mardi-gras-03The annual Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is one of Sydney’s biggest and most glamorous spectacles. Each year tens of thousands line the streets of Sydney, wearing their most fabulous outfits – complete with dancing shoes, of course – to gaze upon the spectacular floats, marching groups, dancers, bikes and people of every colour of the rainbow.

To help the Parade’s biggest fans and supporters beat the crowds and get the best seat in the house on 1st March, Mardi Gras organisers are releasing on Monday two fabulous new parade viewing areas, The Diamond Club and The Flinders Seats, ensuring those in the mood for creature comforts can leave their milk crates at home and not miss one sequin, one sparkle, one dance move or scantily dressed float goer.

Spectators will be able to enjoy the visual seduction of the Parade on their own terms. Whether they want to be right in the middle of the action, rubbing shoulders with the VIPs, or relaxing in a seat with a great view of every inch of the parade, Mardi Gras has their supporters covered.

mardi-gras-01Member for Coogee, Bruce Notley-Smith said “This is a fantastic initiative from Mardi Gras and one that the whole community will welcome. Essentially, these new viewing areas will provide more Sydneysiders and visitors alike with the perfect vantage point to experience and enjoy in comfort the sights and sounds of this spectacular event, renowned throughout the world.”

Though extravagant, the new viewing areas won’t burn a hole in punters party budgets. With ticket prices for The Diamond Club starting at $99 for members and The Flinders Seats from $143, Mardi Gras has made it even easier to enjoy all the sparkle in style, even offering family packages for those wanting to share one of the year’s most anticipated events with their loved ones.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian CEO, Michael Rolik says “We really wanted to make viewing the parade more accessible to the many people who want to experience all the night has to offer, without having to navigate the crowds. We feel the new viewing experiences we are creating will greatly enhance people’s enjoyment of the magical Mardi Gras Parade.

“Formerly known as Club Tropicana, The Diamond Club – presented in partnership with ANZ – will have an outdoor club-style experience right in the heart of the action at Taylor Square. Complete with cocktail bars, DJs, easy mardi-gras-02access to bathrooms and the chance to rub shoulders with stars and VIPs, you never know who you’ll meet in this buzzing precinct. And most importantly – it’s the best place to watch every show-stopping moment of the spectacular parade, with a premium view of Taylor Square where the floats stop for their big “show” moments. Members-only priced tickets are available to “Friends with Benefits” members of the Mardi Gras family. Find out details on how to join on the Mardi Gras website:

For families, and those wanting to experience the Parade from a seat, the grandstand seating at The Flinders Seats is the best and most affordable option! This year organisers have moved what used to be known as The Glamstand, to a new, more central and accessible location on Flinders Street. It’s a fantastic option for those looking for that great unobstructed view, while being close to the action – Grand Prix-style!

Included in the ticket price for The Flinders Seats is a ride from Central Station to the Parade route, easy access to toilets, food, drinks, a great view, and video screens. That way audience members won’t miss any of the cheeky, bold and hilarious commentary that Mardi Gras is famous for, while they soak up the animated, lively and family friendly surroundings.

mardi-gras-04Tickets for The Flinders Seats are available for all ages and are easily accessible, with family ticket bundles available. Tickets for the Parade viewing areas go on sale this Monday 23 December at midday. Limited tickets are available for each section, and they are expected to go quick! For more details, and to be first in that (digital) queue come Monday morning, head HERE:

Friends with Benefits members will receive an email on Monday with a link to purchase member-priced tickets, so keep an eye on your inbox!

For more information about Mardi Gras’ jam-packed calendar of summer events, head to


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the world’s most spectacular celebration of LGBTQI pride and diversity. Each year, tens of thousands of international and interstate visitors come to Sydney to experience a three-week festival of over 100 events, culminating in the iconic Mardi Gras Parade and Party.

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.