Dates Announced for the 2015 Sydney Mardi Gras

Author: , November 26th, 2014

Sydney Gay Mardi GrasThe 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival promises 17 days of parties and events from Friday 20 February to Sunday 8 March next year.

The first big event of the festival will be the popular Fair Day on Sunday 22 February which will see Sydney’s Victoria Park transformed into a massive gay pride picnic and markets with music stages and DJs scattered around the park.

Then on Friday 27 February female voices and experiences will be celebrated at Women Say Something, an annual panel discussion and forum where women role models and thinkers speak. The following day sees one of Sydney’s most popular day parties come to the picturesque Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens on the edge of Sydney Harbor – the annual Harbor Party.

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The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival 2012

Author: , March 29th, 2012

The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras is an annual weekend set aside to celebrate the Gay community, celebrate life and simply enjoy a long weekend of entertainment, comedy, music, dance and fun. It all started in 2000 in the little coastal town of Knysna, South Africa on the Garden Route, and has blossomed into a fully fledged fun extravaganza. Growing in size and popularity year after year, it has become a calendar favorite.

Knysna is located on the southern coast of South Africa about 6 hours drive east of Cape Town on the N2 highway, or a 45 minute flight to George and then 30 minute drive to Knysna. Although small it has become a favorite vacation destination for many South African and international visitors and has been voted “South Africa’s Favorite Town of the year”, twice. Measuring the flamboyant hospitality and energy exuded at the Mardi it is not surprising.  The entire town transforms into a festival as businesses decorate their windows in a show of support for the Pink Loerie.

This year the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras will be held from April 26 to May 1st. The theme is “Ain’t no closet big enough!” and promises to deliver the same quality of entertainment that it has become so famous for.

The Mardi Gras sends a message to the world that Gay people are free to celebrate their lives in South Africa. The event is not only about the festivities but also about giving back and a number of charities benefit from auctions and fundraisers held during the festival. It is a celebration of fun, life and laughter for anyone who loves to see vibrant colors, hear world class music and enjoy the arts.

Events are scheduled throughout the weekend and include:

A flea market (street market),  art exhibitions,  a gay pride street parade, competitions, comedy shows, drama, cabaret shows, live music, dancing and parties around every corner.

Think pink, think Mardi Gras, visit Knysna, you’ll never forget the experience.

Celeste Wilson is an Africa travel specialist and co-founder of a comprehensive internet guide to travel in Africa. Visit to learn more about Africa as a travel destination.


Sydney Mardi Gras Mixes Pride and Politics

Author: , February 28th, 2010

The Australian annual ‘Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade’ on Saturday witnessed tens and thousands of people dancing and carousing their way through the streets of Sydney – some attired in classy costumes; while others ‘clothed’ merely in body paint and barest-minimum leaves.

The parade – which began in 1978 essentially as a protest march by homosexual and transsexual men and women – is currently one of the world’s biggest and most glitzy gay pride events.

This year’s event featured the theme, “History of the World” – a peek at gay history; and boasted the involvement of as many as 9,400 participants. The nearly 135 floats, which rolled out from William Square, were led by the well-known transsexual Amanda Lepore, who was scantily-dressed in a diamante G-string, and seated in an open-top Mercedes.

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