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Mardi Gras 2022

Mardi Gras is back in 2022 with the parade taking place at the SCG and a host of fan-favourite events making their return.
By Sarah Ward
November 16, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
November 16, 2021
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In March 2022, the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will return to the Sydney Cricket Ground, bringing its pageant of costumes, puppetry and props to the venue for the second year in a row. But it isn't the only beloved part of Mardi Gras that's making a comeback next year — with everything from the annual flag raising, Fair Day and the Paradiso Pool Party to the Sissy Ball and Laugh Out Proud also back on the program.

The Mardi Gras festival has revealed a stack of returning favourites that you can pop in your diary right now. First up: the Progress Pride flag-raising at Sydney Town Hall, which'll kick off the event on Friday, February 18. The flag will then fly all throughout the fest.

Fair Day returns to its home at Victoria Park on Sunday, February 20; the Kaftana Pool Party at The Ivy pool on Wednesday, February 23; and Laugh Out Proud at the Enmore Theatre on Friday, February 25.

Also returning: the Sissy Ball on Saturday, February 26, this time bringing its glam ballroom shindig, house battles, DJs and live tunes to Sydney Town Hall; the Paradiso Pool Party on Monday, February 28, giving The Ivy pool a Mediterranean feel to farewell summer; and the Laneway recovery party the next day, on Sunday, March 6, at The Beresford and Hill Street.

And, both the Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival and Queer Art After Hours are back, too — the former from Thursday, February 17–Thursday, March 3, and the latter at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Wednesday, March 2.

There are still more guests and events to be revealed so watch this space. But we already know one thing for sure: 2022 is going to kick into gear in Sydney with quite the dazzling showcase of queer art and culture, all celebrating the theme 'United We Shine'.

People dancing at Mardi Gras Fair Day

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