Plan Your Parade Experience

Take your seats for a spectacular celebration of pride, protest, passion and diversity. This is Mardi Gras like you’ve never seen it before, in one of Sydney’s most iconic venues.

It’s game on for the 43rd Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade – on Saturday 6 March 2021 we’re transforming the Sydney Cricket Ground into a stunning and sparkling showcase of LGBTQI+ culture and community.

Feel the energy of the crowd and gaze in wonderment at what we can create together. Join the stadium audience of 23,000 families, friends and allies, where you’ll witness a colourful cavalcade starring 5,000 paraders from over 100 LGBTQI+ community groups. The 2021 Parade will move away from large floats, focusing instead on the outlandish pageantry of vibrant costumes, puppetry and props.



(All times are approximate and subject to change)

4:00pm-6:15pm: Staggered arrivals for ticketed patrons. Please refer to your ticket and emails sent from our ticketing agent.
Enjoy the Pre-Parade Entertainment!
6:15pm: Welcome to Country
6:35pm: Dykes on Bikes 
6:45pm: Parade starts
10:00pm: Parade ends

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

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.

A series of COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be in place which all ticketed patrons must comply with. These include:

During ticket purchase, you must register contact details for all ticketholders 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 and whilst queuing.
  • Remain in your allocated seat as identified on your ticket/row
  • You can sit next to anyone within your ticketed group booking. 
  • You must keep a two (2) seat gap between your group and other groups. 

Practice good hygiene by using hand sanitisers provided upon entry and washing hands.

Arrive to the SCG venue via the designated entry gate at the arrival time as identified on your ticket or sent to you via email 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 bags that you bring for a more seamless entry. Bags must not be larger than A3-size (297mm x 420mm). There will not be a cloakroom available.

Symptom screenings and temperature checks will occur prior to entry. In any of the instances below, please stay home:

  • If you are feeling unwell or have flu-like symptoms
  • If you have been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • If you have been to a known hotspot in the last 14 days
  • If you have been in quarantine in the last 14 days

SGLMG will continue to work closely with NSW Health and other government agencies in the lead up to the Parade and will adapt COVID Safe Protocols as required. All COVID Safe Protocols are subject to change at any time to meet any applicable health orders.

We encourage all patrons attending the Parade to download and activate the Federal Government’s COVIDSafe app. Refer to these download links for IOS or Android devices: App Store Google Play

Access and Inclusion Viewing
For details about access and inclusion viewing at the 2021 Parade, please visit our webpage here.

Street Address:
Sydney Cricket Ground, Driver Ave, Moore Park NSW 2021

Parking is available at the Wilson Carpark at the Entertainment Quarter (EQ) in Moore Park. Please visit their website for parking rates, operating hours and to book a parking space. Parking is available on the ground floor for the mobility impaired. 

Private Cars – Drop Off and Pick Up:
Private cars will be able to utilise Errol Flynn Boulevard as a drop off and pick up zone.

Public Transport:
If you use public transport, SGLMG recommends that you wear a face mask on all public transport services.

Light Rail: Catch a light rail service to Moore Park on the new L2 Randwick Line. From Central Railway Station, light rail services leave via Chalmers Street. The Moore Park Light Rail stop is located on Anzac Parade and is a 300 metres distance (approximately 3-minute walk on a flat surface) from the SCG.

Buses: Catch a Sydney Buses service to the bus stop located on the bus loop next to Tramway Oval. This is approximately 100 metres away (approximately 1-minute walk on a flat surface) from the SCG.

Trains: From Central Railway Station’s exit at Devonshire Street, it takes approximately 25 minutes to walk to the SCG. Travel down Devonshire Street until South Dowling Street, cross the road into Moore Park, and continue on the footpath to reach the Albert “Tibby” Cotter Bridge, which will then lead you to Driver Avenue near SCG. This route includes steep inclines.

Taxis/Ride Share: If you must use taxis/ride shares, please ensure that you wear a face mask.

Taxis and ride share cars will be able to pick up and drop off at the existing permanent taxi rank located in the Entertainment Quarter on Errol Flynn Boulevard opposite the Hordern Pavilion.

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.

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.

Please do not bring umbrellas. 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 Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and information.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

You are unable to bring your own food and drink.

There will be food and beverage outlets within the SCG stadium available for patrons to purchase food and drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic). After purchase, please return to your seat to consume your food and drinks. We request you dispose of your rubbish in the bins provided.

What not to bring

No BYO food or drink
No alcohol
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

Event Safety

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

In the case of an EMERGENCY and you require immediate medical attention, please notify venue staff or security.  Please ensure that you or a friend can identify your location. We will have medical teams available onsite.