WorldPride attracted an estimated half a million people – including nearly 80,000 from outside Greater Sydney – who attended more than 300 events and injected $112 million into the NSW economy.
The celebration will conclude on Sunday with a Harbor Bridge march and a closing party at The Domain. On Saturday night, Oxford Street was turned into a street party, which continued Sunday night until early Monday morning.
Originally from Britain, Amy Martin and Courtney Williams had attended previous Pride events around the world – including some in London – but said nothing compared to Sydney.
“Sydney really painted the city red,” Williams said.
Cameron Havasi joined the throng of people heading to Saturday’s beach party along Campbell Parade. Huge inflatable flamingos flanked the entrance while staff offered sunscreen to attendees wearing everything from g-strings to tutus.
Havasi, who attended nine events and took just one day off, said he was emotional about the impact WorldPride had had.
“This is something that will resonate for generations,” he said.
But after three weeks of back-to-back events, by Saturday some revelers’ energy levels had begun to fade.
Dressed in metallic pants, gold chains and reflective visors, Tim Dormer and Adam Freeth planned a sober Saturday to attend this morning’s pride march across the bridge.
“We both had a giant can of Red Bull but are starting to feel a little shaky,” said Dormer.
Pride events on Sunday
- Sydney Harbor Bridge Pride March, North Sydney to The Domain and Hyde Park, 7am to 10am. Roads closed from North Sydney to the city center until noon.
- Pride Villages are open from 10am to 10pm. Roads closed on Crown Street, Riley Street and Taylor Square to reopen at 4:30am Monday.
- Rainbow Republic Closing Party at The Domain, 3pm to 10pm.
- The Oxford Street Party will close the street between College and Flinders Streets until 4.30am Monday.