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Sydney Mardi Gras 2018

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Sydney's first Mardi Gras, 1978, was a protest.

Sydney's first Mardi Gras, 1978, was a protest.

It's that time of year again. The time of year when Sydney suddenly gets a lot more colourful, a lot noisier, a lot happier and the parties can get really wild. It's time for Sydney Mardi Gras 2018. This year things promise to be bigger and better than ever before. For starters, there's even more than ever to celebrate. Not only does the Sydney Mardi Gras turn 40 this year it’s also the first time the event is being staged since the passage of the Marriage Equality Bill. Sydney promises to be alive with LGBTQI pride and fun for everyone, with dozens of performances, exhibitions and discussions culminating in the big - this year BIG - parade on March 3rd.

The Big Parade

The 40th Anniversary of Sydney Mardi Gras is set to be a huge turnout.

The 40th Anniversary of Sydney Mardi Gras is set to be a huge turnout.

As the events have been ongoing since the middle of February chances are you might have already been to a number of the events leading up to the biggest Sydney parade of the year. But there's the key; leading up to. Parade Day - and night -  is the big event. 

Not only are the locals out in force but so are the tourists, as Sydney Mardi Gras has become an international attraction that sees people fly in from all over the world. In fact, the parade attracts over 20,000 interstate and international visitors each year, and this year, because of all the extra significance attached to the celebrations, city officials are expecting even more. 

This year will mark 40 years of Sydney Mardi Gras and the very first time all citizens of Australia march as true equals under the the eyes of the law. This is a huge leap forward and stark contrast to the very first Mardi Gras held in 1978, which came in the form of a protest. 

195 different floats will be making their way down Oxford and Flinders streets this year, led by the 78'ers, a group made up of people who gathered at Taylor Square on a Saturday in June 1978 to march down Oxford Street at a time when homosexuality was still a criminal act. 

That night - even though many of them were arrested and later fined - marked the beginning of the Sydney Mardi Gras and the LGBTQI pride movement proper and so you can only assume that this year will be extra special for them, as look how far we've come. 

This year the parade will begin at 7 pm but unless you have reserved seating you might want to get your glad rags on and head down early to get the best possible views.

The Big Party

This year's headline act, Cher.

This year's headline act, Cher.

Right after the parade, the biggest of the parties starts and this year's headliner - Cher - is probably the perfect person to get it all started. She's going to be joined by a slew of DJs from all over the world - as well as some very familiar local faces - as well as Starley, 101 Dolls Squadron and many more.

You can check out the full line up at the Mardi Gras website but it promises to be a blast.

Mardi Gras Madness

The wildest party weekend of the year is a time of joy and celebration for sure. But it can also be a night of nasty little mishaps. We know this first hand, and every year brings its fair share of dental emergencies.

Lots of dancing, lots of drinking and lots of eating can result in nasty toothaches (do you know how much sugar is in those frothy cocktails??) and even chipped and broken teeth (dancing + crowds + costumes may = trips and falls)

This year our team will be attending the festivities and will be closed from 2pm Saturday afternoon and reopen Monday at 7am. While we hope you have a fabulous time and nothing terrible befalls you, accidents do happen so party safe.

Emergency Dentist Sydney Says:

If you're arriving late to the parade be sure to bring some change so you can buy yourself a milk create to watch the parade from the back!

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