to be 16 years or older to volunteer with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride.

If you’ve applied for a volunteer opportunity, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know your shift times and any required breifings that you will need to attend. As each event gets closer, you will also recieve any additional information you may need including volunteer handbooks, briefing information and volunteer t-shirt distribution details.

We always strive to offer every volunteer the role they have requested, though this is not always possible. In such cases, we will contact you and discuss other opportunities that are available, or becoming available.

If you’ve expressed interest in a skilled volunteer or leadership position, you will go through a selection process that reflects the level of responsibility for the position you are interested in. Skilled volunteer or leadership positions have considerable impact on the organisation, its people, operations and/or events. If you meet the criteria of a position, you’ll be contacted to take part in an interview. The successful applicant will be formally offered a volunteer position for a fixed term.

Generally, most Australian Visas will allow you to take part in unpaid community based work. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride are not-for-profit community organisations, so you won’t be breaking the terms of your Visa by volunteering for us. Of course, if you’re unsure about your Visa requirements, check with your Consulate or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

All event volunteers take part in an online or face to face event briefing prior to their event for WHS induction purposes and to receive final event information. Skilled and leadership volunteers may need further training around the specifics of their roles within the organisation.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride have a ticketing and benefits policy for volunteers as a form of reward and recognition for their contribution to the organisation. Volunteer benefits include heavily discounted tickets to our main events. Once you register as a volunteer you will receive information about your volunteer ticketing benefits.

Yes! Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride are committed to building an organisation that represents the diversity of our communities. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Our commitment to diversity means that we are an organisation that embraces difference. At the same time, we strive to create a workplace where all employees and volunteers enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, intimidation or harassment, including sexual harassment.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride cover all of its volunteers for personal accident or injury and liability while they are performing their duties at one of our events or our office or workshop. We are committed to providing a safe workplace to our staff and volunteers in accordance with workplace health and safety legislation.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney WordlPride fully support your commitment to any other passion and interest. However, we do ask that your commitment to other organisations doesn’t impact the time commitments required of your Mardi Gras role.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for here you can always contact us, or call 02 9383 0900.



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.