World-famous Mardi Gras parade will NOT take place in Sydney’s Oxford Street for second year in a row due to Covid restrictions
- Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade to Be Moved from Oxford Street
- Due to Covid-19, the parade is being organized by the SCG for the second year in a row
- Organizers said a ticketed event is the best way to go amid lingering uncertainties
- Parade is slated to return to Oxford Street in 2023 to celebrate its 45th anniversary
Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade is being moved from Oxford Street for the second year in a row, with organizers saying the move offers the best chance of proceeding amid uncertainties over Covid-19.
Potential lingering restrictions and possible further Covid-19 outbreaks mean that a ticketed event with the SCG is the best way to go, said Albert Kruger, CEO of Mardi Gras, and organizers can adjust the event in 2022 accordingly.
“There is still uncertainty about what March will look like for us,” he said on Thursday.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade to be moved from Oxford Street to the SCG for the second year in a row (Photo: Aerial view inside the SCG during the 2021 event)
Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger (pictured right) said a ticketed event in the SCG is the best way to deal amid uncertainties about Covid-19 (Pictured: Courtney Act and Albert Kruger during a media call)
“Mardi Gras cannot guarantee that everything will return to normal in the coming months and that we can safely have hundreds of thousands of spectators on the streets.
“The parade is too important to the community to risk having to cancel.”
Sydney Mayor Clover Moore supported the decision to move the parade, which usually draws some 250,000 spectators.
“(It) makes sense given the uncertainty posed by the pandemic, which we will face for quite some time to come,” she said.
But organizers plan to bring the parade back to Oxford Street in 2023, to mark the event’s 45th anniversary, when it will be the centerpiece when Sydney hosts WorldPride.
Organizers plan to bring the parade back to Oxford Street in 2023 to mark the event’s 45th anniversary (Pictured: Mardi gras parade on Oxford Street, Sydney)
The theme of the 2022 festival, which runs from February 18 to March 6, is United We Shine, which Mr. Kruger hopes will serve as a reminder of the power of the collective voice of the communities.
“It is a call to unite against the inequalities that LGBTQI+ people still face, and it gives us the strength that our history shows: that we have the power to create a more equitable society,” he said. he.
“The time to use our voices and rally together has never been more important than now.”
Tickets to the parade cost $25, but Mardi Gras members get free entry for two.
About 3000 free tickets will be distributed to people who cannot afford a ticket.
The theme for the 2022 festival, which runs from February 18 to March 6, is United We Shine (photo: participants enjoying the parade in the SCG)