Sydney World Pride 2023 has kicked off in the city, marking the very first pride festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

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For the first time ever, Sydney Mardi Gras and World Pride unite to present a global LGBTQIA+ festival. This year’s profoundly symbolic theme is GATHER. DREAM. AMPLIFY.

“A time to dream.
Imagine the future we want and demand it.
For some, a time to step aside, making sure there is an abundance of space for everyone.
New voices. New dreams.
A time for new perspectives and possibilities”

reads the official World Pride statement. This year, a First Nations LGBTQIA+It partnership represents a commitment and calling all to inclusion and equality across all communities.

A 17-day Mega Event

Sydney’s World Pride celebrations, over 17 days, is hosting over 500,000 participants. This is the first World Pride held in the Southern hemisphere, whilst also representing Australian states and territories and neighbouring countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Make Sure you Don’t Miss…

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  • After two years at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Mardi Gras Parade returns to Oxford Street on February 25th. It is the largest event of the entire festival, featuring over 200 floats and 12,500 marchers.
  • Sydney’s World Pride opening concert Live and Proud appears Domain on February 24th. Hosts Courtney Act and Casey Donovan entertain attendees, with a concert that features some of Australia’s top singers and musicians.
  • Sydney Opera House Concert Hall delvers Blak & Deadly: The First Nations Gala Concert; held on March 2nd and will feature a rainbow explosion of art designed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait LGBTQIA+ communities.

But wait, there’s More!

Moreover, on March 4th, Sydney World Pride ends with a huge party on the nation’s famous Bondi Beach. An estimated 50,000 participants are set to attend. On March 5th, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is displaying a colourful array of rainbows, finally marking the end of one of NSW’s most influential events of the decade.

Sydney World Pride and the 2023 Mardi Gras Festival allow the world to come together, further listening, protesting, learning, and taking action hand-in-hand with the LGBTQIA+ community. This event mark a moment in time when the globe unites again to celebrate pride, acknowledging equality and inclusivity.

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