Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Date: Saturday 7 March 2015
Time: from 7.45–10.30pm
Location: Oxford Street Sydney to Moore Park
The 37th year of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade will see over 140 floats and 10,000 entrants participate. The parade will travel up Oxford Street from the corner of Hyde Park and then turn right onto Flinders Street, ending at Moore Park. Large crowds are expected to attend the parade, so plan ahead and allow plenty of extra travel time. Road closures and bus diversions will be in place around the parade route (see below).
Once Oxford and Flinders Streets close to traffic, there will be designated points along the Parade route where pedestrians can cross. However, these crossing points are only open until 7pm, although for spectator safety, some may close earlier. If you need to cross the parade route, you should do so by 6pm to ensure you reach your destination. Once crossing points are closed, you will not be able to cross the parade route until the parade ends.
There is extensive information on the Mardi Gras Accessibility webpage on travelling to and viewing the parade, including a map of the accessible viewing areas. Please note you will need to contact Mardi Gras well in advance to register for these.
Special traffic arrangements
Major road closures include:
Sydney city: Castlereagh, College, Elizabeth, Liverpool and Pitt Streets and Wentworth Avenue
Darlinghurst: Crown, Flinders, Oxford, Riley and South Dowling Streets
Surry Hills: Bourke Street
Moore Park: Anzac Parade, Moore Park Road and Driver Ave.
Motorists travelling in the area are advised to allow for extra travel time or expect significant delays.
Police may restrict vehicle access along closed roads, including access by residents and business owners.
Special event clearways
Special event clearways will also be in place from 1pm on Saturday 7 March until 4am on Sunday 8 March. Check signs before parking as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a fee will apply.
For more information on road closures, clearways and restricted parking go to www.livetraffic.com, download Live Traffic for NSW at the App Store or Google Play, or call 132 701
The closest stations to the start of the parade are Town Hall, Martin Place and St James. Museum Station will be closed between 5pm on Saturday and 4am on Sunday. No train services will stop at this station. Sydney Trains is operating to a regular weekend timetable to get you to the parade.
Additional buses are running on major corridors to get you to the city from 3pm. Extra return services are also running to help you get home from 9pm to 2am.
Please note that milk crates are not permitted on public transport and that this is a glass-free event.
For more information on changes to public transport go to www.transportnsw.info or call the 131 500 Transport Info Line.
The Secure Taxi Rank is located in Elizabeth Street (East) between Liverpool Street and Nithsdale Lane and will be staffed from 9pm to 5am. There will be an accessible taxi available at this rank. For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit NSW Taxi Council