Back for a 3rd year, Colour the Streets is one of many events on the calendar for the 42nd Mardi Gras festival in Sydney. With a theme of 'What Matters', the Streets of Barangaroo are glitzier than ever with art installations and bright decorations.
The mane of the Pride Lion at Exchange Place has had a rainbow makeover, making it even more bold and proud. It will certainly have you snapping a pic or two with your besties and is an example of the message to remind people to tame fears, take risks, be strong and courageous.
Before the makeover. Be sure to capture him in his new rainbow glory.
Plenty of opportunities exist for self-expression at this event. One option is to channel your inner Cher at a night of singalongs and laughs with Bingay in Wild Sage restaurant and bar. This slightly more adult form of bingo on 20 February, from 6.00pm, will see lots of naughty calls, cheeky banter and hilarious shenanigans. Delicious food, colourful cocktails, prizes and giveaways, will make it an evening to remember. Tickets are $20 (all games) with the proceeds going to charity and the support of ACON (a health services organisation for the LGBTQI community).
Drag and Dine is another evening of fun, this time on 27 February from 5.30pm, where you can enjoy some frivolity when dining at one of the waterfront venues on Wulugul Walk. Performances from the effervescent Prada Clutch will have you in high spirits. You can view the venues here.
Many lifestyle retailers and restaurants at this harbourside precinct will continue the sensory journey with Rainbow Hour at The Streets, where limited edition items and special themed menus will have you devouring all the colours of the rainbow. Wellness gifts for yourself or your special someone, too-pretty-to-eat desserts and dazzling cocktails are some of the treats you'll find. This Mardi Gras magic will take place for the entire duration of the event (14Feb-1Mar), from 3pm-6pm daily.
The Streets of Barangaroo are south of Barangaroo Reserve and are dominated by three towers of retailers and the circular building of Barangaroo House. Getting there is easy with the Wynyard Walk, pedestrian bridges and the ferry wharf as access points. The area is also well connected with buses and the Sydney Cycleways network.
So have fun enjoying this event, whether you're part of the LGBTQI community or not. It certainly will be colourful.