Mardi Gras & WorldPride
Sydney will be transformed into a Rainbow City for Sydney WorldPride 2023, with organisations across Greater Sydney installing rainbow monuments to celebrate the festival. The addition of the Progress Pride Flag colours will see the Coogee Rainbow included as part of Sydney WorldPride’s Rainbow City.
Randwick Pride and Coogee Beach
Presented as part of Sydney WorldPride Pride Amplified and Rainbow City 2023
Date: Saturday 18 February 2023
Time: 2-6pm with formal proceedings at 2.30pm
Location: Coogee Beach Rainbow Walkway
Join us on the 18th February for a fantastic afternoon of live music and entertainment by Kaleidoscope Dream. Featuring some fabulous drag queen performances, come down to the Coogee Rainbow for a chance to take a photo with a drag queen and a grab a free scoop of ice cream!
The event will be hosted by Julie McCrossin AM, with speeches to be held at 2.30pm and feature a Welcome to Country from the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council, speeches from Cr Dylan Parker the Mayor of Randwick, and Albert Kruger the CEO of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Randwick City Library is running a number of fun events for children of all ages to celebrate Sydney WorldPride, for mroe infomration please visit their webpage here.
The Coogee Rainbow is getting an update!
The Coogee Rainbow will be updated to include five additional Progress Pride Flag colours to create a more inclusive rainbow that welcomes and celebrates our diverse community.
Read more about it here
Rainbow Flag Raising at Randwick Town Hall
Commencing in 2015, each year Randwick City Council raises a rainbow flag at Randwick Town Hall to celebrate the commencement of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and to show support for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Last year, the progressive pride flag was raised for the first time by Mayor Dylan Parker (below, right).
Coogee Rainbow Walkway
In December 2020, Randwick Councillors unanimously supported an initiative to install a temporary 50-metre rainbow walkway on Coogee Beach Promenade as part of a Randwick City Council proposal to celebrate diversity, inclusivity and equality.
Watch a time lapse video of the rainbow installation here
Coogee Rainbow Walkway Official Ribbon Cutting
On Saturday 20th February 2021, Coogee Beach’s rainbow walkway was unveiled with colourful fanfare at a ribbon cutting ceremony by former Randwick Mayor Danny Said, Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger and Destination NSW CEO Steve Cox. Special performances were given by esteemed Sydney drag artists Charisma Belle, Carmen Geddit and Hannah Conda on the rainbow. The event was hosted by journalist and LGBTQIA+ advocate Julie McCrossin AM