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Sydney - Mardi Gras Parade, 7pm to 10pm, Free

Sydney - Mardi Gras Parade, 7pm to 10pm, Free

With 40 incredible years of passion, pride and protest, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade has grown to a bustling extravaganza that brings Sydney to a standstill, and shines a light on the issues affecting LGBTQI people around the world.

The 40th anniversary Parade looks set to be the biggest and most exciting yet, with a sparkling procession of over 200 groups and jaw-dropping floats showcasing the best our community has to offer. Dykes on Bikes, outrageous drag queens, community heroes and talented queer performers will join many more LGBTQI groups and allies from all walks of life to create stunning showpieces.

Join us for our biggest night of the year. A festival of love that knows no bounds, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. It’s big… it’s really big… and everyone’s invited.

For more information visit the official website here

Click on image for link to the Official Parade Float running order

Click on image for link to the Official Parade Float running order

When: Saturday, 3rd March 2018
7pm - 10pm

Ages: All children should be accompanied by an adult, all guardians/parents are individually responsible for exposing their own children to Mardi Gras related events.
Price: Free

Where: Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Moore Park.

Parking: e encourage you to take public transport to the Parade - here's all the details.

We're expecting large crowds to come into the Parade precinct so plan to arrive early and follow us on social media for updates on traffic, vantage points and other information.

From the outrageously adorned, to the sassy, satirical and serious, Mardi Gras welcomes the community in a fabulous festivity of love that knows no bounds. 

Major roads along and surrounding the parade route from Hyde Park to Moore Park will be closed from 5pm, including Liverpool St, Wentworth Ave, College St, Oxford St, Flinders St, Moore Park Rd and Anzac Pde. Some closures around Hyde Park will be in place from as early as 3pm. Leave the car at home on Mardi Gras and let public transport get you to and from the parade.

If you have to drive, expect major delays on roads in the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst and Moore Park while closures are in place. Remember, you aren’t allowed to drive onto closed roads, including exiting from a driveway or carpark so plan your movements ahead of time as most roads won’t reopen until 4am the next day.

Download the road closures map here.

Special event clearways

Street parking will be extremely limited with special event clearway parking restrictions in place from 6am Saturday through until 4am Sunday 4 March on most roads throughout the southern end of the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Moore Park.

Check signs carefully before parking as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a fee applies.

For closure and clearway details with maps, visit Live Traffic NSW, or download a real-time traffic app.

Nearby Cafe and Awesome Coffee: There will be food stalls onsite at the festival, however check out the food recommendations on visitpaddington

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