Palpitate Responsibly for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Anticipation is a poison.

A little is fine if the payoff is quick and worth endangering your liver. But the more it builds, the more it can consume your mind and contribute to your physical decay. At a certain point, the anticipation becomes of greater impact than the moment being anticipated, and, as such, the moment will inevitably be a disappointment. And worst case scenario, the moment anticipated never actually occurs and you’re left a seething sack of wasted want contemplating whether it’s worth anticipating anything else ever again, or if you should just give up and go to business school.

But you’re human. Stupidity and denial is part of your makeup and so is chasing whatever high your brain can mainline. So we’re not going to tell you not to be excited about the upcoming Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Attended by hundreds of thousands of people annually, the Mardi Gras is one of the biggest events of the year! Mardi Gras is best known for the Pride Parade and Party, but also has a number of other fun events on this year including the Bondi Drag Races, Mardi Gras Film Festival, exhibitions, live performances, comedy acts, talks and presentations and so much more.

This year, take your seats for a spectacular celebration of pride, protest, passion and diversity. This is Mardi Gras like you’ve never seen it before, in one of Sydney’s most iconic venues! It’s game on for the 43rd Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade as the Sydney Cricket Ground is being transformed into a stunning and sparkling showcase of LGBTQI+ culture and community. The Mardi Gras Pride Parade is the most popular part of the festival and features colourful floats, Dykes on Bikes and over 200 LGBTQI groups.

Due to the restrictions to ensure a COVID-Safe event, Fair Day will not take place in 2021. The organisers are also saddened to announce that this Mardi Gras season they’ve had to make the difficult decision to not proceed with the following events: The Party, Laneway, Pool Party, Kaftan Party, Sissy Ball, Family Fun Day and Queer Art After Hours.

You’ve been penned in by restrictions for over a year, and the biggest annual party is on the horizon. It’s natural to have wild expectations for the night building up inside your head. But just keep in mind, the world is ultimately a horrible disappointment, and adjust your anticipations within that sphere, just in case harsh restrictions come back or Sam Smith turns up again.

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