PrideFlagRaisingSydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras are excited to announce the return of iconic events to their glittering Festival program, running from 18 February – 6 March 2022.

Much-loved Mardi Gras events making their grand return in 2022 include: the annual flag raising at Sydney Town Hall, all-day community spectacular Fair Day, the official Mardi Gras Party, Laneway recovery party, the glam Paradiso Pool Party, queer comedy gala Laugh Out Proud, breathtaking ballroom extravaganza Sissy Ball, retro soiree Kaftana Party, Mardi Gras Film Festival and Queer Art After Hours – joining the previously announced Parade for next year’s Festival program.

“We’re so excited to bring back some of our most cherished events in 2022,” said Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger. “Our Festival has always served as a platform for self-expression through art and culture, and after two challenging years of limited contact, 2022 is an opportunity for us to not only unite, connect and be entertained; but also celebrate the diversity and creativity of our wonderful communities and share our pride to the world.”

Tickets to Mardi Gras Festival events and Parade go on sale at noon AEDT, Monday, 15 November.

From 11 am AEDT, Friday 12 November, Mardi Gras members will get presale access to all ticketed events and

American Express Card Members will receive 72 hours of pre-sale access from purchasing Parade, and Party tickets from 11 am AEDT, Friday 12 November. Visit for more information.

A Hardship Ticket Ballot presented by Principal Partner American Express has been established to provide the community with 3,000 complimentary tickets to enjoy the Parade. The ballot is for anyone experiencing financial strain and cannot afford a ticket to Parade, with registrations opening on Monday 15 Nov, ember and drawn randomly in early January. 78ers will receive four complimentary tickets to the Parade, and Mardi Gras members will receive two. 

The 2022 Mardi Gras theme is UNITED WE SHINE, signifying that LGBTQI+ communities shine brighter together. It reminds us of all that we can achieve when our communities rise as one. It calls to unite against LGBTQI+ people who continue to face inequalities. It empowers us with the strength that our history shows: that we have the power to create a more equitable society.

Mardi Gras Festival events returning in 2022 are:

Progress Pride Flag Raising
18 February 2022
Sydney Town Hall
Presented by the City of Sydney

The Progress Pride flag will rise at Sydney Town Hall on 18 February 2022 to mark the beginning of the Festival season. In the spirit of this season’s theme, UNITED WE SHINE, leading community members will unite as the international symbol of LGBTQI+ pride shines from one of Sydney’s most iconic buildings. The flag will fly until the end of the 2022 Festival.

Fair Day
Proudly presented in partnership with American Express
20 February 2022
Victoria Park

The all-day rainbow extravaganza that kicks off the Mardi Gras Festival is back with all the events and activations the community knows and loves – as well as a few surprises. Bask in the sunshine with a picnic, wander through the community stalls with your pooch in tow, kick off your heels, and dance the afternoon away as Fair Day turns into night. In 2022, Fair Day will spotlight emerging, ground-breaking culture defying LGBTQI+ artists, musicians, and organisations. Mardi Gras accepts stall registrations until 2 pm AEDT Monday, 15 November.

Kaftana Pool Party
23 February 2022
ivy Pool

Steam your muumuus and dust off your chunky costume jewellery, Kaftana Party is back. The iconic ivy Pool will be transformed into the ultimate retro summer daydream for this poolside afternoon of extravagant fabulousness. Sit back and sip on a Pink Lady and celebrate with a camp array of special guests, DJs, and live performances.

Laugh Out Proud
25 February 2022
Enmore Theatre

The queer comedy event of the year, Laugh Out Proud, is a one-night-only showcase delivering a melting pot of fan favourites, funny faithful, and rising stars in the Australian queer comedy scene. Following sold-out shows in 2020 and 2021, get in quick to snap up your tickets to this night of bent belly laughs.

Sissy Ball
26 February 2022
Sydney Town Hall

Join the fierce icons and rising stars of the Australian ballroom scene and soak in the essence of queer culture, art and expression at Sissy Ball. This year’s glam throw-down finds a new home at the regal Sydney Town Hall. Celebrating identity, fluidity and finesse with legendary house battles, live music, DJs, phenomenal performing artists, and a VIP viewing gallery.

Paradiso Pool Party
28 February 2022
ivy Pool

Sydney-siders and the global community unite for Paradiso Pool Party. We’re turning the iconic ivy Pool and Changeroom into the epitome of Mediterranean sun-kissed glam for the final day of summer. Escape the work week, pop on the out-of-office and pull up to a poolside cabana as the cocktails flow and the DJs, live vocalists, and musicians turn day into night.

5 March 2022
Sydney Cricket Ground

Mardi Gras Parade is the centerpiece of the Festival season, a powerful protest and glittering celebration of diversity. The iconic event brings LGBTQI+ people from all over to share their passion, champion equal rights, and show their pride to the world. In 2022, the Parade returns to the Sydney Cricket Ground, where tens of thousands of spectators will cheer on as marchers take to the field in a display of colour, community and love. The Parade will be broadcast live on ABC so audiences from across the country can tune in and be a part of the celebrations. Mardi Gras accepts parade registrations until 1 pm AEDT Monday, 15 November.

5 March 2022
Hordern Pavilion, Max Watts, Watsons & Entertainment Quarter surrounds

Step into a party playground of sensual celebration and joy as the largest LGBTQI+ party in the Southern Hemisphere celebrates its 40th edition at the Hordern Pavilion. This year, the official Mardi Gras Party returns to its roots with dance floors, chill-out spaces and quirky corners to explore. Plus, everyone’s favourite local and international DJs, pop-up shows and performance artists, just like they used to be.

6 March 2022
The Beresford and Hill Street

Wrap up the Mardi Gras weekend with the campest curb-side tradition. Spread across both levels of The Beresford and spilling out onto Hill Street, Laneway is the perfect way to bid farewell to Mardi Gras 2022. Treat yourself to a Laneway VIP ticket for the ultimate glam experience and exclusive access to the upstairs dancefloor, DJ, and performances.

Partnered Events:

Queer Screen’s 29th Mardi Gras Film Festival
17 February – 3 March 2022
Queer Screen’s 29th Mardi Gras Film Festival will bring the latest and best LGBTIQ+ films to cinema screens across Sydney and on-demand Australia-wide. The complete Program was announced on January 12.

Queer Art After Hours
Presented by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the Art Gallery of New South Wales
2 March 2022
Art Gallery of New South Wales

Witness the wonders of colourful camp artistry as the Art Gallery of New South Wales comes to life for Queer Art After Hours. Inspired by this year’s theme UNITED WE SHINE, this is your chance to hear the queer and salacious stories behind the Gallery’s collection. Discover the godly, the glamorous and the ground-breaking at this explosion of innovative performance art, installations, music and gallery tours – served with champagne till late.

And more to be announced.

Head to to start planning your Mardi Gras celebrations.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras are now accepting event registrations for the 2022 Festival, with Premium Event Registrations and Associated Event Registrations closing on 10 December 2021 and 7 January 2022, respectively. To find out more, visit

The 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival are proudly supported by Principal Partner American Express, Government Partner and Sponsor of the Mardi Gras Festival, the City of Sydney and Strategic Sponsor the NSW Government through its tourism and central events agency Destination NSW.  

What: 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival
When: 18 February – 6 March 2022
Members: all event presale Friday 12 November, 11 am AEDT
American Express Card Members: Parade and Party presale Friday 12 November, 11 am AEDT
General Public: all events on sale Monday 15 November 2022, 12 pm AEDT