Sydney Mardi Gras wins bid to host WorldPride 2023

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has won its bid to host biennial mega-festival WorldPride in Australia in 2023.

WorldPride is the largest global gathering of LGBTIQ communities and a different city hosts the event every two years.

Members of the worldwide InterPride network of Pride organisations voted between the three contenders – Sydney, Montreal and Houston – as host city for WorldPride 2023.

The final results were Sydney 60%, Montreal 36% and Houston 3%. InterPride announced Sydney’s win in Athens, Greece at their annual AGM.

Sydney WorldPride will be held over February and March in 2023, to coincide with that year’s 45th anniversary Mardi Gras.

This will be the first time ever WorldPride has come to the Southern Hemisphere and the Asia-Pacific region.

Every WorldPride features four staple events: an opening ceremony, a closing ceremony, a Pride march and a human rights conference attracting at least 1,000 delegates.

A WorldPride in Sydney has the potential to attract over 1 million attendees, Mardi Gras said.

‘The world will march with us’ at Sydney WorldPride

Announcing the news, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras team thanked everyone for their votes and support from around the world.

“This is a major win for Sydney, Australia and the region more broadly,” Mardi Gras co-chair Giovanni Campolo-Arcidiaco said.

“Bringing WorldPride Down Under means we can celebrate and shine a spotlight on the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQI community in the region.”

WorldPride Committee Chair Robyn Kennedy added, “Interpride has recognised how far Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has come since 1978.

“And now the world will march with us down Oxford Street to celebrate our community and support our region.

The Mardi Gras team says the WorldPride event in Sydney has the potential to attract over 1 million attendees to the city.

“A huge thanks to our federal, state, and local governments, corporate and community partners, the extended team at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as well as our global community for helping bring WorldPride to Sydney 2023,” Mardi Gras Co-Chair Kate Wickett said.

“This has been a truly collaborative pitch.”

WorldPride 2021 to be held in Denmark and Sweden

WorldPride was first held in Rome in 2000. Since then, Jerusalem, London, Toronto and others have hosted the festival.

This year’s WorldPride was in New York City and coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots on June 28.

Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden will both host the next WorldPride in 2021.

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