Sydney WorldPride to include 300 events across Sydney landmarks

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The Harbour Bridge will be closed temporarily for a pride march.

More than 300 events are set to take place across some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks for Sydney WorldPride 2023, which will be held in conjunction with Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

What is billed as the largest event held in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics, the Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and Oxford Street will all be closed temporarily on dates across February and March.

Among the events will be a circuit party at The Domain, a Bondi Beach party and large-scale opening and closing ceremonies.

The Harbour Bridge will be closed temporarily on March 5 for a pride march which is expected to attract around 50,000 people.

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Bondi Beach will host a party during Sydney WorldPride.

“This will be such a momentous occasion … it will be a time to remember everyone who has come before us and paved the way for equality,” co-creative director Dan Clarke told the ABC.

Organisers of the massive LGBTQ+ event are also highlighting First Nations voices and experiences during the 17-day festival, including a First Nations Gathering Space at Carriageworks and a First Nations gala at the Sydney Opera House.

It’s not all partying though, with a three-day human rights conference being held at the International Convention Centre Sydney.

“[It will] examine the biggest issues facing our communities across the globe, with a strong focus on the Asia Pacific region,” Clarke said.

“We’ve got to remember that there’s over 60 countries in the world where homosexuality is still a criminal offence, so that needs to change.”

Previous host cities include London and New York, with Sydney marking the first time WorldPride is held in the Southern Hemisphere.