Hello WorldPride: Sydney prepares for global LGBTIQA+ celebration

More than 500,000 people will enjoy arts, sport, parties and First Nations programming from 17 February to 5 March 2023.

Super-sized celebrations are in store for Sydney when our city hosts one of the largest events held here since the 2000 Olympic Games.

WorldPride is a global festival that promotes LGBTIQA+ issues through events, parades and other cultural activities.

So just how big will Sydney WorldPride be? Huge. We’re talking more than 300 events across the city including the largest LGBTIQA+ human rights conference ever held in the Asia-Pacific region, opening and closing concerts at The Domain, a First Nations gala concert, Bondi Beach party, Pride march across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, LGBTIQA+ Women’s Party at Sydney Town Hall, more than 60 specially curated arts experiences, and over 20 sporting events.

Mardi Gras Party. Image courtesy of WorldPride

This truly international LGBTIQA+ festival is expected to inject millions of dollars into the NSW economy and will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Australian Gay Pride Week, the 45th anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the 5th anniversary of Australia saying yes to same-sex marriage.

The festival will also feature the world-renowned Mardi Gras Parade which will return to Oxford Street for the first time in 3 years.

City of Sydney Mardi Gras parade entry. Image: City of Sydney

Lord Mayor Clover Moore was part of the festival’s official launch on Friday 24 June which included 1,000 people creating a giant Pride Progress flag on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

“Sydney World Pride will be an extraordinary opportunity to recharge and kick-start our cultural life, economy and plans for Sydney,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Mardi Gras has always been one of our city’s great festivities and WorldPride will take it to the next level.

“It will also be an affirmation of our city as a richly diverse and accepting society, open to the world and inclusive of all, and I look forward to celebrating with everyone!”

The City of Sydney supports Sydney WorldPride with $800,000 in cash and $650,000 value-in-kind sponsorship.

Under the theme ‘Gather, Dream, Amplify’, Sydney WorldPride will run for 17 days from 17 February to 5 March 2023.

Sydney WorldPride will be the first festival held in the southern hemisphere. The inaugural WorldPride took place in Rome in 2000, followed by Jerusalem (2006), London (2012), Toronto (2014), Madrid (2017), New York (2019) and Copenhagen and Malmo (2021).

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