Show your love in paradise!
Join us for ten days of play in gorgeous Tropical North Queensland.
Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef
It’s the Queer Spring Break > Queens Birthday Long Weekend.
Parties, Cruise, Island day trip, Splash Pool Party with DJ Dan Murphy, Out! Cairns Octopussy Party with Vollie LaVont, Fine Dining, Beach Parties and a movie – 12 events in 4 days.
Something for every colour of the Rainbow family.
During the week > Trans* and Sistergirl Events, Starry Gaze Outdoor Cinema and Barefoot Bowls
The second weekend >Proud Women’s Dance, Gaze Art Exhibition Launch, Shade drag night and our famous Fair Day.

Tropical North Queensland is rich in natural wonders.
The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Atherton Tablelands.
Great package deals on offer so check it out while you’re here and…
Show your love in Paradise.

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Sep 30 – Oct 03

Join us for our massive party weekend, with the love boat launch party, splash pool party, out party, comedy night, island idyll, beach party and more!



Oct 04 – 08

Soak up far northern culture with cinema in the botanic bardens, fashion parades, an LGBT+ art exhibition, lazy days in the rainforest, and miles of untouched beaches. When the sun goes down, kick up your heels at the proud women’s dance, luxe drag show and the launch party for Tropical Mardi Gras’ visual arts exhibition



Oct 09

Our signature event, featuring market stalls, fabulous entertainment and music for all ages, and the popular highlight, the Bitch n Butch Dog Show


Help make 2016 fabulous!

We’re so excited about the 2016 Tropical Mardi Gras that we want to share the love with everyone! We are a community run organisation, so an extra pair of hands never goes astray. If you’ve got love in your heart for the LGBT+ community, we’d love to hear from you Bring your biggest, brightest, most glitter-covered ideas and let’s make them happen during Tropical Mardi Gras 2016!

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Tropical Mardi Gras

Tropical Mardi Gras is a festival of events for LGBT folk in the north and our guests from around the globe. Each October, Cairns Tropical Pride invites fabulous people from around Australia and the world to join us for ten days of play in the gorgeous environment that is Tropical North Queensland.
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Tropical Mardi GrasSeptember 29, 2016 at 4:25pm
Check 7 or WIN tonight or tomorrow's paper for Claudia, Jack and Jeremy at the Hilton Pool before Splash Pool Party this Sunday with DJ Dan Murphy and Vollie LaVont. Grab your ticket before midnight tonight to go in the draw for 2 tickets to Fitzroy Island. Tickets:
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Tropical Mardi GrasSeptember 29, 2016 at 4:16pm
We're changing the face of Cairns for Tropical Mardi Gras!!!

It's a secret, and that's killing us, but tomorrow all will be revealed.

The worker bees will be at it all night and if you want to see it first, you might like to stroll across the 'nade from Maccas to the Lagoon some time tomorrow.
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Tropical Mardi GrasSeptember 29, 2016 at 10:15am
Love... exciting and new! Come aboard - we're expecting you!

Don't miss this year's Love Boat Cruise tomorrow night (Friday 30th) - tickets are selling fast and it's going to be even bigger and better than last years!

BOOK NOW:…/the-love-boat-launch-party/
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Tropical Mardi GrasSeptember 27, 2016 at 10:00am
Every Ticket sold to Splash Pool Party by midnight Thursday goes in the draw to win 2 Adults Return Fitzroy Island Ferry Transfers & use of the Ocean Trampoline. (Can be used Saturday for the Fitzroy Island Day Trip) So if you don't have your ticket yet you still have 2 days to be in the draw for this great prize. Tickets: (Prize will be drawn 5 past midnight Thursday and winner announced here first thing Friday morning)
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Tropical Mardi GrasSeptember 26, 2016 at 3:25pm
Explore Cairns and surrounds - there's a surprise around every corner.


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