Information about Gay Pride in Australia
People from around the world have recognized several of the gay pride events in Australia as being must-attend gatherings due to the history and grandeur associated with their top pride parade lineups and other LGBTI festivals. Not only do locals revel in the fun. Many of these celebrations draw visitors from other countries and last for a few weeks.
Sydney does not have the market cornered on impressive international attendance numbers, but it is home to the country’s biggest gay pride affairs with its Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. This annual LGBT pride parade and festival sees hundreds of thousands of attendees from all over the world.
Happenings associated with the event begin in the middle of February and extend into March, as the parade normally takes place on the first Saturday of March. It is one of the largest such festivals in the world, and those who partake embrace the historic slant. Starting in 1978, when pride supporters were arrested by heavy-handed police in Australia, the annual pride movement flourished.
Today, the parade is a top-tier soirée, paying homage to the LGBTI community and their allies. Though there is still a political slant to the 1.1-mile parade that draws approximately 300,000 spectators. Many floats and marching groups boast a theme to call attention to gay and lesbian rights issues.
Another of Australia’s notable gay pride bashes is Victoria’s Midsumma Festival that starts the year off right. Launching in January of each year, Midsumma is designed to celebrate those who share experiences in gender and sexual diversity. With over 500 culture-makers in more than 100 varied venues in Melbourne and wider Victoria, the fest sees audiences exceeding 284,000 and plays host to nearly 200 events that spotlight myriad art forms including theatre, live music, cabaret, film and sport.
Camping and music enthusiasts flock to Victoria’s Lake Mountain Alpine Resort for February’s annual Gaytimes Festival. This premier queer fest features an eclectic music lineup on multiple stages, in addition to visual arts performances, yoga and food truck fare. Self-expression is at the fore while celebrating diversity in a picturesque, accepting setting.
Ringing in the New Year can be done in style, courtesy of Tropical Fruits, a preeminent LGBTIQ collective in the Northern Rivers in NSW. Though they host events throughout the year, their NYE jamboree remains a desired destination for a broad audience from across the globe. Running the course of four days, an opening street parade kicks off the affair, and an epic party, fireworks and an art exhibition round out the itinerary.