Mardi Gras: Gay culture in Sydney ‘We all live under the sky’

Have you ever heard about Mardi Gras festival held every year in Sydney?

Well, even if you haven’t, you will probably know the most famous gay & lesbian festival in Sydney and that’s called ‘Mardi Gras’. Although the term ‘Mardi Gras’ refers to the season before Ash Wednesday, its Sydney festival is not held on Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) or indeed, on a Tuesday at all.

On every February in Sydney, you can expect tens of thousands visitors and participations from the Sydney Opera House to Victoria Park.

This celebration began in the early 1980s after pro-gay rights protestors were arrested. The organisers of the festival had also been arrested, mainly due to conservative Christian groups have led anti-movement against Mardi Gras.

Despite how much the religious groups feel uncomfortable, the Sydney Mardi Gras has become the largest LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) event in the world. Not only LGBT people but also ‘straight’ unite together and pr0udly celebrate their identity during the festival season.

Have a look at a YouTube clip that summarizes the 2009 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

If you are interested in the 2010 Mardi Gras, go and check it out from 21st Febrary until the 6th March.

And well, there’s much more Mardi Gras can provide such excitement to you. One that is Sleaze ball, the great dress-up night that you can be the scariest villains, the most courageous heroes, the sexiest boys and girls. Also, there’s Mardi Gras Film Festival that has a range of professional and inspiring LGBT films.

You can find more information on Mardi Gras at

I remember a member of the festival saying that ‘We all live under the sky’. What makes our perception judging them to be different and wrong? Thanksfully, Mardi Gras opens the door to the pubclic, lets them know and understand by working and enjoying together.


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