Today, the steps of the Sydney Opera House looked a little more colorful as nearly 1000 people gathered to form a human Progress Pride flag in honor of the 44th anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. It is also a welcome message in the run-up to World Pride, which will be hosted by Sydney from February 17 to March 5, 2023.
The Progress Pride Flag is designed to better encompass the identity of the queer community. American non-binary artist and designer Daniel Quasar designed it in 2018, with black and brown stripes representing people of color, the baby blue, pink and white of the trans flag, as well as the traditional colors of the rainbow flag.
Sydney World Pride will be a 17-day celebration of Australia’s LGBTQIA+ people and culture, with over 300 events across the city, including the Mardi Gras Parade, which returns to Oxford Street for the first time in three years.
World Pride will also include an opening concert hosted by Courtney Act and Casey Donovan; 10 days of market stalls, restaurants and performances along parts of Crown and Riley streets; a big beach party in Bondi; a First Nations gala concert; plus a huge street party on the closing weekend.
“In just a few months, Sydney will be transformed as more than 500,000 people gather for the global family reunion LGBTQIA+ people have been waiting for,” said Gabriel Pinkstone, chief operating officer of Sydney World Pride in a statement. “Sydney World Pride is a celebration with a purpose, celebrating Sydney’s most iconic locations, from Bondi Beach to the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge.”