Get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival was born from a group of volunteers who wanted to bring to life an annual celebration of pride, love and provocation. From medical to marshaling, wayfinding, talent runners and more – we rely on the help of over 1,800 volunteers to make our world-famous Festival the success they are year after year.

Applications are now open to volunteer at all major events that will make up the 2024 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. Running from 16 February to 3 March 2024, we’re taking over the city with all your favourite Sydney Mardi Gras events returning including our all-day rainbow extravaganza, Fair Day presented by American Express, and the 46th annual Sydney Mardi Gras Parade.

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

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Support the Sydney Mardi Gras Volunteer Program

Volunteers have been the beating heart of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras since our inception. Over the past four decades the contribution of our volunteer program has helped welcome millions of event attendees to our annual Festival.

As a registered charity and if you have the means, you’re now able to donate directly to the Sydney Mardi Gras Volunteer Program. This includes funding everything from our exclusive volunteer t-shirts and hats, to catering for volunteers at our events.

“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” – Volunteer of the Year 2022 Reo Lynch


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 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 Sydney Mardi Gras Awards, the chance to purchase discounted 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.

If you’ve applied for a volunteer opportunity, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know your shift times and any required briefings that you will need to attend. As each event gets closer, you will also receive 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 a 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 is a not-for-profit community organisation, 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 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 is 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 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 fully supports 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 Sydney 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 the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, who are the traditional owners of the land on which our celebrations are held on. Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.