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Nobody will rain on this Parade: Mardi Gras to return on March 5, 2022

Despite Covid and lockdown concerns, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras announces the return of their world-famous Parade and Party on Saturday 5 March, 2022.

The Mardi Gras Festival will make a grand return next year from 18 February – 6 March. Bigger, bolder and better than ever, next year’s Festival will feature a packed program of events that span theatre, visual arts, parties, community gatherings, panel discussions and more. The full festival program will be issued in November.

Once again, the location for the Parade will be the Sydney Cricket Ground and it’s sure to be a powerful combination of protest and celebration, bringing together LGBTQI+ and allies from around the world.

The 2022 Mardi Gras theme is ‘United We Shine’.

Says Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger said, “Our theme this year is a reminder of all that we can achieve when our communities rise as one. 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.

“To use our voices and rally together has never been more important than it is now,” said Kruger.  

Organisers have decided that returning to Sydney Cricket Ground in 2022 provides the greatest chance for the Parade to proceed, no matter what the Covid situation determines early next year. Unlike operating a traditional Mardi Gras Parade on Oxford Street – which attracts around 250,000 spectators – the SCG allows room to scale the event up or down to ensure it takes place in case Sydney does experience further restrictions.

More news to come.

Antonino Tati

For more information mardigras.org.au.

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