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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-6:00pm: Staggered arrivals for ticketed patrons. Please refer to your ticket and emails sent from our ticketing agent.
Enjoy the Pre-Parade Entertainment!
6:00pm: Welcome to Country followed by Parade start
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.
Maintain physical distancing at all times:
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:
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.
Ticketholders are encouraged to plan their trip to and from the parade before heading out to the SCG. Public transport will be busy while services run at Covid Safe capacities, so consider walking from Central, catching ride share or taxis or carpooling with your group and parking nearby. If you have to catch public transport, or shared transport, please wear a mask. You can plan your trip at transportnsw.info
Street Address - Sydney Cricket Ground, Driver Ave, Moore Park NSW 2021
There are a number of parking options available within walking distance of the SCG:
Note: the Showground Field (EP3) grass car park on the southern end of Driver Avenue will be closed for event operations.
Drop Off and Pick Up:
Rideshare and private vehicles should drop off on the Northern end of Driver Avenue entry from Moore Park Rd or surrounding local streets and continue on foot to the SCG. After the parade we strongly encourage you to choose a pick up location away from the immediate vicinity of the stadium to avoid delays. Remember it is mandatory to wear a mask when travelling via rideshare.
There is an existing permanent taxi rank on Errol Flynn Blvd off Lang Rd within short walking distance to the SCG. Remember it is mandatory to wear a mask when travelling via taxi.
If you have to catch public transport, plan ahead at transportnsw.info and allow plenty of extra travel time as services continue to run at CovidSafe capacities to maintain physical distancing across the network. Remember to use your Opal card or a contactless payment method and register your details via the Opal website or app.
In accordance with NSW Public Health Orders, face masks must be worn while travelling on public transport in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong areas. Spectators are strongly encouraged to keep their face masks on inside the SCG during the event.
Light rail services run regularly to Moore Park on the L2 Randwick and L3 Kingsford Lines. The Moore Park light rail stop is located on Anzac Parade just south of the SCG. You can connect with light rail services from most CBD train stations including Wynyard, Town Hall and Central.
Trams run every 5 to 10 minutes between Circular Quay and Moore Park, and every 10 to 15 minutes between Moore Park and Randwick or Juniors Kingsford, from 5am until 1am daily.
Extra services will also run between Central and Moore Park before and after the parade but services are expected to be busy so attendees are encouraged to walk or use rideshare to travel to and from the event. For more details and to plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info
A number of regular route buses run to Moore Park making stops on Anzac Parade and Oxford Street within walking distance of the SCG. Express shuttle buses will also run between Central Station and Moore Park before and after the parade. For more details and to plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info.
The closest stations to the SCG are Central and Bondi Junction. Trains run regularly to both these stations on weekends.
From Central you can connect with light rail services or shuttle buses leaving from Chalmers Street to get to Moore Park, alternatively it takes approximately 25 minutes to walk to the SCG via Devonshire Street and the Albert “Tibby” Cotter Bridge.
From Bondi Junction, catch one of the many regular route buses from the Interchange to Oxford Street to get within walking distance of the stadium. For more details and to plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info
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.
RAIN ON OUR PARADE!
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.
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.
No BYO food or drink
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
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.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, who are the traditional owners of the land on which our celebrations are held on.
We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend that respect to other First Nations peoples.
Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.