Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will now be able to host 46,000 spectators at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Last month it was announced next year’s celebration would be a COVID-safe ticketed event at the SCG, with a maximum of 23,000 spectators – instead of the traditional parade up Oxford St in Darlinghurst.
However, as restrictions in NSW have eased, the SCG can now operate at full capacity.
Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger said the SCG parade on March 6 would move away from the traditional large floats and instead focus on pageantry of costumes, puppetry and props.
“We are extremely pleased that the easing of restrictions means we can extend our offering to 2000 free tickets in total, ensuring that as many people as possible can celebrate their pride with us in person on the night,” he said on Monday.
Additional parade seating will go on sale on Wednesday.