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The Sydney Mardi Gras Parade is almost upon us – come and join us on the night, watch the world’s largest night-time street parade and treat yourself to a feast of Mardi Gras creativity and celebration.

For additional information, visit the Live Traffic website.

The assembly area where the Parade starts will remain the same as 2012, to maximise public safety and improve the area for our participants – from 2pm, the Parade will occupy these areas:

  • College Street, between Park and Liverpool Streets
  • Liverpool Street, between Wentworth Avenue and Elizabeth Street, and the South-East portion of Hyde Park.

The Parade will start at Whitlam Square at approximately 7.45pm. It will travel up Oxford Street and then turn right onto Flinders Street. The Parade will end in Moore Park.

  • Barricades: To ensure that spectators are safe, barricades will be set out from 5am on Saturday 2nd March, along College Street (between Park and Liverpool Streets) and Liverpool Street (between Wentworth Ave and Elizabeth Street) Oxford Street (from College St to Taylor Square) and Flinders Street (from Taylor Square to Moore Park Road). 
  • Pedestrian access: At 2pm, College Street will close, followed by Liverpool Street at 3pm, as Parade floats begin assembling in the area.  Police and security will operate managed access along the South side of Liverpool Street (between Wentworth and Elizabeth) and the East side of College Street (between Oxford and Francis).  Residents and hotel guests will still have access to your building/premises. Please contact your hotel concierge or building representative for details on the arrangements for your building.
  • Crossing the Parade route: There will be designated points along the Parade route where pedestrians can cross the parade.  These crossing points are open until 6.45pm, although for spectator safety, some may close earlier.  If you need to cross the parade route, we recommend that you do so by 6pm to ensure you reach your destination.  Once crossing points are closed, you will not be able to cross the parade route until the parade ends at approximately 10:30pm.

What you need to know about traffic

Special Event Clearways will be in place from 6am on Saturday 2 March until 4am Sunday 3 March.

This means:

  • You must not stop or park on a length of road where there is a Special Event Clearway sign.
  • Drivers of public buses, taxis and private hire vehicles are permitted to stop when dropping off or picking up passengers.
  • If your vehicle is left on a Clearway, it may be towed away to a nearby street where it may lawfully stand.

The Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) will have Special Event Clearways in operation on part or all of the following streets:
Albion St – Bathurst St - Campbell St – Castlereagh St – Cleveland St – College St - Darlinghurst Rd – Elizabeth St – Fitzroy St – Flinders St – Foveaux St – George St - King St – Pitt St – Lang Rd – Liverpool St – Moore Park Rd – Oxford St - Palmer St – Park Rd – Pelican St – Riley St – St James Rd – Wentworth Ave

RMS and NSW Police will continue closing major roads from 4pm along the parade route and surrounding streets together with the Randwick exit on the Eastern Distributor. Streets immediately surrounding the parade will be reopened some time during the period between midnight and 12.30am, although some sections of the parade route will not reopen until 4am Sunday.

For detailed information on road closures and special event clearways in place for the Mardi Gras Parade, refer to the map provided, go to www.livetraffic.com, download Live Traffic NSW for iPhone, iPad or Android phones, or call the 132 701 Traffic Information Line. 

Other information you need to know

  • By law no one is allowed on any street awnings at any stage. This will be strictly enforced by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and NSW Police.
  • If you intend to use the balcony at your residence to watch the Parade, please do not overload the balcony area. If in doubt about the balcony condition and whether it is safe to use for a large number of people, consider engaging a Structural Engineer to carry out a structural adequacy inspection.
  • Portable toilets will be located at Pelican St, Crown St, Palmer St, Oxford St near Taylor Square, Short St, Albion St and Flinders St.
  • Rainbow Zone:  this year, to help minimise impact on residents and businesses in the area, and to give audiences a more welcoming experience of the parade, we are continuing the implementation of Rainbow Zone in the streets surrounding the Parade route. Within this zone, there will be enhanced police presence, and strict enforcement of all alcohol-free zones.

On the night, follow @LiveTrafficSyd on Twitter and receive updated information about changes to traffic conditions as they occur.