2021 Mardi Gras Parade

How crazy is this year?  Let's say it straight up, we don't know what will be happening for the parade this summer, so we are taking a limited number of registrations, and will see what transpires with MG in the coming weeks.  If it's off we'll refund everyone.  If the final result isn't to your liking, you can withdraw.

With that, the LWP Committee is looking forward to another great summer on the beaches, regardless of the Mardi Gras parade.  As a member of Lifesavers with Pride, you are showing your support for our mission of creating a welcoming, inclusive and progressive lifesaving culture for the LGBTIQ community.  Whilst our reach covers the whole country, this page is devoted solely to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

Note that the Mardi Gras parade this year is scheduled for Saturday 7 March 2021.  We will only be filling 40 spots to start with through this process, and will take names on a waiting list again in order to better manage those who miss out. Last year we had too many people so will utilise our waiting list better.  If you are at this site, it means you have paid membership.  If you have not paid membership, any registration you make will be refunded until you take out membership here


We have not arranged any details yet for rehearsals as we don't know what they will encompass.  These will be released closer, but generally will be 6 weekday evenings, in the 3 weeks preceding the parade, at a venue central to the city and beaches.

For those entering from out of town, and those who just want to practice more, we will post a video online once rehearsals have started.  This will give you about 2 weeks to practice and learn the routine, the same as those of us attending rehearsals.

We will have a final 2 hour pre-parade rehearsal at 3pm immediately prior to the parade on Saturday 07 March 2021 that all entrants must attend.  This includes interstate, regional and local marchers, as well as volunteers and supporters.  More details regarding the day itself will be provided closer, including our post parade venue.


We will look into swimwear when we know what format the parade will take, but anticipate a pair of swimwear for each participant.  Remember that Rival sizes are quite large, so chose a smaller size if in doubt.  Be sure to wear them on the beach and post images to social media including the hashtags  #lwp2020 #proudbeaches and #lifesaverswithpride.  You will need to wear this swimwear and your patrol cap to the final dress rehearsal, as well as to the parade.  Also you will need to provide your own all white footwear (and socks) to the parade.  


Our fees for marchers has dropped to $100 for entry as a marcher for 2020/21 due to the creation of a membership fee of $20 already paid.  Only members are able to join the parade.  Membership is available here.  Anyone seeking financial support for the parade should get in touch with the committee providing supporting reasons.


For the last 3 years the LWP MG Parade rego process filled its full quota in between 24 and 48 hours.  The LWP Committee now offer selected members preferential registration based on their contributions in previous years.  Our members who assisted in 2019/20 with the committee or participated in other activities such as photo shoots, media events, Fair Day both local and regional, LWP Mardi Gras events, LWP out of season events, and any other directly related assistance will receive first availability.  Once these offers have been taken up, the remaining spots will be put out to offer.  Therefore, if you are keen to march in future years, be sure to help out this season by involving yourself in the LWP events and engaging with the committee to see where support can be provided.

Unfortunately in previous years LWP has had issues with people being drunk whilst marching in the parade.  The committee reserves the right to refuse membership to anyone who did not comply with this in previous seasons.

In order to become a member of LWP for 2020/21, you need to agree to the following conditions;

  • I am a fully paid up member of LWP.  If I have not paid up, my registration will be canceled and I will be refunded.
  • I support the goals of LWP, which is to promote lifesaving within the LGBTIQ community, and to support our LGBTIQ members within the lifesaving community.
  • As a marcher, I confirm that I am, or have been, an active nipper, SRC or lifesaver of an Australian Surf Life Saving Club
  • I will be available from 3pm until the conclusion of the parade on Saturday 09 March 2021.
  • I am aware that I will be representing Surf Life Saving Australia on the day of the parade and I will abide by both the SLSA and LWP Codes of Conduct, which includes a zero drug and alcohol policy.
  • I am aware that should I appear inebriated, intoxicated, or under the influence of any drugs in any way I will be asked to leave, and will not be reimbursed.
  • I will be available for at least four of the six scheduled rehearsals prior to parade day.
  • I accept that I will be photographed as part of the entry and may have my image used in Mardi Gras or LWP marketing.
  • I am aware that all communications regarding the parade entry will be circulated through both the facebook group and the website blog, and that I regularly access these communications.

You will be asked to confirm these terms and conditions, as part of our six questions such as your swimwear size after you have purchased your tickets.  Your booking will not be held if you do not complete the survey.

As mentioned earlier, once the format of the parade is announced, we'll have more details about our entry, and we will refund everyone if any new parade format isn't suitable for LWP.



Similarly we don't know what the program for Fair Day will be, but we do know that it's a great opportunity to get out and show off LWP to the LGBTIQ community.  When announcements are made regarding the event, we'll pass on these details to all our members.  We really want to send a message that SLSA is welcoming and progressive, so the more people the better.  At the moment, Fair Day will be in Victoria Park on Sunday 21 February 2021 from 10am until 4pm, and we ask that everyone drops by with their uniforms and swimmers.  It's a great day so fingers crossed it gets the go ahead on one form or another.



March 06, 2021 at 3:00pm - 11pm
Mardi Gras Parade Route
Meet near the Tennis Courts at Sydney Boys High School corner of Cleveland Street and South Dowling Steet
Moore , NSW 2021
Google map and directions
Andrew Hoppe

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