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.

Your brand can be part of Tropical Mardi Gras 2016

Sponsor Kit


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!

Get in touch


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 GrasOctober 24, 2016 at 10:35pm
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Tropical Mardi GrasOctober 17, 2016 at 6:02pm
Cairns Tropical Pride (Tropical Mardi Gras) will soon hold its Annual General Meeting.

Membership renewals are now due for the year 1st November 2016 - 31st October 2017.

Existing members are invited to pay their annual renewal of $5 before 31st October 2016 by contacting the Secretary in person, by Direct Bank Transfer (include your first name and MEMBER in the transaction description to Westpac Acc: 247148 BSB: 034-158. Please email [email protected] to advise of payment) or by mail (Cairns Tropical Pride PO Box 6344 Cairns, Qld 4870.) The Secretary will be available to accept renewals at Cairns Tropical Pride Trivia in support of the Cairns World AIDS Day Committee at the Green Ant Cantina Wednesday October 26th.

New members are invited to join now in order to participate in the AGM.
As per our association rules:

New Membership

An applicant for membership of the association must be proposed by 1 member of the association (the proposer) and seconded by another member (the seconder).
An application for membership must be -
(A) in writing; and
(B) signed by the applicant and the applicants proposer and seconder; and
(C) in the form decided by the management committee.

The membership of the association consists of ordinary members, who must support the objects of the association.

The objects of the association are -

(1) To empower and celebrate the local LGBT+ community through a festival of events which promote the participation and interaction of the individuals and groups of that community, and of the wider community, building relationships to benefit the entire Far North Queensland community, and lifting LGBT+ visibility, awareness and understanding.

(2) The festival aims to comprise a colourful and entertaining mix of events showcasing the diversity and talent of the local LGBT+ community, and to utilise varied locations highlighting the attractions of the Cairns region. It is essential every component of the festival specifica lly celebrates, promotes, or engages the LGBT+ community.

(3) Cairns Tropical Pride Inc. raises funds for the festival based on its track record of promoting a positive image of both the local LGBT+ community and the attractions of the Cairns region as a tourist destination.

Cairns Tropical Mardi Gras designs events based on the principles of:

(A) Inclusion- encouraging participation and involvement and representation of all stakeholders in our community, and beyond; irrespective of race, cultural background, language, ability, financial means, religion or sexuality, with particular emphasis on welcoming, encouraging and celebrating the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's, respecting their indigenous culture and heritage.

(B) Fairness and social responsibility- promoting equality of opportunity, rights and access to social and economic well-being.

(C) Recognising and celebrating cultural diversity- respecting and being sensitive to people from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds and their community ties.

New members can request a membership application from the Secretary
[email protected] - or sign up at Cairns Tropical Pride Trivia in support of the Cairns World AIDS Day Committee at Green Ant Cantina on Wednesday October 26th (Annual Membership is $5) and all applications will be approved before the declaration of the AGM in order to allow new members to participate fully in the AGM. Payments may be made in person, by mail or Direct Bank Transfer as detailed above.

Cairns Tropical Pride does not hold Public Liability Insurance.

On the 31st October the Secretary will call for nominations for the positions of President, Secretary, Treasurer and three Ordinary Members of the Cairns Tropical Pride management committee.

Kind Regards

Destiny Rogers

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Tropical Mardi GrasOctober 16, 2016 at 7:20pm
Congratulations to all of our Fabulous Raffle Winners!

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises – 2 Adults – Nick Connor

Cairns Harbour Cruises – 2 Adults – Calm Water Cruise /Sunset Cruise – Dwayne Le Clos

Cairns ZOOM – 2 Adults – Full ZOOM Experience – Sarah-Jane Botham

Club Tropical Resort – 2 Adults – 1 Nights’ Accommodation in a 1 bedroom apartment – Ian Byford

Jungle Tours – 2 Adults – Go Wild Cape Tribulation & Daintree Day Tour – Jay

Ocean Safari – 2 Adults – Half Day Reef Snorkel Tour – Neil Savina

Paronella Park entry with 1 nights Cabin Accommodation, Mamu Skywalk Entry & Dinner at Mena Creek Hotel – 2 Adults - Priscilla Ong

Passions Of Paradise – 2 Adults – Snorkelling Outer Barrier Reef - Ann

Pink Flamingo Resort Port Douglas – 2 Adults – 2 Nights Accommodation in Private Garden Villa – Alex Zen

Raging Thunder – 2 Adults - Half Day Crystal Canyon Adventure - Jonathon

Raging Thunder – 2 Adults - Half Day Barron River White Water Rafting - Phil

Raging Thunder – 2 Adults – 30 Min Hot Air Balloon Flight - Kasia

Rainforestation Nature Park – 2 Adults – Big Nature Package – Kayoko Wallis

Reef Club Resort – 2 Adults – 1 Nights’ Accommodation in a 1 bedroom apartment - Barry

Reef Magic – 2 Adults – Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise – Jack Foulstone

Spirit Of Cairns – 2 Adults – Cairns Harbour & Dinner Cruise – Carla Gorton

Thala Beach Nature Reserve – 2 Adults – one night’s accommodation in Deluxe Eucalypt Bungalow with breakfast – Alex Edwards

The Reef Hotel Casino – Tamarind Restaurant - $150 Dinner Voucher - Jane

Tropic Wings – 2 Adults – Grand Kuranda Day Tour with Skyrail, Rainforestation, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Kuranda Scenic Railway – Paula Coughlan

Wildlife Habitat – 2 Adults – Entry with Picnic With The Parrots – Donny

We will be contacting all of the above lucky winners and arranging for their prizes to be sent out to them.
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Tropical Mardi GrasOctober 12, 2016 at 12:42pm


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