About Mardi Gras
Today, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of Australia’s most famous and well-loved events, bringing thousands of visitors to Sydney to join in the celebrations.
But before we explore the fun and excitement of this big event, it's important to rememeber the long road it took for the LGBTQI to obtain change and acceptance in society.
It all started back in 1978, when a group of protestors formed to ignite gay rights - resulting in police violence and arrests. What came next was a defining night for Sydney's GLBTQI community and Australia's cultural heritage too. Since then, The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade has taken place every year and an awareness to this community and the fight for their rights continues to grow!