The streets of Sydney will once again shine with pride and diversity as the iconic Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade returns on Saturday, March 2, 2024, with the theme, Our Future.
Building on a 45-year history of powerful protest and celebration of LGBTQIA+ lives, the Parade remains a beacon of hope, a display of creativity, and a dazzling show of pride. In 2024, the Parade promises another unforgettable night that shines a global spotlight on the vibrant LGBTQIA+ community.
“Our Future… is not just a theme but a call to action, a bold invitation to define and shape our path forward as a community. It acknowledges our past, but encourages us to envision what comes next,” said Gil Beckwith, Acting CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. “It’s a statement that is open to interpretation and engagement, irrespective of geographical location or physical attendance. It’s our collective journey and story to share.”
Organizers also believe that ‘Our Future…’ beckons all to participate, influence, and champion LGBTQIA+ causes. It’s a chance to look forward while honoring the past. It’s about collective ownership and the power to manifest endless possibilities.
The full Festival calendar will be unveiled later in the year and promises to be an exuberant celebration of resilience, diversity, and unity.
You may recall that Vacationer was in Australia to bring you the fun for the first WorldPride global celebration in the Southern Hemisphere in Sydney from thousands of people gathered to celebrate Sydney WorldPride in late February and early March 2023. With 471 events taking place over 17 days to an audience of over 1 million, the 2023 Festival raked in more than $235 million for New South Wales, employed more than 8,000 people, and over 70,000 tourists from 71 countries visited Sydney specifically for the festival.
Here are some other quick facts from the Sydney WorldPride 2023 report released a few months ago.
Festival Audience 1,077,183
People Traveled from 71 countries
Top countries: US, UK, New Zealand, Germany, and Canada
Visitors Spent $235.4 million
Number of Events 471
Total Tickets Sold and Issued 274,814
Talent & Artists Across Festival 6,600+
Festival Roles Employed 8,000
Parade Participants 12,500
Broadcasted Pride Events 1.1 million viewers
Start planning your Pride getaway Down Under! For more info about the 2024 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, you can visit www.mardigras.org.au.