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Sydney Opera House will help Mardi Gras launch its full 2018 program by lighting its sails a blazing

In 2018, Sydney will celebrate the historic 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi. To help launch the full 2018 program, the Sydney Opera House will be lighting its sails a blazing hot pink in celebration of the iconic event on November 3.

This coming Festival will focus on the evolution of Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras has become a 17 day celebration of performance, art, self-expression and community that culminates in a world-renowned glittering spectacle of love and protest, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. A very different story than the first protest in 1978, Mardi Gras has evolved into a celebration of equality.

Mardi Gras will officially unveil the full program of events at a special glitter-filled, invite-only party on the Forecourt of the Opera House. The Opera House sails will then shine a fabulous pink as the sun sets on Sydney’s Harbour around 7:40 pm.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

“Mardi Gras is 40 years young, and we can’t think of a more fabulous way to announce our full program than by painting the most iconic building in Australia pink,” said Terese Casu, Mardi Gras Arts CEO.

“2017 has been a big year for the LGBTQI community worldwide, as we continue to strive for equality, and in some cases, fight for our very lives. The hot pink sails of the Sydney Opera House will be a dazzling beacon of queer recognition and celebration, beamed around the globe,” said Casu.

This fabulous night will be hosted by Joel Creasey, and with special performances by Dannii Minogue, Samantha Jade, Trevor Ashley and more, this year’s Mardi Gras launch looks to be one the most exciting of all time.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival kicks off on Friday 16 February 2018 with seventeen sparkling days jam-packed with parties, performance, family and community events that culminate with the iconic Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday 3 March 2018. The extravagant SGLMG Parade will celebrate four decades of love, protest, diversity, acceptance, activism, pride, family, passion, creativity, drama and satire.

Tickets to the full MG program go on sale Friday 3 November at

Sydney Mardi Gras

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