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Parade Access & Inclusion

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was established on the values of acceptance and inclusion. We work towards the right for all to experience and enjoy our much-loved Parade. We are dedicated to making it an accessible and inclusive event for all visitors.

The safety of our community, spectators, parade participants, staff and volunteers are our highest priority and is at the forefront of all our planning. A number of operational changes have been made to ensure your safety. The Parade continues to be the significant platform for us to come together and shine a global spotlight on LGBTQI+ lives, culture, communities and creativity.

Please click the below text boxes to expand them for more information on 2022 Parade access and inclusion. For general Parade information, please visit here.

Major changes to note for 2022

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic and the restrictions under current health orders, the following changes will be in place for the 2022 Parade:

  • The Parade will be a ticketed event for spectators, held at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Moore Park, and aired by our official broadcast partner. 
  • Parade participant numbers will be reduced, with Parade participants capped at a maximum of 6,500 people. 
  • Parade groups will be no more than 40 persons each. This will allow for as any many groups as possible to participate. 
  • No vehicles can be used as part of any floats. SGLMG encourages participants to think big with their costumes, props, flags, inflatables, signs and pushable elements. 

Please note that everything is subject to change based on advice from government and NSW Health.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

A series of COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be in place which all spectators must comply with. 

These include:

  • All spectators and participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be required to show a vaccination certificate on entry. This will be in accordance with NSW Health advice, which currently does not recommend a vaccine for children under 12 however should this requirement by the government change our terms and conditions will change accordingly. Any persons with a medical exemption will be permitted to attend but must provide evidence of this on entry.
  • When purchasing tickets, the full name, contact details and postal code for all ticketholders must be pre-registered to allow for contact tracing.
    • ID checks will occur prior to entry. Ticketholder names must match valid ID.
  • Maintain physical distancing at all times:
    •  1.5 metres distance from other people whilst travelling and queuing.
    • Remain in your allocated seat/row as identified on your ticket. 
  • Practice good hygiene by using hand sanitisers provided upon entry and washing hands.
  • Arrive to the SCG venue via the designated entry gate and arrival time as identified on your ticket or in emails sent to you from our ticketing agent.
  • Follow directions of the COVID Marshalls onsite who will ensure all patrons are COVID safe and compliant.
  • Bag searches will occur prior to entry. We encourage you to minimise the number and size of bag that you bring for a more seamless entry. Bags must not be larger than A3-size (297mm x 420mm). There will not be a cloak room available.

In any of the instances below, please stay home:

  • If you are currently positive for COVID-19 or experiencing standard COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you have returned from overseas or a declared hotspot within the past 14 days.
  • If you are currently awaiting results for a COVID-19 test.
  • If you have been in contact with a person who is diagnosed with or suspected of being COVID-19 positive.

Please note that everything is subject to change based on advice from government and NSW Health.

ACCESS AND INCLUSION VIEWING

We have worked closely with Sydney Cricket Ground to ensure that our Parade is accessible for our spectators. Please note the following:

  • Entry gates into the stadium are accessible for people who use wheelchairs.
  • Ramps and lifts  are used within the stadium to provide safe access for wheelchair or mobility impaired visitors.
  • Wheelchair-accessible seating and toilet amenities are available. All food and beverage outlets in the following stands have wheelchair-accessible height counters: Noble, Don Bradman, Bill O’Reilly and Victor Trumper Stands. Please note that only some of the F&B outlets in the Brewongle and Churchill Stands are wheelchair accessible.
  • Types of seating available:
    • Wheelchair-accessible : There are numerous seats for wheelchair users with flexible seating nearby for companions, carers or guests. Each wheelchair-accessible space is approximately 900mm wide. Please ensure that your powered wheelchair is fully charged as there are no charging points available onsite.  
    • Easy Access: There are numerous seats located in specific areas of the stadium that allow that enable mobility impaired spectators with easy access (limited steps). Flexible seating nearby for companions, carers or guests is available.
  • All stadium seating is tiered and offers an unobstructed view of the field where the Parade will be held.
  • There are two large video screens for close-up vision of the Parade and all public information messages. These screens are visible from all stadium seating.
  • AUSLAN interpretation will be visible from the dedicated seating bay for hearing-impaired spectators during live speeches or performances. Please book accessible seats as per the below and identify your requirement for AUSLAN interpretation in order to be seated here.
  • Hearing loops are not available.
  • Majority of toilet amenities across the venue have tactile Braille signs. Please note that the Brewongle and Churchill Stands do not have tactile Braille signs.
  • Assistance animals are welcome. Please bring and present a copy of your assistance animal permit (if you have one) upon arrival to expedite your entry into the venue.
HOW TO BOOK ACCESSIBLE SEATS

More information will be available on Monday 15 November 2021 when tickets go on sale. Please sign up to the waitlist here to receive a reminder.

If you want to be kept up to date on all Mardi Gras related news, please click here to subscribe to our e-newsletter.

TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE VENUE – SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND (SCG)

Please refer to Sydney Cricket Ground’s website by clicking here. More detailed information will become available and updated onto this webpage closer to the event. 


CONTACT US

Please contact the Mardi Gras team if you have any questions about Parade access and inclusion via:

Email: accessibility@mardigrasarts.org.au

Phone: (02) 9383 0900 – available Monday to Friday between 10am – 6pm AEST

For those who are deaf or have hearing/speech impairments, Mardi Gras is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service.

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