Mardi Gras

Western Sydney University is proud to take part in Sydney’s high profile Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, championing the lead for inclusion and equality across our campuses and within the communities of Greater Western Sydney. If you are interested in participating in the parade, keep a look out for announcements early in the year.Mardi Gras 2020 We All Matter


2020 Mardi Gras


'We All Matter' headlined Western Sydney University’s float at The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade this year. We were fortunate to be involved again in our sixth consecutive year attending the parade.

All floats were asked to answer the theme ‘What Matters’. At Western Sydney University each of us contribute our own individuality to this intricate fabric of university life. Our float was an example that all of us together make our University what it is. It is an environment where respect, inclusion, knowledge, individuality and belonging matter.

Mardi Gras 2020 We All Unlimited

This year the planning committee put their creative hats on to design the float with a science twist – the float itself signified atoms forming parts of a larger universe, our costumes were lab coats with a shooting star drawing in the University’s Western’s ‘Unlimited’ branding.

Our float was led by the following Executive team – Professor Michelle Trudgett, Professor Anna Cody, Professor Kate Stevens, Corrinne Sullivan and Susan Hudson.



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We thank Western's Ally Network for their leadership and assistance with preparing the University's float and their support of our LGBTIQ students and staff. Western's Ally Network is an endorsed group of students and staff committed to creating an inclusive and respectful culture at the University for LGBTIQ community members. To find out more about the Ally Network and LGBTIQ-related supports and activities, go to the University's Ally page.

View the 2020 Western Sydney University Mardi Gras video created by our media students.


2019 Mardi Gras


On Saturday 2 March 2019, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade again celebrated all the colours of diversity and inclusion, highlighting LGBTIQ lives, culture, community and creativity. Across its 41 year history the parade has been an inclusive expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) identity and pride.


Western Sydney University proudly hosted our 5th float in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. The theme was ‘Academic Superheroes: Queer inclusion and equality champions’, reflecting Western’s role as a leader in inclusion and equality through its academic mission.Mardi Gras 2019


Another fabulous Mardi Gras event full of colour, glitter and glamour.


Our academic superheros were accompanied by family, friends and the Pro Vice-Chancellor Kevin Bell and his wife Diane Bell, who joined the lead marchers on their celebratory walk up Oxford Street.

View the 2019 Western Sydney University Mardi Gras video (opens in new window).


We thank Western's Ally Network for their leadership and assistance with preparing the University's float and their support of our LGBTIQ students and staff. Western's Ally Network is an endorsed group of students and staff committed to creating an inclusive and respectful culture at the University for LGBTIQ community members.


2018 Mardi Gras


Mardi Gras 2018On Saturday 3 March 2018, the 40th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade celebrated the freedom to be whoever you are. The parade was an inclusive expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) identity and pride.


Western Sydney University was proud to again host a float in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. In 2018 our theme was ‘Love Unlimited’ and reflected the University’s strong commitment to equality and inclusion of our LGBTIQ students and staff.


This was the first mardi gras parade after the passing of the marriage equality legislation. This reflected in the spirit of the parade with celebrations of this historical milestone.


2017 Mardi Gras


In 2017, Western went to Mardi Gras, again!  Our third and biggest float so far.  Nearly 100 proud LGBTIQ Western students, staff and their straight Allies marched in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (opens in new window)  on 4 March 2017.


In 2017 we marched together, along with the Vice Chancellor, under the banner 'Equality Unlimited' showing the world Western's commitment to equal rights, diversity and inclusion regardless of sexual orientation or gender status.
Link to YouTube video (opens in new window)Mardi Gras 2017 Hope Flag


2016 Mardi Gras Float


In 2016, Western's Mardi Gras float grew into a large scale affair with 50 of our staff, students, alumni, and partner institutions joining in, and many more helping to prepare the float ready for the parade. We marched under the banner of 'Pride Unlimited' and proudly showed off the University's fabulous diversity and inclusion.Mardi Gras 2016 Float

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Western strives to demonstrate within and beyond the University our support and celebration of our LGBTIQ identifying staff, students and broader community and this year's Mardi Gras float illustrated this in every way.


Western's Executive lent its assistance to the 2016 Mardi Gras float including a call to all students and staff by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover, for Mardi Gras marchers.





2015 Inaugural Mardi Gras FloatMardi Gras 2015


In 2015 for the first time, the University's staff and students marched in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Our Ally Network, Queer Collective, and others from across the University paraded together under the banner 'UWS Unites' to demonstrate the University's support for inclusion and diversity in education.


Ally Network members Dr Tinashe Dune and Dr Ann Cheryl Armstrong published an academic article (opens in new window)  in the Journal of Social Inclusion about the organisational impact of the University's inaugural Mardi Gras float preparations