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In order to ensure the safety of Parade participants, spectators and the community at large, the 2021 Parade will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Parade partner SBS will broadcast the event live so everyone from across Australia can also tune in from home.
Planning a large-scale event during a global pandemic is no small feat. When we were looking into options for the Parade, the health and safety of our community was always top priority, as well as how we could adopt COVID-safe protocols that are in line with Federal and State government directives.
Logistically, a Parade staged along Oxford Street this year would be very difficult to ensure strict social distancing measures and contract tracing without a complete overall of the Parade footprint.
No, the Parade has only moved to the SCG due to current health guidelines that are a result of the global pandemic.
We look forward to the day when hundreds of thousands people can gather on Oxford Street once more, but COVID-19 has changed the way we do things in all aspects of our lives and the Parade is not exempt from this. We feel incredibly lucky to be able to give the community the opportunity to share their pride with the world, especially during this new world we’re all living in.
PLEASE NOTE: Do not purchase tickets from any other ticket reseller sites such as Viagogo, eBay or Gumtree, as tickets there cannot be 100% verified as genuine and not copies!
No. The Parade will not be ticketed nor will there be a cost to attend beyond 2021. This ticketing change is a once-off and is a respond to Covid-19.
A group booking can be made via Ticketek and you can book a maximum of 10 tickets in one transaction. Should you wish to book more than 10 tickets, you will need to make multiple transactions.
At this time, you are unable to allocate a seat to your ticket but you can select the bay you would like to sit in.
When you arrive at the Sydney Cricket Ground, please proceed to your allocated bay where you will be directed to a seat. To ensure we are complying with physical distancing guidelines, you will be asked to leave a seat empty between your booking and the booking next to you.
With a greater focus on community, our 2021 Parade will move away from large floats, centring instead on the outlandish pageantry of costumes, puppetry and props that make it such a phenomenon to witness.
The Parade will look different to how it has in the past, but the spirit of celebration and protest will remain strong. We will still have around the same number of community groups marching in the parade that we normally would, however the number of marchers per group will be capped at 40 to fit in with health guidelines.
We are dedicated to making our Parade accessible for all visitors. Read more about Accessibility at the 2021 Mardi Gras Parade here.
While Australia is doing exceedingly well, it goes without saying that COVID-19 will remain a concern into 2021.
As an organisation, our first priority is always to ensure everyone who attends one of our events remains safe and healthy. We’re working closely with NSW Health to monitor the situation and will keep you updated if plans change.
Absolutely! It takes an army to host an event like Mardi Gras, and we would love all the help we can get.
Applications for Parade floats have now closed.
Mardi Gras will roll out a range of health and safety initiatives at the Parade in line with local health guidelines, including:
Crowd Management & Social distancing- Increased public transport to and from the event with additional Light Rail and Buses.
Onsite Services and Medical Checks- Temperature checks and screening at all entry points for parade participants and audience members.
Education- Mardi Gras recommends downloading the COVID Safe App.
We are working with NSW Health on a number of different COVID-safe plans to stage additional events, like Fair Day and the Party, in 2021.
Updates on the progress of this planning will be provided in the coming weeks when we have more of an idea of what is going to be possible.