Bigger Parade capacity - and more free hardship tickets!

Posted on 07 Dec, 2020
Bigger Parade capacity - and more free hardship tickets!

Mardi Gras is pleased to announce that the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) can now operate at full capacity, following the easing of restrictions in NSW last week.

This means the 2021 Mardi Gras Parade will welcome up to 46,000 total spectators to the live event on Saturday 6 March, double what was previously permitted!

With the increased venue capacity, Mardi Gras has expanded our free ticket offering for community members who are feeling the financial impact of COVID-19, now giving away 2,000 free tickets to ensure the Parade is as accessible as possible to all. Tickets will be randomly allocated via a ballot system where 1,000 people will be selected to receive a double pass to experience the Parade live at the SCG.

Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger says: “We understand that 2020 has been a challenging year for many members of our LGBTQI+ communities, and in response to those who are experiencing financial hardship as a result, we announced Mardi Gras would hold a free ticketing ballot for the Parade back in November.” 

“We are extremely pleased that the easing of restrictions means we can extend our offering to 2,000 free tickets in total, ensuring that as many people as possible can celebrate their Pride with us in person on the night,” said Kruger.

Applications for the COVID-19 Hardship ballot are now open:


Additional Parade seating is now on sale:


2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Where: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) + broadcast on SBS
When: Saturday 6 March, 2021
Tickets: Adults $20, Group bookings of four $50, Children under 15 or concession $15
Mardi Gras Members receive two complimentary tickets!