This weekend Sydney has a massive celebration taking place, its a little parade, you may have heard of it?! It’s call Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras?!
Of course you’ve heard of it, it’s one of the most colourful festivals and celebrations across the world. If you’re planning to come to Sydney this weekend, there’s absolutely no excuse to not get involved!
Even more exciting, it has been announced that none other than Pop Queen Kylie Minogue will be highlighting the glittering event!
Sydney’s Oxford Street comes alive with colour and atmosphere as all Sydneysiders and visitors from across the globe come together to celebrate sexuality, in all its forms – Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgender or Straight – Everyone is welcomed into the carnival atmosphere with open arms!
Before I let you know exactly what is happening where and when, here are a few tips for you if you’ve never been before:
- Get down early to get a great spot, Taylor Square is usually a great options as there are large plasma screens with a feed of the parade and the live action
- Don’t head to the corner or Liverpool Street and College Street, this is where all of the floats head from, it gets very busy around there and it isn’t the best view
- Take a milk cart with you to stand on, if you can’t get a good view point, it gives you a little bit more height to stand on if you’re at the back of the crowd
- Come with a good attitude and don’t get too intoxicated – Police are swarming the streets and have zero tolerance to aggression and violence
So here is an overview of what you can expect from the wonderful Mardi Gras:
Mardi Gras Parade
Oxford and Flinders Streets
Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Excerpt from Mardi Gras Website: http://www.mardigras.org.au/mardi-gras-2012/parade/index.cfm
In 1978 it started as a celebration that was met with police batons and prosecutions. More than three decades later, it has evolved into a riot of vibrant energy, outrageous floats, lavish costumes, stunning designs and wild dancing.
Join us on March 3rd, from 7.45pm for one of Sydney’s most loved celebrations. As more than 9000 people make their way down Oxford and Flinders Streets in a rainbow extravaganza of LGBTQI pride, hundreds of thousands of spectactors line the Darlinghurst streets to watch the glittering procession of exotic costumes and political slogans.
Grab a spot on the sidelines or watch the parade from the balcony of an Oxford St bar. Cheer as Dykes on Bikes rev their engines at the front of the parade. Copy the dance moves of the Asian marching boys. See gay and lesbian police officers march alongside student pride groups, and Jewish and Arabic gays and lesbians. Mix with queer lifesavers from Bondi Beach!
Don’t want to battle the crowds? We’ve got TWO amazing options for premium Parade Viewing.
This year, the Mardi Gras Parade viewing area will be transformed into a fresh, funky and wonderfully kitsch holiday caravan park known as Club Tropicana. For the first time ever, there will be a raised viewing platform on Taylor Square forecourt to take advantage of Parade route’s most desired vantage point. This will ensure sweeping views of all the action of the Parade making it an unforgettable experience.
In the Mardi Gras Parade viewing area, everyone will feel like one of the glitterati. Guests can rub shoulders with VIP’s and dance to tunes from our fantastic DJ’s while being awed by this once-in-a-lifetime Parade viewing experience and relax away from the crowds.
The easy access to bars and food purchase as well as toilet facilities help ensure you have everything you need and won’t have to leave the unique experience of Club Tropicana. This super-sized take on the traditional Parade viewing area is a tropical party oasis and the coolest way to take in all the spectacle, glitz and glamour of Sydney Mardi Gras Parade 2012.
Bourke St entrance,
Darlinghurst, New South Wales
$39 plus booking fee / all tickets may attract a transaction fee
Excerpt from official Mardi Gras website: http://www.mardigras.org.au/thelaneway/index.cfm
Crazy times in the laneway the day after the Parade and Party was a much-loved Mardi Gras tradition that we’re bringing back this year. Expect star moments, drop-in DJs, pop-up performances and a fun atmosphere where the lane is the stage!
We’re taking over two of Sydney’s hippest pubs, The Flinders and The Beresford, and the connecting Hill St laneway in-between to give you one last lick of Mardi Gras magic, old-school/new-school style.
The Laneway will have 5 different party spaces on offer, giving post-party punters the perfect place to party on, relax in the sun and take in the old school Laneway vibe. There’ll be some funky vocal house going down at the Beresford Hotel, with amazing anthems and perfomances upstairs. Head to the Flinders Hotel for some nu cool and check out the Hill Street Laneway itself for some old school hits.In the Garden Courtyard you’ll find more smooth tunes and new friends to dance with!
On the decks you can expect a stellar line up of spinners including Sveta, Adam Love, Mark Alsop, Alex Taylor and Kate Monroe. Sydney dance sensation Oxford Hustlers and the internationally acclaimed Wayne G will also make an appearance, along with Francisco Guerra and Zoë Badwi.
When it comes to entertainment, The Laneway’s got your back. Our eclectic mix of performing artists range from local pop hotties Garçon Garçon and specially flown-in talent including Beni from Modular fame to the international cult phenomenon direct from London’s Vauxhall Tavern, the D.E. Experience. We’re also inviting punters to bring their own performance so you can let your inner show-off shine!
It’s an old school vibe with new school cool and it’s exclusive to Mardi Gras. Presented in partnership with gaydar.com.au, tickets are on sale now through FoxTix.
Moore Park, New South Wales
Tickets from $99 plus booking and transaction fees. Note if you haven’t already got tickets this event is sold out!
Download the Mardi Gras Party Map here!
Check out our official guide to Mardi Gras Party here!
Plan your night with our set-times list here.
Expect 15,000 or more at this iconic dance party with thousands flying in from around Australia and overseas.
Promising a Mardi Gras Party like none other before, 2012 will see the Entertainment Quarter transformed into a theme park – Mardigrasland – promising an adventurous and sexy ride through a night of music, dance and electrifying acts including RuPaul, D.E. Experience, Sneaky Sound System, Chicane and Horse Meat Disco.
Partygoers can expect to be taken on an experiential trip through Mardigrasland, a place with many different themed ‘lands’, each with their own unique flavour – as well as being entertained by superstar Australian and international performers and DJs.
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras are thrilled to announce that Kylie Minogue will be performing at Mardigrasland! Kylie is coming back to Mardi Gras as part of her K25: 25 Years of Kylie celebrations. It’s been 14 years since Kylie attended Mardi Gras- her long awaited performance will not disappoint. Another star Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras are excited to welcome to the 2012 Mardi Gras Party is singer/songwriter Sam Sparro .
Candyworld, at the Royal Hall of Industries, promises a confection of sugar-coated pop and house in a candy-coloured world that dishes up big shows, drag to die for and a very happy ending. Here you’ll see big names RuPaul, Andy Almighty (7th Heaven), Wayne G, Lee Dagger and Sydney favourites Dan Murphy and Kitty Glitter. Enter the Emerald City in Oz at the Horden Pavilion, with serious dance music talent as the soundtrack. Sneaky Sound System, Chicane and others will keep you grooving all night long with some upbeat tunes.
T.G.I. Retro at the Hi-Fi (the old Forum) promises an all-you-can-eat disco party buffet, with some of the night’s most exciting performers. Partygoers can expect performances from DJ Lady Miss Kier from iconic ’90s dance group Deee-lite as well as internationally acclaimed Londoners Horse Meat Disco. It doesn’t stop there- T.G.I. Retro will also play host to UK performer Jonathan Hellyer in his vastly popular cabaret act D.E. Experience.
Drag kings and programming for the ladies in mind will be the theme for Shangri-La, where partygoers will enjoy the music of Kelly Lynch. The King for a Day competition will produce some of the sexiest kings in Sydney, and finalists of LOTL’s Bachelorette of the Year competition will get the ladies swooning.
Also heating up Shangri-La will be Australian singing sensation Zoe Badwi, Sarah McLeod, the former front-woman of Aussie rock band The Superjesus as well as top DJ/Producer Neroli of Heaven UK.
And finally, for an underground party where nothing is what it seems, The Backlot at the Dome will become a dodgy, abandoned and derelict hall of mirrors, with eclectic and electric performances and music. Here you’ll see three amazing Aussie acts, including cool crew Starfuckers and ladies favourites Cunningpants and Sveta.
As well as the different lands, there will also be a theme park parade throughout the night – think queer Disney parade – and pop-up performances, costumed characters and musical acts to surprise partygoers across the entire grounds.
Aussie favourites Matt Vaughan, Mike Kelly, Feisty and Ruby will also be playing on the night. JD Samson of feminist electropunk band Le Tigre and her music ensemble MEN will make an appearance in Shangri La and The Backlot at the Dome. Other incredible acts to watch out for are Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones, Andy Butler DJ Set (Hercules & Love Affair/Mr INTL.), Le Gateau Chocolat, Kam Shafaati, Kate Monroe and even MORE to be announced.
SGLMG Members have the opportunity to purchase Member’s Tickets and have a amazing experience in Mardigrasland. The Member’s benefits include Express Entry to the party, discounted Cloak Check, a special wristband and admission to the Member’s Express Bar Lane in the Hi Fi Lounge.
Now if you’re thinking of heading to SGLMG and would like a look unlike no other, fear not as SydneySocial101 has teamed up with the amazing team at Make Up Store to provide one of my lucky blog readers with the ultimate Mardi Gras Make over and private make up lesson at 12pm on Saturday 3rd March. So you have 24 hours to tell me in 25 words or less why I should pick you!
In addition to the makeover you’ll also receive a free set of eyelashes!
Take a sneak peak at some of the amazing products that they’ll be using to give you a look that even Kylie will envy!
Coloured Mascara – RRP $33
Coloured Mascara – Create a fun look with colourful lashes. These mascaras come in five highly intense colours. For a true party look, try attaching a matching glitter at the tip if the lashes. Coloured Mascara is water resistant and can be washed off with Eye Foam Remover. Available in pink, turquoise, green, blue and aubergine.
Glitter Eyeliner – RRP $35
Glitter Eyeliner – With the fine brush you can create a stunning and glam look, quick and easy. Apply a thin line around the contour of your eye or across the entire eye lid. Perfect to keep in your hand bag for a drink after work, Glitter Eyeliner transforms you into a party girl in just seconds. The Product contains extract of carrot with protects from free radicals.
Glitter – What can be better than using a bit of sparkling glitter if you want to become a star? To jazz up your everyday makeup, use a bit of glitter. Fix the glitter with Eye Primer, Mining Liquid and Fix or High Tech Lighter. Remove the glitter with a dry sponge before removing your makeup
All Make Up Store products are designed to be used on their own or in conjunction with any other Make Up Store products. To find out where your nearest Make Up Store location is, contact Make Up Store’s head office and flagship store in Paddington on 02 9360 5885.
Here’s a sneak peak at the lashes you have to choose from too! AMAZE!
If you’re selected as the winner the appointment is at the Paddington flagship store at 12pm, details below:
Make Up Store Sydney Stores:
Paddington (Boutique Flagship Store)
386 Oxford Street Paddington
Broadway (Boutique Store)
The Broadway shopping centre/ Shop K35
Myer City Sydney
436 George Street,
Myer Top Ryde
Cnr Devline Street & Blaxland Road, Top Ryde
(02) 8878 0339
Happy entering! Good luck!