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Sydney WorldPride 2023

Pride is in the Air

In 2023, Sydney WorldPride and Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras unite to present a truly global LGBTQI+ pride festival – the very first in the Southern Hemisphere.

WorldPride Flight

As the official airline partner for Sydney WorldPride, we are preparing to take off from Los Angeles on 22 February and bring members of the LGBTQI+ community direct to the glamour and glitz of the Harbour City for WorldPride.

The dedicated flight features live entertainment, special edition amenities and surprises along the way for an extraordinary journey to Sydney:

  • One general admission ticket to the sold out Live and Proud: Sydney WorldPride Opening Concert on 24 February featuring Kylie Minogue, Charlie XCX and Jessica Mauboy
  • Exclusive pre-flight entertainment for all passengers in the Qantas Los Angeles First Lounge, headlined by popular singer and musician G Flip with special DJ performances
  • MECCA MAX will host an inflight makeup masterclass at 40,000 feet, to help passengers get party ready for the arrival celebrations at Sydney Airport.
  • Onboard entertainment from Australian comedian Joel Creasey, live inflight drag performances, special edition 'Rainbow Roo' PJs and an exclusive menu designed by Australian chef, Neil Perry, Qantas Director of Food, Beverage & Service
  • Inflight movies, music and content curated for the LGBTQI+ community
  • A range of special extras including complimentary breakfast for two, welcome amenities and hotel credits on selected premium rooms offered by Marriott Bonvoy

We are proud to operate this flight with members of the Qantas Illuminate network - a community of Qantas LGBTQI+ employees and their allies.

This flight is net zero emissions with 100% emissions carbon offset.

The Festival

From 17 February to 5 March 2023, Sydney WorldPride will celebrate Australia’s brilliant and diverse LGBTQI+ community in a city renowned for its diversity, inclusivity and proud LGBTQI+ population. Featuring all the beloved Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras events, Sydney WorldPride marks the beginning of a broader festival celebrating art, sport, theatre, concerts, parties, First Nations programming and a Human Rights Conference. More than 500,000 people are expected to participate in the festival. The world-famous Mardi Gras Parade returns to Oxford Street for the first time in three years.

As a Major Partner and the Official Airline of Sydney WorldPride, Qantas is proud to bring travellers from across the world and throughout Australia closer together.

You're invited! Sydney WorldPride 2023 Incorporating Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, WorldPride will be held in Sydney 17 February to 5 March 2023. Meet our stars!

About Qantas

As the national carrier, we have a proud history of supporting diversity and inclusivity. We have a long-standing relationship with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, supporting the LGBTQI+ community and playing an active role as a leading Australian organisation that supports equality.

We are proud to have our employees participate in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade for over 25 years, be a long-term partner of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) and our ongoing support for hosting WorldPride 2023 in Sydney. We celebrate our LGBTQI+ people, allies and the broader the LGBTQI+ community.

At Qantas, we value our people’s diverse lived experiences and believe that our inclusive culture contributes to our strength and success. Our diversity helps us to understand our customers, make better decisions and get things done safely. We aim to build a safe and inclusive culture by championing equity and celebrating diversity; to ensure every employee feels comfortable bringing their whole self to work, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification.

We established the Qantas Group Illuminate employee network to facilitate communication between our LGBTQI+ employees and their allies. The group fosters a community free from bullying, harassment and discrimination for all employees through additional information, support, contacts and advocacy across the business.

On behalf of our employees and customers, Qantas was a vocal supporter of the 2017 Marriage Equality campaign.  


Sydney WorldPride 2023

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In 2023, Sydney Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride introduces the world to the South Pacific LGBTQI+ communities, giving the First Nations and Asia Pacific people the opportunity to share their pride on a global stage.

The 17-day combined events showcase Sydney Mardi Gras favourites like the spectacular Parade, Fair Day and Mardi Gras Party. Sydney WorldPride will feature world-class Opening and Closing Ceremonies, a Human Rights Conference and First Nations Gathering and a Pride March.

2023 also marks Australia’s 50th anniversary of the first Gay Pride Week, the 45th anniversary of the first Mardi Gras Parade, and 5th year anniversary of Australian marriage equality.

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Important information

Disclaimer: ^ Live and Proud: Sydney WorldPride Opening Concert will be held at 7pm (AEDT) on Friday 24 February at The Domain, Sydney and include a special guest performance by Kylie Minogue. Ticketmaster codes to redeem a complimentary ticket per confirmed passenger sent via email from on the Friday following booking confirmation. To be eligible for the Live and Proud: Sydney WorldPride Opening Concert ticket, a confirmed booking must be made on the special WorldPride flight by 11.59pm (PST) 17 February 2023 and the complimentary ticket code redeemed from Ticketmaster by 11.59pm (PST) 21 February 2023. Qantas WorldPride Flight designated with blue flag 'Rainbow Flight' label. Not applicable to other Qantas departures. Non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.