Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras organisers have announced that next year’s Parade will again be held as a ticketed event within the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for a second year.
Mardi Gras moved the 2021 parade from Sydney’s Oxford Street to inside the SCG. And on Thursday, organisers said the same thing will happen once more, on March 5, 2022.
Mardi Gras President Albert Kruger explained the decision “provides the best chance for the Parade to proceed, no matter what the COVID situation determines early next year.”
He said the SCG allows them room to scale the Parade up or down to ensure it takes place.
“Our priority with planning for next year’s Parade was ensuring we can once again deliver a safe event,” Kruger said.
“There’s still uncertainty of what March is going to look like for us.
“Mardi Gras can’t guarantee that in the next few months things will be back to normal and we can safely have hundreds of thousands spectators on the streets.”
As with the 2021 parade, thousands of spectators will cheer marchers on from the stands as they circle the field.
Audiences across the country will also be able to view the event livestreamed online.
Kruger said Mardi Gras must make a decision now and the Parade is “too important to the community to risk having to cancel.”
“The SCG is the best option for us to guarantee that we can come together to keep the spirit of Mardi Gras’ history of protest and celebration shining bright in 2022,” Kruger said.
“What we do know is that we can stage an incredible and safe Parade in the SCG.”
Tickets to 2022 Mardi Gras Parade on sale next month
Mardi Gras President Albert Kruger confirmed the Parade will return to Oxford Street for its 45th anniversary in 2023.
That year, it will coincide with the Sydney WorldPride mega-festival, the first WorldPride held in the southern hemisphere.
Tickets for the 2022 Mardi Gras Parade at the SCG are on sale November 15. 78ers and Mardi Gras members will also receive complementary tickets.
Organisers have also set up a hardship ballot with 3,000 free Parade tickets for those experiencing financial strain.
Next year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival will run from February 18 to March 6, 2022.
Its program of events will include theatre, visual arts, parties, community gatherings, panel discussions and more.
The 2022 Mardi Gras theme is United We Shine, “signifying that LGBTQI+ communities shine brighter together.”
“Our theme’s a reminder of all we can achieve when our communities rise as one,” Kruger said.
“It is a call to stand united against the inequalities LGBTQI+ people continue to face, and empowers us with the strength that our history shows: that we have the power to create a more equitable society.”
Kruger said they will unveil the full 2022 festival program in November.
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