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PLAN YOUR PARADE EXPERIENCE

The 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is a free event, held on Saturday 2 March 2019 from 7pm to 11pm.

Born from a single night of political protest in 1978, the true Mardi Gras spirit lives on 41 years later, bringing the city to a standstill with hundreds and thousands lining the streets in support of equality, pride and a dazzling spectacle of sparkles and self-expression. The Parade will feature over 190 floats and 12,500 participants.

We're expecting very large crowds to come into the Parade precinct so plan to arrive early and follow us on social media for updates on traffic, vantage points and other information.

Leave the car at home. We encourage you to take public transport to the Parade - here's all the details.

EVENT TIMES: (all times are approximate and subject to change)

  • 6:50pm Welcome to Country, Taylor Square
  • 7:00pm The roar of the Dykes on Bikes and Boys on Bikes is heard as they enter the Parade route from Anzac Parade, heading down Oxford Street to Hyde Park where they will turn around and head back up Oxford Street towards Taylor Square as the Parade prepares to start.
  • 7:30pm Parade Starts at Whitlam Square, Oxford Street
  • 11:00pm Parade Ends at Anzac Parade, Moore Park


​From the outrageously adorned, to the sassy, satirical and serious, Mardi Gras welcomes the community in a fabulous festivity of love that knows no bounds. Don’t forget your smart phone or camera to capture the great moments of the 2019 Parade, and tag us #SydneyMardiGras when you're sharing.

TO ENSURE EVERYONE HAS A SAFE AND FUN NIGHT AT THE PARADE, CLICK INTO EACH TOPIC BELOW TO READ IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

PARADE MAP
 
Download your copy of the 2019 Parade Route Map here. Please familiarise yourself with the location of toilets available around the Parade route. Two crossing points are available to cross Oxford Street until 7:00pm. These are located at Crown Street and Riley Street. AFTER 7PM YOU CAN NOT CROSS OXFORD STREET.
 
HOW TO VIEW THE PARADE
 
With extensive closures, the city is no place for cars on Mardi Gras night so leave the car at home and catch public transport. Trains run frequently to the CBD and additional buses will also run to help you get there. Extra late-night services will run to help you get home after the celebrations as well.
 
We expect viewing space on Oxford Street and Flinders streets to fill quickly. Great viewing space is available on both sides of Anzac Parade (Moore Park) using the “Tibby Cotter” pedestrian bridge.
 
THE BEST TRAIN STATIONS TO ACCESS VIEWING SPACES:
• For access to the northern side (Darlinghurst) of the parade route use Town Hall, St James or Martin Place stations.
• For access to the southern side (Surry Hills) of the parade route use Central station.
• For access to both the northern and southern side of the parade route on Anzac Parade (Moore Park) use Central Station and walk along Devonshire Street.
 
Museum Station will be closed from 17:00 on Saturday until 04:00 Sunday. Trains will not stop at the station during this time due to large crowds, please alight at St James, Central or Town Hall stations.
 
By law, no one is allowed on any street awnings or to climb any trees at any stage. This will be strictly enforced by the NSW Police.
 
Download your copy of the 2019 Parade Route Map here. Please familiarise yourself with the location of toilets available around the Parade route. Two crossing points are available to cross Oxford Street until 7:00pm. These are located at Crown Street and Riley Street. AFTER 7PM YOU CAN NOT CROSS OXFORD STREET.
 
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras requests that you do not bring Milk Crates (or plastic stools/seats) to the Parade. DO NOT purchase these from illegal street sellers. Milk Crates are made to carry milk, and not for people to stand on. You run the risk of severe injury to yourself and others should the milk crate collapse under you.
ACCESS AND INCLUSION VIEWING
 
To view the Parade from this space you must REGISTER prior to 20 February 2019. For more details on traveling to and from the Parade please read our transport information.
RESPECT OUR NEIGHBOURS – PLEASE USE A TOILET

Mardi Gras acknowledge that our Parade only happens with the support of our neighbours.

In the surrounding streets of Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Paddington and Moore Park our neighbours live in their homes. Please treat their homes and streets with the utmost respect they deserve when you are visiting.

Please familiarise yourself with the location of toilets available around the Parade route. It is an offence to relieve yourself on a public street. Those who offend may be issued with a Criminal Infringement Notice for Offensive behaviour with a monetary fine of $500, which is a sure way to ruin your night at the Parade.

Please place all rubbish in the bins provided or take it home with you at the end of the night. Help keep our streets clean.

PLAN FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS

Please check the weather conditions on the day and prepare accordingly.
This is an outdoor event which operates in all weather conditions, so please come prepared.

SUNSHINE AHEAD!
It’s time to Slip, Slop, Slap! We recommend bringing your hat, sunglasses and own sunscreen for the day to keep you, your friends or family protected from the sun.
It’s important to stay sun smart and beat the heat. NSW Health has prepared some helpful tips on how to stay healthy in the hot temperatures.

RAIN ON OUR PARADE!
You can use small hand-held umbrellas before the Parade starts. Umbrellas must be closed during the Parade as they spoil the view for others around you. We recommend bringing warm and weatherproof clothing, ponchos are ideal for staying dry.

In the unlikely event that the Parade is delayed or cancelled due to severe weather conditions, announcements and notifications will be made via our social media updates. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates and information.

STAY HYDRATED
 
We encourage you to fill up your reusable water containers at home and bring these along on the night.  Once the Parade is in full swing, the streets become very crowded and it can be difficult to access the shops etc. Stay hydrated with your own reusable water containers and help keep our streets clean.
CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD AND DRINK?
 
You are most welcome to bring your own food and drink. No alcohol is permitted.
Please do not bring glass to the Parade.
There will be food trucks and outlets available along the Parade route to purchase food and non-alcoholic drinks and of course there are all the local shops and businesses surrounding the Parade.
We request you dispose of your rubbish in the bins provided or take this home with you at the end of the night. Please help keep our streets clean.
CAN I BRING ALCOHOL? NO.
 
The entire event footprint is an alcohol-free zone, this prohibits the consumption of alcohol in any public place. Police have the power to confiscate and dispose of alcohol that is being, has been, or is likely to be consumed in an alcohol-free zone. On the spot fines may be issued to those who consume alcohol at the Parade.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
 
No Alcohol is permitted
Do not bring glass.
No Fireworks or Explosives
No Illegal or Illicit Drugs or Substances of any kind
No Promotional Material Including Banners, Stickers, Signs and Flyers
No Weapons of any kind
 
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras requests that you do not bring Milk Crates (or plastic stools/seats) to the Parade. DO NOT purchase these from illegal street sellers. Milk Crates are made to carry milk, and not for people to stand on. You run the risk of severe injury to yourself and others should the milk crate collapse under you.
EVENT SAFETY

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has been working closely with NSW Police, NSW Ambulance and other key stakeholders to ensure safety is the top priority for everyone at the Parade.

By law, no one is allowed on any street awnings or to climb any trees at any stage. This will be strictly enforced by the NSW Police.

In the case of an EMERGENCY and you require medical attention PLEASE CALL 000.

When calling 000 please make sure you or a friend can identify your location. 

Look for the following

• STREET NAME
• STREET NUMBER
• CROSS STREET
• SHOP/BUSINESS NAME OR SIGN

Stay safe, look after yourself and your friends, but most of all enjoy yourself! HAPPY MARDI GRAS!