pride villages information

What are the Pride Villages?

Oxford Street is home to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, and as part of the Sydney WorldPride celebrations, areas of this beloved LGBTQIA+ district will be closed to traffic to create a fabulous (and free!) festival hub.

For 10 days from 24 February, portions of Crown and Riley Street will be closed to create pedestrian-only areas. The Pride Villages will become home to daily stalls, performances, dining and a place to connect with friends and family in between WorldPride events.

On weekends, Crown Street will be home to a stage with nightly shows and special extended entertainment.

To mark the final weekend of Sydney WorldPride (4-5 March), Oxford Street will also be closed for a once-in-a-lifetime street party. That’s in addition to the annual Oxford Street closure for the Mardi Gras Parade on 25 February!

The Pride Villages will be brought to life thanks to the generous support of the NSW Government.

Dan Clarke and Ben Graetz stand in costume on the rainbow crossing Taylor Square

Pride Villages Locations and Dates

A map of Oxford St Darlinghurst and surrounds in black and grey with Oxford Street highlighted in purple and adjoining portions of Riley, Crown and Bourke Streets highlighted in dark pink. Text says, "Pride Villages Event Footprint"

Road Closures Forming the Pride Villages Event Footprint

STREET CLOSEDSTREETS BORDERING CLOSUREDATES CLOSED
Riley StreetFrom Waine Street to Oxford StreetFri 24 Feb to Sun 5 Mar 2023
Crown StreetFrom Campbell Street to Oxford StreetFri 24 Feb to Sun 5 Mar 2023
Taylor Square NorthFrom Foley Street to Oxford StreetFri 24 Feb to Sun 5 Mar 2023
Oxford StreetFrom Liverpool Street to Taylor SquareSat 4 Mar to Sun 5 Mar 2023

General FAQs

The current proposed details are:

CROWN STREET

Footprint: Street closure between Oxford Street and Campbell Street
Install dates: Wed 22 Feb – Fri 24 Feb 2023
Live dates: Fri 24 Feb – Sun 5 Mar 2023
Removal dates: Late Sun 5 Mar – Early morning Mon 6 Mar 2023

Live timings:
Weekdays: Afternoon and evening
Weekends: All day and into evening

RILEY STREET

Footprint: Street closure between Oxford Street and Goulburn Street
Install dates: Wed 22 Feb – Fri 24 Feb 2023
Live dates: Fri 24 Feb – Sun 5 Mar 2023
Removal dates: Late Sun 5 Mar – Early morning Mon 6 Mar 2023

Live timings:
Weekdays: Afternoon and evening
Weekends: All day and into evening

TAYLOR SQUARE NORTH

Footprint: Paved area around the former toilet block, in front of the courthouse. No street closure planned on days other than the Mardi Gras Parade.
Install dates: Wed 22 Feb – Fri 24 Feb 2023
Live dates: Fri 24 Feb – Sun 5 Mar 2023
Removal dates: Late Sun 5 Mar – Early morning Mon 6 Mar 2023

Live timings:
Weekdays: Afternoon and evening
Weekends: All day and into evening

OXFORD STREET

Footprint: Street closure between College Street and Flinders Street
Install dates: Sat 4 Mar 2023 (early morning)
Live dates: Sat 4 Mar – Sun 5 Mar 2023
Removal dates: Late Sun 5 Mar – Early morning Mon 6 Mar 2023

Live timings:
Saturday: Afternoon and evening
Sunday: All day and into evening

All details are indicative only and the event footprint, overlay and management arrangements are subject to support and approval from key stakeholders such as NSW Police, Liquor & Gaming NSW and City of Sydney.

The exact footprint and arrangements will consider all business and resident requirements, with the road closure footprint subject to approval by the City of Sydney traffic committee.

Sydney WorldPride will be closing the streets using traffic management control (known as hostile vehicle mitigation) like what is used for the Mardi Gras Parade.

There will be a small stage on Crown Street and a stage at the Hyde Park end of Oxford Street for performances. The event footprint will be on the roadway and all footpaths will need to remain clear to allow unimpeded access to businesses and adequate space for pedestrians to pass through that aren’t participating in the event.

Styling will be installed, including furniture and art installations. There is an intention to welcome market stalls occupied by community organisations or small businesses, but the exact mechanism is still being worked out.

The activation strategy will prioritise existing businesses; the City of Sydney will work closely with Sydney WorldPride, NSW Police and Liquor & Gaming NSW to explore opportunities for businesses to extend their outdoor dining and liquor licence in front of their premises.

Additional licensed food and beverage outlets may be required to service the demand of the attendees. Opportunities for these additional outlets will be prioritised for existing retailers within the precinct. Additional providers may also be brought in to complement the offering of existing businesses, but the layout of the potential additional licensed areas is still to be confirmed. Sydney WorldPride will strive to ensure that any potential competing vendors or businesses are either avoided or located far from each other.

The Mardi Gras Parade is on Saturday 25 Feb 2023 and the activation of the Pride Villages on this day will be downscaled (eg furniture removed, more cleared / open spaces) due to crowd management considerations.

Everyone is welcome!

Thousands of people are expected to pass through the Pride Villages daily. The site will be open to the public and free to attend.

Pride Villages is an all ages activation, with families welcomed to enjoy the festivities. Alcohol will only be allowed to be consumed within designated licensed areas. The activation strategy will prioritise existing businesses; the City of Sydney will work closely with Sydney WorldPride, NSW Police and Liquor & Gaming NSW to explore opportunities for businesses to extend their outdoor dining and liquor licence in front of their premises on the road.

Additional licensed food and beverage outlets may be required to service the demand of the attendees. Opportunities for these additional outlets will be prioritised for existing retailers within the precinct. Additional providers may also be brought in to complement the offering of existing businesses, but the layout of the potential additional licensed areas is still to be confirmed. Sydney WorldPride will strive to ensure that any potential competing vendors or businesses are either avoided or located far from each other.

Enhancing and celebrating a legendary destination

  • Darlinghurst and Surry Hills have a rich 40+ year LGBTQIA+ history, with Oxford Street being the heart of Sydney’s queer culture and home of the iconic Mardi Gras Parade
  • Oxford Street is one of the first destinations for international or interstate queer visitors arriving in Sydney
  • Opportunity for Sydney to join the ranks of other international metropolises with pedestrian “queerbourhoods” on major arterial roads, including Montreal, San Francisco, Barcelona, London and Manchester

Revitalising the precinct

  • Encourages post-COVID local and small business recovery and maximises economic impact
  • Creates a reason for participants to keep coming back to the precinct as an inclusive and diverse entertainment and dining destination

Enhancing the participant and artist experiences

  • Provides free events and creates a dynamic area for hanging out and enjoying art, performance, and the precinct
  • Provides performance and creative opportunities for artist
  • Assists in establishing the event’s significance as a global event

The Pride Villages start on Fri 24 Feb 2023 and go for 10 days, and the Mardi Gras Parade is the next day on Sat 25 Feb 2023.

On Sat 25 Feb 2023 the Oxford Street closure for the Parade will be annexed to the Pride Villages on Crown and Riley Streets for a free flow of pedestrian traffic on the south side of Oxford Street. Due to crowd safety considerations, the activation in the Pride Villages on the Parade day will be limited.

Sydney WorldPride will work closely with traffic management specialists, the City of Sydney and Transport for NSW to analyse the impact of Pride Villages on traffic and bus routes. Alternative routes will be identified and implemented.

In 2019, AsheMorgan in partnership with TOGA, took over the 99-year lease of these buildings, which have their main frontages to Oxford Street and the Foley Street laneway.

The buildings will likely be under construction during the festival period and will be enclosed in hoardings that will be adorned with a bespoke artwork designed by an artist from the local LGBTQIA+ community.

Head to their website for more information – click here.

This event was made possible due to the generous support of Create NSW – to see NSW Government media release, click here. The funds provided will be invested into event costs, including staging, production, infrastructure, security and artists.

Key government agencies have confirmed their in-principle support including City of Sydney, NSW Police, Ambulance NSW, Fire & Rescue and Transport for NSW (pending final plan approvals).

Business FAQs

Sydney WorldPride will be engaging with each business and resident group to communicate the impact of the event, outline opportunities for involvement and consult about their loading, servicing and access needs. Please subscribe to our mailing list to keep across announcements – click here.

The City of Sydney is working closely with Sydney WorldPride, NSW Police and Liquor & Gaming NSW to explore opportunities for businesses to extend their outdoor dining and liquor licence in front of their premises. There are also opportunities for retailers to display their goods on the road outside their premises.

Businesses are encouraged to decorate their shops and program events and activities to engage with patrons during the entirety of the Sydney WorldPride Festival between 17 Feb – 5 Mar 2023.

If you are planning to host an event during Sydney WorldPride, consider registering it as part of Pride Amplified – click here.

There may be opportunities for businesses that exist outside the footprint to be involved within the footprint, but details are not yet confirmed.

With thousands of additional visitors arriving in Sydney for WorldPride, the foot traffic to the entire Oxford Street precinct and surrounds is expected to increase substantially. All businesses are encouraged to activate as they often normally would during Mardi Gras.

Sydney WorldPride’s investment for this project is focused on activating the street and we are unfortunately not able to contribute to individual businesses.

The City of Sydney offers various funding initiatives, head to their website for more details – click here.

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Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.