NOW in its 20th year, one of the world’s biggest gay bear festivals returns to Sydney as part of Mardi Gras.

stoli MREC Bear Essentials has come a long way to become one of Australia’s most renowned bear festivals, and its organisers, Harbour City Bears, believe this is due to the diversity of Australia’s bear community.

To be launched during Fair Day (Sunday, February 21), Bear Essentials 2016 features a Sydney Harbour tour, yum cha and Bondi Beach outings, bingo, ten-pin bowling, and trivia and video game nights.

The regular Friday night bears at Kinselas and Sunday Bears at the Bank will also take place, and of course parties such as Underbear, Toga and the popular Wet Furs pool party.

However, the highlight of the festival is the march in the iconic Mardi Gras Parade on March 5.

BEAR ESSENTIALS 2016
February 21 to March 6
Various locations
bearessentials.com.au

The 2015 Underbears party at ARQ Nightclub. (PHOTO: Ann-Marie Calilhanna; Star Observer)

The 2015 Underbears party at ARQ Nightclub. (PHOTO: Ann-Marie Calilhanna; Star Observer)

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