The Mardi Gras festival in Sydney is a time to celebrate with the LGBTIQ community. If you are looking to attend the parade or the festival, there is a range of accessibility options for you and your loved ones.
It’s time to celebrate the Mardi Gras parade, an inclusive evening that is full of spectacle and delight.The premise of the festival is for people from all walks of life and backgrounds to be free to live and love whoever they want. The parade takes place this Saturday the 2nd of March down Oxford Street. Which features spectacular floats and displays, thousands participate in a parade filled with colour and vibrancy, the city comes alive. Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the biggest festivals in the world, and brings thousands of visitors each year!
Accessibility at the Festival
To ensure you do not miss any of the festivities, it is wise to plan ahead, so that you can get a spot that is accessible and suits your needs.
If you are planning to view the parade and need exclusive access, you can learn more here. During the night there will be several accessible viewing platforms to ensure you are able to see all the wonders and sights. View the map here to see where they are located. The parade is not the only event during Mardi Gras – there’s a range of events to attend and participate in which you can find out about here.
- 6:50pm Welcome to Country, Taylor Square
- 7:00pm The roar of the Dykes on Bikes and Boys on Bikes is heard as they enter the Parade route from Anzac Parade, heading down Oxford Street to Hyde Park where they will turn around and head back up Oxford Street towards Taylor Square as the Parade prepares to start.
- 7:30pm Parade Starts at Whitlam Square, Oxford Street
- 11:00pm Parade Ends at Anzac Parade, Moore Park
What’s on this year?
People With Disabilities Australia, together with Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), Northcott, Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will proudly march together in the 2019 Mardi Gras Parade. At Mable we are all about giving people from diverse communities the chance to choose who supports them and when. Many clients who identify as LGBTIQ have recognized how important it is to have independent support workers who are LGBTIQ friendly, which is why we have the option for workers to identify this on their profile via a badge. Read our guide for LGBTIQ clients to help find the right worker.
What’s happening across the sector
The needs of ageing Australians who identify as LGBTIQ are increasingly being recognised by aged care providers. The Australian Government’s commitment to providing aged care services which are inclusive of seniors in the LGBTIQ+ community is reflected in the Aged Care Act, and there are government strategies in place for aged care providers to deliver inclusive and appropriate care.
The LGBTIQ Health Alliance, in partnership with the Nationality Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is developing an LGBTIQ strategy to guide the work of the NDIA in the coming years. The NDIA has been recognised for its commitment to disability employment as well as inclusive recruitment approaches for LGBTIQ people and other groups.
Want to connect with an independent support worker in your local community who could provide support at the 2019 Mardi Gras parade? Start searching on Mable today.