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Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival

Dayenu has marched in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade every year since Dayenu's creation in 2000 (except for 2006). A lot has changed since then. Back then, a Jewish float in the Parade was a front-page story 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 LGBTI 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 2018 Mardi Gras Parade, please contact us at parade@dayenu.org.au.


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.

This year, Fair Day is on Sunday 18th February from 10am until 8pm at Victoria Park in Camperdown.

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 us.



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. Tickets are available from Emanuel Synagogue's website.
When: Friday 2nd March 2018
- 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, 3rd March 2018
Meet: Harmony Park (behind Surry Hills Police Station) at 4:30pm. Parade finishes around 10pm

Over the years Jews have contributed so much to gay culture, and for Mardi Gras’ 40th anniversary, Dayenu wants to celebrate that contribution.

Concept for the Float
On a central podium on a flat-bed truck three of the biggest Jewish gay-icons, Barbara Streisand, Bette Middler, Fran Drescher (The Nanny), perform a mash-up medley of their greatest hits. These Jewish icons have been entertaining the world and supporting LGBTQI rights for more than 40 years each, and it’s time to celebrate them. The Icons will be on a red carpet, behind bollards. “Paparazzi” will be on the float with them taking their pictures. Behind the truck marches the rest of Dayenu and its supporters, wearing special Mardi Gras T-shirts.


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.