The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade is just around the corner now, with the annual march down Oxford Street - the 42nd since the protests of 1978 - set to take place on Saturday 29th February.
Previously, members of the LGBTIQ+ community and their allies from around Australia have had to wait until the following night to watch all the festivities. However, this year SBS will be broadcasting the event live for the first time. Not only that, but SBS On Demand is temporarily removing its geo-block, allowing viewers from around the world to tune in as the night unfolds.
It's all very exciting, but technology can be HARD - and not just for those supportive grandparents waiting up to catch a glimpse of their loved ones marching down the parade route or dancing with members of their community.
That's why we've assembled this fun, easy-to-follow guide for how to tune in live on the night, enjoying all the floats and celebrations, as well as a whole bunch of exciting celebrity interviews.
Catch it live on TV
If a more traditional consumption of screen content is your jam, you can watch the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade live on SBS from 7:35PM.
More specifically (how good are specifics?), the broadcast times across Australia are:
NSW/VIC/TAS/ACT 7:30pm – 10:30pm AEDT
QLD 6:30pm – 9:30pm AEST
SA 7:00pm – 10:00pm ACDT
WA 7:30pm – 10:30pm AWST*
NT 6:00pm – 9:00pm ACST
For Western Australian viewers wanting to watch live, it will be available to watch here on SBS On Demand.
Stream it live on SBS On Demand - from anywhere in the world
If you don't have access to a TV or would simply rather stream the program live from your laptop, tablet or mobile device, we've got you covered!
Not only that, but members of the LGBTIQ+ community around the world will be able to tune in to watch the parade live for the first time, with SBS On Demand removing its geo-block for the TV event.
Again, the link to watch live on SBS On Demand is here, where you'll be able to enjoy the night's fabulous lineup of hosts include comedian Joel Creasey, presenter Narelda Jacobs, drag icon Courtney Act and comedian Zoë Coombs Marr.
One nifty tip: it might be a good idea to sort out your SBS On Demand account and login details before the parade starts, to avoid any disappointment.
Attend a live viewing site!
Look, for some members of the LGBTIQ+ community, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is best enjoyed surrounded by friends, families, and brightly-dressed strangers. That's why there will be numerous viewing sites setup around the country, with a particular focus on regional towns.
Firstly, Melbournians who want to get into the Mardi Gras spirit will be able to enjoy a special live screening of the broadcast in Federation Square, kicking off at 7.30pm on Saturday 29 Feb. In addition, regional Australians can tag along to a list of live viewing parties being held at various sites.
Regional live viewing sites:
• Broken Heel Festival/The Palace Hotel, Broken Hill
• Central Coast Pride & Coastal Twist Festival
• Tropical Fruits, Lismore
• Charles Stuart University, Bathurst
• Feast, Adelaide
• Wagga Mardi Gras, Wagga Wagga
• THROB, Darwin
• Lismore Civic Centre
Regarding social media
While in previous years there has been a live-stream of the parade available on SBS's social media platforms, this year we're keeping it all neat and tidy with the above three options. However, make sure you keep an eye on our socials for all the highlights as the night progresses.
The Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020: Live Stream will be available to watch here from Saturday, 29th February 2020 at 07:30 PM.