15 Fe­bru­ary- 3 March

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Last year, Syd­ney Mardi Gras cel­e­brated its 40th an­niver­sary and the event is un­recog­nis­able from the first protest in 1978, which ended with ar­rests and po­lice bru­tal­ity against the marchers. That first march was the cat­a­lyst for leg­is­la­tion re­peal­ing the law which al­lowed those ar­rests to hap­pen. It was a ma­jor civil rights mile­stone that led to 3,000 peo­ple march­ing the fol­low­ing year, and the first post- pa­rade par­ties the next year. Mardi Gras is now one of Syd­ney’s big­gest events, with more than 500,000 spec­ta­tors and over 12,000 par­tic­i­pants. Al­though there is very much a party at­mos­phere, with mar­riage equal­ity in Aus­tralia hav­ing been in­tro­duced only a year ago, there is still plenty to march for. For two weeks be­fore the pa­rade on 2 March, there will be a pro­gramme filled with en­tic­ing events in­clud­ing cabaret by one of our favourite groups, Briefs, plus theatre, art ex­hi­bi­tions and talks. And, of course, there are go­ing to be more par­ties than you can shake a didgeri­doo at.

SYD­NEY GAY AND LES­BIAN MARDI GRAS

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