…and the winner is SYDNEY! World Pride 2023 gets the green light and comes to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time!

After an ongoing campaign that lasted a little over 3 months, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras were triumphant in securing their bid to host international marquee Pride event, WorldPride 2023.

Members of the worldwide Interpride network voted with Sydney garnering 60% of the vote against other contenders Montreal (36%) and Huston (3%).  The results were  announced in Athens, Greece overnight at the annual InterPride AGM making it the first time ever that WorldPride will take place in the Southern Hemisphere and Asia-Pacific region.

The boost to the economy according to forecasts from Deloitte will include an increase in visitor growth of between 25-40% in addition to the 1.094-1.225 million visitors for Mardi Gras.   Sydney will be the first stop, and other regional attractions will see visitation pre and post event.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Co-Chair Giovanni Campolo-Arcidiaco, says: “This is a major win for Sydney, Australia and the region more broadly. Bringing WorldPride Down Under means we can celebrate and shine a spotlight on the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQI community in the region.”

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Co-Chair Kate Wickett, says: “We’d like to say a huge thank you 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.  This has been a truly collaborative pitch.”

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Highlighted at the Sydney Opera House at this morning's media launch, As well as it being one of the biggest parties in the world Sydney could ever host, it’s a boost to the leisure sector and local businesses should Sydney Mardi Gras’ bid to secure hosting rights to World Pride 2023 eventuate. . . WorldPride is the largest gathering of LGBTQI communities globally, and is held every two years in a host city. If Mardi Gras is successful in its pitch to InterPride – the international association of pride organisations that decides the location – it will be the first time WorldPride is held in the Southern Hemisphere. . . WorldPride will bring over one million visitors to Sydney from all over the globe, for a festival which will include significant new events on top of the annual Mardi Gras program. In 2019 Sydney’s Mardi Gras festival made a $131.1 Million contribution to the NSW economy by bringing over 68,000 visitors to Sydney from interstate and around the world. . . Sydney WorldPride has the potential to attract over 1 million attendees, with a total economic footprint of $600-800million. . . . Cover Image: Jeffrey Feng / Vincent Rommelare, Sydney Mardi Gras . . Coming to the party? Want to volunteer or donate? Want to keep up with news and get first dibs on tickets? Anyone can join as a member, its your celebration too! www.sydneymardigras.org.au . #sydneymardigras #aconnsw #worldpride2023

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WorldPride Committee Chair Robyn Kennedy, says: “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,”

Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham says: “Sydney has long demonstrated its ability to host spectacular world-class events that attract visitors from right across Australia and around the globe.  It is absolutely fitting that Australia and particularly Sydney celebrate our diversity through such a symbolic event that will also deliver a huge boost to our tourism industry.  Congratulations to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the wider LGBTQI community and all other supporters on the work they have done to secure the internationally renowned extravaganza that is World Pride 2023. We are proud to have helped secure this win and look forward to promoting an event not to be missed!”

NSW Minister for Arts Don Harwin says “I am absolutely delighted that Sydney has been chosen to host this incredible event, which coincides with the 45th anniversary of the first Mardi Gras Parade and the 50th Anniversary of the first Australian Gay Pride Week.“This event will attract thousands of international visitors and put Sydney on the world map as a truly inclusive and united global city.”

Michelle Jablko ANZ Chief Financial Officer and Executive Sponsor of ANZ Pride says: “We are so excited that World Pride 2023 is coming to Sydney and what it means for Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. ANZ is proud to have supported this bid not only because of our enduring partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, but also as a way we can demonstrate our commitment to diversity, inclusion and respect to the community. Congratulations to the team who worked so hard on this bid.”

Credit: Jeffrey Feng Photography / Original Spin

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