2018 will be the time to celebrate at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, with the iconic event turning the big 4-0.
To celebrate this milestone, the Festival program is bigger, bolder, better – and more fabulous than ever – as it reflects on four decades of amazing evolution, momentous achievements and extraordinary individuals.
Over seventeen sparkling days (starting February 16), festival-goers will be treated to a jam-packed line-up of parties, live performances, exhibitions, family and community events, plus the jewel in the crown, the show-stopping Mardi Gras Parade.
In this special anniversary year, the 2018 Festival will focus on the theme ‘40 YEARS OF EVOLUTION’, which will involve telling the story of how a small-scale street protest turned into one of the world’s biggest street parties.
One of the highlights for next year is sure to be Trevor Ashley’s Mardi Gala, a variety gala that is part concert, part chat show, but all fun! And for those after something a bit more physical, there is always the Pool Party, where you can make a splash in style.
But let’s not forget the main event, the Mardi Gras Parade, which in its 40th year looks set to be the best yet, with its jaw-dropping costumes and floats sure to get revellers in the right party mood.
40 years in, and those good times show no sign of stopping. Chris Prindiville
The 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras runs from February 16 – March 4, 2018, at various locations throughout Sydney.
For full festival program and ticketing information visit www.mardigras.org.au.
Photo credits: Jeffrey Feng Photography (top of story) and Ann-Marie Calilhanna (centre of story).