Everything you need to know about Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade

Everything you need to know about Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade
Everything you need to know about Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade

Sydney’s famous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival has been on for a couple of weeks, but the culmination is this weekend.

The famous Mardi Gras Parade will travel from the city along Oxford and Flinders Streets towards Moore Park, with thousands expected to line the route on Saturday, March 2.

The 46th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival launch at Bondi. (Dion Georgopoulos)
The parade during WorldPride last year. (Sydney WorldPride)

Parade locations and tickets

More than 200 floats and around 12,000 marchers will stream down Oxford Street, Flinders Street and Anzac Parade for the 46th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

They’ll be led as usual by Dykes on Bikes, the First Nations Community Float and the original marchers – the 78ers.

You don’t need a ticket to watch the colourful parade from the street.

But if you want to avoid the crowds, there are still tickets available for some viewing areas.
A total of 53 people were arrested during Sydney’s first-ever Mardi Gras. (Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives)

The parade runs from 7.30pm until 11pm on Saturday.

He’s expected to be there again this year.

The parade is followed by the Mardi Gras Party.

It’s at the Hordern Pavilion and other venues at the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park.

Parade goers walk in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade during the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade as part of Sydney WorldPride on February 25, 2023 in Sydney
Parade dancers entertain in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade as part of Sydney WorldPride on February 25, 2023. (Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

Headlining the 10,000 reveller party is American singer Adam Lambert.

Also on the bill are Cece Peniston, Ultra Nate, Patrick Mason, Monki and Moto Blanco.

It runs from 10pm right through until 8am the next morning.

Tickets are still available for $239 plus a booking fee.
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Road closures and public transport

Public transport is a must if you’re heading to the parade or party.

Major roads will be closed between the Sydney CBD and Moore Park from 3pm.

From 7pm, you won’t be able to cross Oxford Street.

If you want to head to the northern side of the route at Darlinghurst, use Town Hall, St James, Martin Place or Kings Cross stations and then walk.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese takes part in the 45th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney, March 25, 2023.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese takes part in the 45th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney. (Nikki Short / The Sydney Morning Herald)

For southern side viewing at Surry Hills or Moore Park, use Central Station.

Museum Station will be closed from 5pm due to large crowds.

For Moore Park viewing, change for light rail services leaving from Central Chalmers Street.

Source: 9news.com.au

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