In 2019, the University of Sydney partnered with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as an official event supporter.
2019 marks the fourth year that we've joined the festivities on Oxford Street. Pride Network Champion, Professor Stephen Garton, said of the partnership: "I think it’s important for the University to be involved in the Mardi Gras festival because it expresses some of our core values."
"We’re an institution characterised by diversity and inclusion," he said. "It's a time for students and staff to celebrate the LGBTIQ community."
The Mardi Gras parade was on 2 March 2019 and this year's overarching theme was Fearless. We put together a vibrant float to embody our theme: Knowledge conquers fear.
On 17 February 2019, thousands of Sydneysiders flocked to sunny Victoria Park to celebrate Mardi Gras Fair Day. The University of Sydney had a stall, complete with a face painter, a photobooth and dozens of enthusiastic University staff and student volunteers who were around for a chat and a selfie or two.