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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2021

It's time to throw shade on 2020 and SASHAY into the 2021 celebrations!

Are you ready to RISE? 

Suitably themed 'RISE', Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2021 season follows a very difficult period of droughts, fires, floods and a global pandemic to prove our spirit and resolve still remains as strong as ever. Recognising the pain of many in the community, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is here to show support - RISING together to show love conquers all.

Sydney Mardi Gras Parade Credit Hamid Mousa and Destination NSWCredit Hamid Mousa and Destination NSW


Here's our top picks for this year but there is SO MUCH MORE! For all the 'tea' check out the festival guide here.

Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

It's Australia’s biggest LGBTQIA+ event of the year and, while the parade will be a little different this year (as a ticketed event*), it is still set to draw the attention of hundreds of thousands worldwide and once again have all eyes on us! Announced in November 2020, the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade will relocate from the recognisable Oxford Street (home since 1978) to the Sydney Cricket Ground as a COVID Safe Event. Everything you need to know is right here.

*As of 4th January, ticket sales are currently on hold due to government recommendations. 

Laugh Out Proud

After a sell out debut last year, this fabulous line-up of queer stand-up talent returns February 26th. It's likely to be the event of the season so don't miss out - SNAP up your tickets now!

The Pass

Also this season, Mardi Gras brings us the Australian premiere of this critically acclaimed production. If theatre is your thing, this looks like the ticket to have - full details here.

Fair Day

Sadly, this long-standing event has been postponed to February 2022. An important date for the community, it hasn't been possible to find a way to host a COVID Safe event without losing the spirit of the day. A list of resources has been put together to allow people to reach out and connect with past and future Fair Day stallholders and groups.

Join in Virtually

If you're worried about being in a crowded venue, totally understandable - we get it, there are a number of events being hosted online for you to enjoy from the comfort of your couch this year! All the details are here.

When the day is done 

Even if you don’t plan on getting much sleep throughout the celebrations, YHA has the place to rest your weary body, with a range of co-living rooms and private ensuite rooms depending on how much cash you want to splash. Plus, we've got hot showers, hectic rooftops and unbeatable prices. 

Close to to all events, Sydney Central YHA also offers a rooftop pool for bevvies, BBQ's and an unbeatable view of the city.Sydney Central YHA_Rooftop_2016 (7).jpg

Or book your stay at Sydney Harbour YHA to dance, sing and celebrate being wild and free!Sydney Harbour YHA Mardi Gras

You'll always get a warm welcome at Railway Square YHA, whether it's just for the night or a little longer.Railway Square Equality Poster

The choice is yours - either which way, we can't wait to have you stay!


The Midsumma Festival hits Melbourne from Monday 19 April and Monday 5 May with the Pride March taking place on Sunday 23rd May.

    Sydney Central YHA
    Sydney Central YHA
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    Sydney Harbour YHA - The Rocks
    Sydney Harbour YHA - The Rocks
    The only hostel in Sydney that has views of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Sydney Harbour YHA is the best place to stay in Sydney for the New Years Eve fireworks!
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