The Harbour City is home to the world’s largest Mardi Gras and all you need to do to take part is organise Sydney Airport car rentals for March 1.
You will not be disappointed as you watch, or join in on the vibrant festival designed to provoke and entertain the crowds. You will be able to spot plenty of diversity and the excitement will be palpable as the extravagant floats and enthusiastic marching troops head along Oxford and Finders streets.
Around 10,000 people will be walking in the parade, promoting messages of love, creativity, political messages and satirical statements in the many lavish floats and spectacular costumes around the area.
Make sure you arrive early so that you get a good seat with a great view. Be aware of road closings if you plan on driving down in your car rental in Sydney as not all the major city roads will be open for business.
One great location to get a slice of the action is the new area called the Flinders seats. This allows you to get a more affordable viewing experience close to the action. It is located on the parade route on Flinders Street and you have the option of grandstand-style seating or a standing room location. A bonus of this area is that it is nice and close to bars, food and bathrooms, so you don’t need to take an adventure to find handy amenities.
Mardi Gras Party
The celebrations don’t stop there. A party to celebrate love will continue the festive vibe long after the streets have cleared of parade floats.
Organisers encourage party goers to prepare in their best threads. There’s an emphasis on tapping into the historical creative roots of Mardi Gras with some outlandish costumes or “the kind of outfit that will make the six o’clock news”.
Your eyes and ears will also be in for a treat with Australian-born Tina Arena performing for the crowds. She was voted the number one Australian female artist of all time in 2013. Not only that but her latest album, Reset, was the longest running Australian top 10 album by a solo artist last year.
Mardi Gras Ambassador and drag diva Courtney Act will be performing in a spectacular show sure to thrill the crowds at the party and will lead a cast of other dancers in an epic production on the main stage.
Tickets to this party have already gone on sale, so you’d be best to snap them up now while you’ve still got the chance.
The parade, which is the 36th one in Sydney, kicks off at 6.30 p.m. and finishes at 10 p.m. when the party will get started! This does not finish until 8 a.m. on March 2 so make sure you have your dancing shoes on and are well rested.