Staying COVID-safe

The Mardi Gras Parade and Festival will look different in 2022, but importantly, it will allow us to come together and celebrate our pride safely.

It is up to all of us to keep safe, healthy and well. During the Mardi Gras Parade and Festival, make sure you are taking the following steps to protect yourself and stop the spread of COVID-19.

These COVID-19 guidelines are correct as of 14 October 2021. As Government restrictions evolve, we will continue to update information about the Mardi Gras Festival here.

Closer to each event date, all ticketholders will receive email correspondence containing the safety measures we have introduced and any associated direction from the Mardi Gras team.

We also recommend that you visit each participating venue website for their specific COVID-19 conditions of entry.

Stay home if you are unwell

Are you experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste? Please seek medical attention and stay at home.

Awaiting COVID test results?

If you are awaiting COVID test results or have recently returned from overseas or a COVID hotspot, please do not attend Mardi Gras events.

Wear a face mask

For the health and safety of yourself and others, we recommend attendees over the age of 12 to wear a face mask. Consider how you could get creative and make a statement with your face mask; think glitter, paints, embroidery, or iron-on patches.

Practise good hygiene

Wash your hands with soap and sanitise regularly in the bathrooms or at the sanitising stations located throughout the many venues involved in the Mardi Gras Festival. Cough and sneeze into your elbow.

Remain seated

Please remain in your allocated seat and limit your movement around the venue.

Practice physical distancing

Stay 1.5 metres away from other people where possible and avoid close contact with people you do not live with. Queue where indicated, don’t congregate, and observe all lift limits. Refrain from activities that could contribute to the spread of COVID-19, including handshakes, hugs, kisses, and the sharing of food, utensils and cups.

Download the COVIDSafe app

Download the COVIDSafe app and remember you will need to keep your phone turned on, and the app open, for it to work.

Download the Service NSW app

Check in to venues using COVID Safe Check-in. You will be notified via the Service NSW app, phone or email if there is an outbreak at a location you have visited.

Go cashless

If possible, use debit and credit cards instead of cash.

On-the-spot fines may be issued to people breaching the public health order as part of the COVID-19 restrictions.

For the latest Government health advice and COVID-19 restrictions, please check the NSW Government website: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19


Mardi Gras will roll out a range of health and safety initiatives at the Parade in line with local health guidelines, including: 


  • The SCG has enacted a double vaccination policy which means all spectators will be required to be double vaccinated to attend unless they have a medical exemption. 

If you have a medical exemption from vaccination and would like to attend the Parade please contact us here

Crowd Management & Social distancing 

  • Increased public transport to and from the event with additional Light Rail and Buses.
  • Staggered arrival times for participants and audience.
  • Seating will be sold with the required physical distance of 1.5m from other patrons. 

Onsite Services and Medical Checks 

  • Temperature checks and screening at all entry points for Parade participants and audience members.
  • Medical teams onsite to ensure the health and wellbeing of the Parade participants.
  • SCG first aid response and medical services onsite for audiences.
  • Face masks will be mandatory for Parade Participants in the marshalling area.
  • Additional cleaning programs will operate before and during the event to ensure high traffic areas and touch points are regularly attended to by onsite cleaning teams. 


  • Mardi Gras recommends downloading the COVID Safe App.
  • Mardi Gras recommends the wearing of face masks on all public transport to and from the event and at other times when it's not possible to physical distance.
  • Ticket holders are encouraged to stay at home if unwell. Tickets will be refunded with appropriate medical documentation in the instance that a ticket holder is feeling unwell.