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Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival

Mardi Gras 2016 was a great success for Dayenu, celebrating its 16th anniversary of marching in the Parade. We've marched every year since Dayenu's creation in 2000 (except for 2006).

A lot has changed since 2000. Back then, a Jewish float in the Parade was front-page news in the Australian Jewish News, and while the newspaper was very supportive of Dayenu, there was outrage within certain sections of the Sydney Jewish community. Letters and articles supporting and opposing the Jewish GLBTI community were published in the pages of the AJN for months. You can see them all in Dayenu's archives.

Ultimately, the overall response was positive, resulting in increased awareness of and support for GLBTI issues within the mainstream Jewish community. Unfortunately, there remains an undercurrent of unwavering homophobia from certain individuals within the more traditional sections of the community.

If you would like to march with Dayenu's float in the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade, please contact us at parade@dayenu.org.au.

Working Bee for Mardi Gras

Come for an hour or as long as suits, on either Saturday 25th February 2pm-6pm or Sunday 26th February 10am-2pm. Bring your old clothes and help paint and glitter some precut signs so they will look fabulous for the Parade..

For more details, please see the Facebook event. Contact Kim on 0408-652394 for the venue, if it's not on the event.



Mardi Gras Fair Day

For a number of years now, Fair Day has marked the start of the Mardi Gras Festival. Please see our archives page for photos of previous years’ stalls.

There have been problems securing a site for this year’s Fair Day, so we will let you know as soon as we know.
Dayenu will again have a stall at Fair Day. Come on down and say hello to the Dayenu team. We need volunteers to help out at the at the stall between 9am and 4pm. Choose your 90 minute slot. If you would like to help out please email Alex Linker.


Emanuel Synagogue's Mardi Gras Shabbat Service and Dinner

Celebrate the start of Mardi Gras weekend with us!
Come for Shabbat services at 6:15pm and stay for a delicious Shabbat dinner, hosted by Emanuel Synagogue in association with Dayenu.
Booking is essential and spaces are limited.
Booking will be available soon from Emanuel Synagogue's website.
When: Friday 3rd March 2017
- Service: 6.15pm No charge - All welcome. Feel free to invite your friends & family 
- Dinner: 7:30pm
Where: Emanuel Synagogue, 7 Ocean Street, Woollahra
Cost: $40 (Emanuel/Dayenu members) / $50 (non-members)


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Date: Saturday, 4th March 2017
Meet: Harmony Park (behind Surry Hills Police Station) at 4:30pm. Parade finishes around 10pm
FREE 2 LOVE : LOVE 2 B FREE - Dayenu's 2017 Mardi Gras Entry 
This years theme is:
Free 2 Love : Love 2 B Free
The pink triangle emerged from the dark times of Nazi persecution of gays. Gay Jews had to wear a pink triangle over a gold triangle to create the Jewish star. This year, Dayenu reclaims the power of these colours to represent Pink for Love and Gold for Freedom.
Our message goes out to the GLBTI community to promote diversity and religious tolerance. There are many disenfranchised GLBTI Jews, who have either walked away or been shunned by their religious communities. Dayenu provide a bridge as well as a source of comfort for them. While Queer folk have suffered so badly from mainstream religious ideologies, many GLBTI people find comfort and community from their engagement with religion. We honour and celebrate those Jewish congregations who have created a sense of welcome for GLBTI Jews - particularly Emanuel Synagogue in Woollahra, who host our regular Mardi Gras Shabbat service and dinner.
Our message also goes out to the broader Jewish community, where there is still much work to be done in challenging conservative, patriarchial, hurtful and damaging laws and attitudes which continue to pervade many aspects of Jewish life - from interpretations of the bible to the limiting affects of gender binary role modelling.
In 2017 we look forward to Marriage Equality becoming a reality so that Progressive & Masorti GLBTI Jews can stand under the chuppah (wedding canopy) and be married with full rabbinic endorsement. We also hope to expand the conversation to include the more conservative Jewish communities, who continue to oppress GLBTI folk.
We look forward to expanding the conversation around gender diversity, so that more people can feel more free to explore the edges of their identity - breaking out of the restrictions of cultural bias and conservative values. Our presence is a gift to the gay and straight worlds to invite more conversation, expand the horizons of tolerance, acceptance and understanding and having more fun in the year ahead.
Reserve your place in Dayenu's float entry before the quota is filled.
Earlybird (until Sun 21 Feb): $30 
From Mon 22 Feb: $35 
Youth Group Supporters: $25
Please wear either:
PINK representing LOVE or 
GOLD representing FREEDOM. 
And remember: 
“You can never have too much glitter”
Routine: We plan to upload a video on YouTube showing the simple choreography for the float.

How to RSVP your place in the float:
The best method of payment is to make a deposit to Dayenu's bank account. When making a payment please ensure your name is in the description field so we can match payments to the correct person. When making the payment, please email to Dudu Gotlib at dgottlib@gmail.com a screenshot of the payment as proof. This is to avoid the assumption that no payment has been made.

When emailing your RSVP to Dudu, please include:
- Name(s);
- Mobile number(s);
- Email address(es); and
- payment status (screenshot).

Deposit Details:

Bank: Commonwealth Bank
Account Name: Dayenu
BSB: 062 000
Account number: 10800227
Further details will be sent to the registered marchers closer to the date of the parade.


1) Driver for 3 ton truck - Must be over 25 with current licence (no special requirement)
2) Two Marshalls to attend a meeting in Feb and take up role on the night
3) Volunteers to help make and decorate hearts and Magen Daveds for Float.
Please email Kim at info@dayenu.org.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I help build the Dayenu float?

We usually start building our Mardi Gras float at the end of January or beginning of February and we advertise these dates on our Yahoo and Facebook groups. Float-build evenings are great social events too, so please come along and help out. If you are interested in getting involved, please see how to join our Yahoo or Facebook group on the contact us page.

I want to march with Dayenu in the Mardi Gras Parade. How do I register?

Please email info@dayenu.org.au for more information and to register. There will be a charge to march with Dayenu. See Mardi Gras event above for details.

I'm not out of the closet. Can I still participate in Dayenu events?

Many gay and lesbian Dayenu members have not come out to any family or friends (see our coming out page). Many of our events are private and GLBT-only and are held in members' homes, so you're not going to out yourself by coming along. Other events, such as our annual Mardi Gras Shabbat Dinner, are held on private property and are attended primarily by Dayenu members and Emanuel Synagogue members, so again you're in a safe environment. However, the Mardi Gras Parade is obviously much more public, with both local and international media coverage.

If you have any concerns about privacy, please contact us. More importantly, if you have any issues concerning your sexuality, please contact our counselling service. There's nothing worse than feeling like your alone. We want to help.

What should I wear for the Parade?

This varies from year to year. Sometimes we dress up and sometimes we all wear our Dayenu t-shirts. We do not encourage a sleazy look, but fully accept the desire of some members to accessorise. Please email us top register and if you have any concerns or questions.

Are any activities planned as a group after the Parade?

The Mardi Gras Party takes place right after the Parade. More information can be found on the Mardi Gras website here. For more information about other events, sign up to our Facebook or Yahoo group. See our Contact Us page for more details.

I represent a media organisation. Can I get access to the float during the parade?

The Mardi Gras organisation does not allow unauthorised media inside the parade route barriers. To apply for a media pass, contact Mardi Gras and also advise us.