During the Mardi Gras Festival, Sydney comes alive. If you are staying at one of the Sydney hostels right in the CBD you’ll be able to simply take a short stroll to see the parade. Not sure how you want to celebrate the Mardi Gras festival? We’ve got the best tips for making sure you have a day and night to remember:
Events and after parties
If you really want to join in the celebrations and live it up during the Mardi Gras Festival, it’s advisable that you purchase tickets to an event. You can buy tickets that will offer premium viewing seats from great vantage points as well as providing you with bar access on the night, without you having to worry about losing your spot. After parties are also popular and are organised at different venues across the city. It’s a good idea to buy tickets to these events in advance as they can sell out.
Watching the parade from the street
If you want to watch the parade from the street you’ll need to:
- Set up and find your spot early
- Have seating with you so you don’t have to stand until the parade starts
- Carry snacks and drinks
Make a day of it with friends and enjoy the festivities and atmosphere of the city as everyone prepares for the parade. The only thing to take notice of here is you will have to get in early if you want to get a good spot to view the parade from.
Dress to impress
The Mardi Gras is certainly one time of year when people can roam Sydney’s streets dressed up however they like! Get into the theme and wear a brightly coloured wig or a sexy costume.
List of events leading up to the parade
The Mardi Gras Festival used to be solely made up of the parade, but now it’s extended into fetes and all sorts of events leading up to the parade. Go online and find out about other activities and free events that are on that you may want to attend.
Choosing the right accommodation
There’s nothing better than having a big night out and being able to stumble back to your hostel when you want to call it a night. Many of the backpackers Sydney has to offer tourists are located right in the heart of the CBD, and only a short stroll to vantage points of the Mardi Gras Parade. Finding a taxi during one of the city’s busiest nights of the year will be difficult, so being able to walk back to where you are staying will not only save you money, but it’s way more convenient as well.
The Sydney Mardi Gras is something that has to be experienced. Over the years it has grown, attracting attention from people across the globe. If you want to experience something truly unique, the Mardi Gras is a wonderful festival, that’s more like a street party where every one’s invited, bringing people from all over the world together to celebrate equality.