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Party Safe at Sydney WorldPride

Group of people marching under a large rainbow flag

For two weeks from 17 February, Sydney takes its place as the centre of the LGBTQIA+ world as WorldPride comes to the harbour city. WorldPride is a global LGBTQIA+ celebration that has been staged in major cities around the world since 2000. Sydney WorldPride 2023 is the first time the party has come to the southern hemisphere and will include the familiar Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival events as part of over 200 artistic, cultural and sporting events across the city.

WorldPride promises to be a highlight of Sydney’s 2023 social calendar. While it is an occasion for LGBTQIA+ people to celebrate together and take pride in community, it is important to stay safe while partying.

Top tips to stay safe while partying

Make your WorldPride experience a festival to remember with these tips from Your Room:

  • If you're drinking alcohol, keep track of how many drinks you've had to avoid injury or making yourself sick. Consider having a water between each alcoholic drink.
  • Using illicit drugs comes with risks. You don't know the purity, what other things have been added to them, the strength or how it will affect you. Avoid mixing alcohol with other drugs. It's important to tell someone you trust what you've taken, and to get help immediately if it's needed.
  • At some larger parties and events during Sydney WorldPride (Mardi Gras After Party, Domain Dance Party, Bondi Beach Party and Rainbow Republic) additional harm reduction services will be available to help people to stay safe while celebrating. Look out for the ACON Rovers, a team of volunteers providing support and information to help partygoers stay safe. You'll find them wearing bright pink vests roving at events.
  • Medical services are available at major events during Sydney WorldPride. If you or a friend needs help, remember to tell the medical staff about any alcohol or other drug taken so they can provide the best possible care. You won't get into trouble by seeking help.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. With large crowds, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and to look out for each other. If you feel uncomfortable or if someone is acting inappropriately, don't hesitate to seek help from security personnel.

Visit ACON’s Sydney WorldPride portal for drug and alcohol information, education, and harm reduction. The portal is your one-stop shop for all things harm reduction during Sydney WorldPride. 

For further information visit Drug Info’s Party Safe page