Central Coast Pride | Coastal twist festival       



Mardi Gras has confirmed we are included in their COVID-safe plans for the 43rd annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade - on Saturday 6 March 2021 we're taking over the Sydney Cricket Ground for Australia’s beloved celebration of LGBTQI+ pride and diversity.

To ensure the safety of all our Parade participants, spectators and the community at large, the 2021 Parade will be at the SCG,

Mardi Gras is pleased to announce that the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) can now operate at full capacity, following the easing of restrictions in NSW last week. This means the 2021 Mardi Gras Parade will welcome up to 46,000 total spectators in an extravagant show of pride and passion.

Parade partner SBS will broadcast the entire event live, so you could also watch from anywhere you are in Australia. The 2021 Mardi Gras theme is ‘RISE’ a poignant message during the challenge and hardship that 2020 has presented. It's a call to action that now is the time to RISE again through love, compassion, respect and understanding, and to work together to make the world a better place for all. Thank you to everyone across the Central Coast Community for the overwhelming response to our “2021 Sydney Mardi Gras - Central Coast Community Consultation” and aligning with our top two responses of Beach Coastal and Coastal Twist Festival vibes.


The impact of droughts, fires, floods and a global pandemic tested our spirit and resolve. When we rise to the occasion, amazing things happen. We are agents of change. We rise to the challenge of being our true selves, of loving who we love, of discovering our own identities, culture and creativity.

As the hinterland rolls down to our coastline, the Central Coast creates one of the most amazing coastlines in the world and with that magic as our inspirations our 2021 Mardi Gras float will “Rise” with the Mardi Gra theme with a deep dive into our salty, sultry waters.

69.23% of you wanted a “beach / Coastal theme” and another 53.85% vote for “Coastal Twist Festival theme, all other votes were under the 30% range and no longer included. So yes this is going to be Beach and all the creatures in and on the water themed


Your Commitment:

As there is a no trucks allowed policy there will be no major construction this year. With four differing costume outfits this year, all participants in the COASTAL TWIST FESTIVAL  float  at least one representative aka you, your  family/friend/group member will need to attend one of the workshops on the Coast  and construct your outfit/s with us.

At the workshop we will have all the tools and pre cut materials and tools ready to go so we can all glue and construct our outfits together!  As per last year the added bonus of great vibes, new friendships, fun and lots of buzz.

Please note costumes are intentionally all very easy to create this year with only gluing and construction required, and we are certainly going to be taking everyone on an arts and craft journey.

Separate to mandatory Costume building workshop there will also be mandatory choreography afternoon to learn our assigned spots and our movements to the song.

Our group will be walking all the way around the stadium first and then is going to get a 45 second spot as we cross the field through the middle (same as Taylor square normally and that’s also where the judges and media will be).

The Fun Stuff: Costumes (AS MODELED above BY OUR AMAZING HIGH WATER PRIESTESS Miss Victoria

  1. Water NYMPH

  2. Jelly fish


  4. Sea hORSE



The cost to participate in our float will be $65. This cost covers Mardi Gras Parade entry, your basic outfit material’s and our collective prop items. As per every year you will be required to supply minimal additional outfit pieces at your expense.


If you want to participate please fill out the form below, please note your EOI does not mean you have been allocated a spot.