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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2021

Mardi Gras 2021 SCG

Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park

Gates open
16:00
Pre-entertainment starts
16:00
Parade starts
18:00
Parade ends
22:00

Important event information

Mardi Gras celebrations will be different this year and the traditional parade will be held inside the Sydney Cricket Ground with more than 30,000 ticketholders expected to attend.

Parade goers are encouraged to consider all the available travel options including rideshare, taxis, driving with their groups or walking for shorter trips as public transport continues to operate at reduced CovidSafe capacities to maintain physical distancing across the network.

Parking is available nearby at the Entertainment Quarter car park, the grass car park on the northern end of Driver Avenue at Moore Park Rd and Sydney Boys & Girls High car park off Cleveland St. SCG gates open from 4pm so arrive early to secure a parking space as traffic will be heavier than usual on roads approaching the precinct - check livetraffic.com for real time traffic conditions.

If you have to catch public transport, plan ahead, allow plenty of extra travel time and check real-time capacity indicators where available. Remember to use your Opal card or a contactless payment method and register your details via the Opal website or app to assist with NSW Health contact tracing. Don't forget your face mask while travelling on public transport in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong areas and attendees are encouraged to keep their masks on inside the SCG.

Light rail services and shuttle buses will run frequently between Central and Moore Park before and after the parade however queues will be long so consider walking insteadSee our Mardi Gras transport map (pdf 878KB) to help you plan your trip.

Additional queuing measures, signage and staff will be in place around Central Station, Moore Park transport hubs and the SCG to safely manage crowds arriving and leaving the event so be patient, practise physical distancing while in queues and follow the directions of staff on site

Opal

You can use an Opal card for all modes of public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, including metro, trains, buses, ferries and light rail.

Remember to top up your Opal card before you travel to avoid waiting in line at top-up machines. You can top up your card online or at an Opal retailer.

More ways to pay

If you have a contactless-enabled American Express, Mastercard or Visa debit or credit card, or a linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and tapping off at Opal card readers. Available on all public transport services including metro, trains, buses ferries and light rail, contactless payments are another way to pay on the Opal network. Adult Opal fare pricing applies and you will receive Opal benefits, including daily and weekly fare caps.

Sydney Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains running between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station.

Metro services start from the early morning running every 10 minutes until late. Change at Epping for trains to Central to get within walking distance of the stadium or to change for a light rail service.

Remember to maintain physical distancing when travelling on transport. Check real-time capacity indicators on available services when planning your trip. You may need to wait for the next service if physical distancing capacity is not available. Learn more about real-time capacity information.

For Metro service disruption information, check travel alerts and trackwork or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

The closest stations to the SCG are Central and Bondi Junction. Trains run to the city every 10 to 15 minutes on weekends across most lines. Additional trains will also run throughout the day and night until 1am, with additional services between Central and Bondi Junction until 3am, Sunday.

From Central, catch a light rail service or shuttle bus to Moore Park leaving from Chalmers Street.

Keep in mind that light rail services and shuttle buses will be busy so spectators are encouraged to walk between Central and Moore Park via Devonshire St and the Albert ‘Tibby’ Cotter Walkway to avoid queues transport services. See our Mardi Gras transport map (pdf 878KB) to help you find your way.

From Bondi Junction catch one of the many regular route buses from the Interchange to Oxford St to get within walking distance of the stadium.

Remember to maintain physical distancing when travelling on transport. Check real-time capacity indicators on available services when planning your trip. You may need to wait for the next service if physical distancing capacity is not available. Learn more about real-time capacity information.

Trackwork

Trackwork is taking place from 2am Saturday 6 March until 2am Monday 8 March 2021 on the following lines:

  • T3 Bankstown Line: Buses replace trains between Sydenham and Central. Trains run between Liverpool or Lidcombe and Sydenham only, some to a changed timetable.
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: Buses replace trains between Sydenham and Central. If you are travelling to the City from Illawarra Line stations please change at Wolli Creek for a T8 Airport & South Line train to City Circle stations.

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. Trackwork may affect how you travel so allow extra travel time and plan ahead.

For the latest information, check travel alerts and trackwork or use the Trip Planner.

Shuttle buses

Express shuttle buses will run between Central and Moore Park before and after the parade. Remember you'll need to use an Opal card or contactless payment method when travelling on these shuttle buses.

Central - Moore Park  

  • From Central to Moore Park: Services leave Central from Prince Alfred Park Pool, Chalmers St, Stand A from 4pm until 6pm.
  • Return to Central: return shuttle buses to Central will leave from Moore Park Bus Interchange from 9.30pm until 11.30pm

Keep in mind that services will be in high demand and queues will be lengthy, particularly after the event so spectators are urged to consider walking between Central and Moore Park via Devonshire St and the Albert ‘Tibby’ Cotter Walkway to minimise wait times for transport services. See our Mardi Gras transport map (pdf 878KB) to help find your way.

Additional measures including queue management will be in place to allow for 1.5 metre physical distancing while waiting to board buses so please be patient, follow the direction of staff on site and allow for extra time getting home. 

Route buses

A number of regular Sydney Buses services stop along Anzac Parade near the precinct including routes 339, 372, 374, 376, 391, 393 and 395. 

From Bondi Junction Interchange, catch routes 333, 352 or 440 to Oxford St to get within short walking distance of the SCG.

Plan your bus trip using the Trip Planner.

Remember to maintain physical distancing when travelling on transport. Check real-time capacity indicators on available services when planning your trip. You may need to wait for the next service if physical distancing capacity is not available. Learn more about real-time capacity information.

For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Catch one of the many ferry services to Circular Quay and change for a light rail service to Moore Park on the L2 Randwick or L3 Kingsford Lines.

Remember to maintain physical distancing when travelling on transport. Check real-time capacity indicators on available services when planning your trip. You may need to wait for the next service if physical distancing capacity is not available. Learn more about real-time capacity information.

For ferry service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

L1 Dulwich Hill light rail services run between Central Station (Grand Concourse) and Dulwich Hill. L2 Randwick light rail services run between Circular Quay and Randwick via Central Station (Chalmers Street) and the L3 Kingsford line services run between Circular Quay and Kingsford via Central Station (Chalmers Street).

Catch a light rail service to Moore Park on the L2 and L3 lines. The Moore Park stop is located along Anzac Parade just south of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Regular services run every 5 to 10 minutes between Circular Quay and Moore Park, and every 10 to 15 minutes between Moore Park and Randwick or Juniors Kingsford.

Additional services will also run between Central and Moore Park before and after the parade. Remember you'll need to use an Opal card or contactless payment method when travelling on light rail services.

Queues for trams getting to and from the SCG will be long, particularly after the parade, so attendees are urged to consider walking between Central and Moore Park via Devonshire St and the Albert ‘Tibby’ Cotter Walkway to avoid the queues. See our Mardi Gras transport map (pdf 878KB) to help find your way.

Remember to maintain physical distancing when travelling on transport. Check real-time capacity indicators on available services when planning your trip. You may need to wait for the next service if physical distancing capacity is not available. Learn more about real-time capacity information.

For maps and service frequencies see Light rail service information. For light rail service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

The closest taxi rank is located on Errol Flynn Boulevard (near the Hordern Pavilion). For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit Transport operators.

The best pick up and drop off area for private vehicles and rideshare is on the northern end of Driver Avenue, entry via Moore Park Road only (the southern end will be closed at Lang Rd from 12pm) or on Errol Flynn Boulevard entry from Lang Rd. See our Mardi Gras transport map (pdf 878KB) for details.

After the event, roads in the immediate vicinity of the stadium will be busy so consider walking to a pick up location outside of the precinct to avoid traffic delays. 

Attendees are encouraged to drive to the event with their groups or use rideshare and taxis. Allow extra time for parking as traffic will be heavy on roads approaching the stadium.

Drop off areas: Use the northern end of Driver Ave off Moore Park Rd or Errol Flynn Blvd off Lang Rd.

Driver Avenue will be closed to traffic between Lang Rd and the NRL building at Kippax Lake from 12pm midday until 11.30pm. See our Mardi Gras transport map (pdf 878KB) for details.

The traditional on-road parade along Oxford and Flinders Streets will not be taking place due to COVID-19 restrictions and Public Health Orders so there will be no planned closures of major roads as per previous years.

To support the new Moore Park Road pop up cycleway, there is no left-turn permitted from Lang Rd onto Moore Park Rd westbound. Motorists can use Cook Rd for access onto Moore Park Rd instead. The pop up cycleway will be closed from 9pm until midnight.

Trams are running between the CBD and South East so pedestrians are reminded to exercise caution around the tram tracks and cross at designated pedestrian crossings.

For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

Parking

Parking will be available at:

  • Entertainment Quarter multi-storey car park (flat rate event parking fees apply): entry via Errol Flynn Boulevard from Lang Road.
  • Kippax Park (EP2) grass car park (cashless, flat rate event parking fees apply): Car park open from 1pm. Entry via northern end of Driver Avenue, from Moore Park Road only.
  • Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls High School (flat rate event parking fees apply): Car park open from 1pm. Entry via Cleveland Street. Use the Anzac Parade pedestrian bridge to get to and from the SCG.

See our Mardi Gras transport map (pdf 878KB) for parking and transport locations.

Note: Showground Field (EP3) grass car park will be closed for event operations.

Each car park has spaces for RMS Mobility Parking permit holders. For more information visit Centennial Parklands - Parking.

Special event clearways

Special event clearways are strict no-parking zones, and apply even to local residents or RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Check signs before parking as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a towing fee applies. If your vehicle is towed, it will be moved to the nearest legal parking space, you can call 132 701 to speak to an operator and find its new location.

Special event clearways will be in place on roads in Moore Park and surrounding areas from 3pm until midnight on Saturday 6 March on sections of Albion Street, Moore Park Road, Lang Road, Chalmers Street, Fitzroy Street, Flinders Street and Foveaux Street.

Visit Live Traffic NSW for more details on the locations of special event clearways.

Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon. You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).