Sydney’s iconic Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will go ahead in 2021 but not as per usual. Instead, a ticketed Parade event will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a covid-safe environment. Instead of going down Oxford Street, the parade will lap the stadium.
“Mardi Gras will work closely with NSW Health to follow any COVID restrictions/guidelines. We will share necessary information here ASAP as we get closer to the date,” says the Mardi Gras website.
Mardi Gras has announced that a capacity of 23,000 people will be able watch community groups “unite in an extravagant show of pride and passion”. Parade partner SBS will broadcast the entire event live.
“Mardi Gras has always been the epitome of creative expression through art and culture; two things severely impacted by COVID-19 this year,” says Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger. “So it was important to Mardi Gras that we rise to the occasion and to give the community the creative platform to express their pride to the world. The 2021 Parade may look different… but we feel very lucky to be able to give this opportunity to our communities during these times.”
Parade entry and Parade volunteer applications open on Monday 9 November. Tickets for the live Parade spectacle go on sale Monday 9 November at www.mardigras.org.au. Mardi Gras members will receive two complimentary tickets to the Parade on Saturday March 6 at Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras still plans to hold a festival running from 19 February to 7 March.