Glitz, beroemdheden en politieke verklaringen: wat te verwachten op Mardi Gras 2020maart 5, 2020
Updated February 29, 2020 12:57:04
Sydney’s glittering Mardi Gras parade will sashay down Oxford Street tonight, with dozens of floats and thousands of revellers set to join the annual event celebrating the LGBTQI community.
This year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) parade is themed What Matters, with over 200 groups and floats to walk one of Sydney’s most famous streets from 7:30pm.
The procession is world-renowned for the extravagant celebration of all things “camp, queer and glamorous”, but this year’s theme asks participants to ponder some serious questions too.
“What matters to you? What are you willing to fight for? Who will you fight for, and what are you going to do?” organisers asked.
Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger said they consulted with the LGBTQI community for answers to these questions and many floats will act as calls to action.
“What matters to me? We want to stand together and fight for social justice … there are a few things threatening [this] … one being the religious discrimination bill,” he said.
“It is something that is not only unfair to the LGBTQI community but society in general.”
The controversial bill, which the Government says aims to protect the freedom to practice religion, would allow medical workers to object to carrying out procedures against their faith and permit hospitals and aged care providers to hire people based on their faith.
Creative director Kat Dopper said the 2020 theme encouraged conversation and debate.
“There’s also lots of floats that talk about climate change and it’s kind of not surprising given the world we live in right now,” she said.
Other floats include Fire and Rescue NSW, Guide Dogs NSW and the CSIRO, as well as Sydney Silverbacks Wrestling, Gay Dads NSW and a Golden Girls float.
Assistant Commissioner Tony Crandell, who is the Mardi Gras commander, said there would be about 1,000 police on patrol around the parade to ensure a safe night for all.
“You’ll see police on bikes, you’ll also see horses around, certainly people from the transport command,” he said.
There will be a strong focus on crowd management as well as alcohol-related violence and underage drinking, which police say ramped up last year.
Getting to the parade
Trains will run frequently to the CBD, with stations surrounding Oxford Street. For access from the northern side (Darlinghurst), use train stations Town Hall, St James or Martin Place. From access to the southern side (Surry Hills), use Central Station.
However, Museum Station will be closed today from 5pm until 4am on Sunday morning and cannot be used during those times.
Additional bus services from the northern beaches, the north shore, the inner west and the eastern suburbs will run from 3pm Saturday until 3am Sunday, while extra late-night services will assist for the journey home.
Sydney’s light rail will also run between Dulwich Hill and Central Station. Those alighting at Central can walk to the southern side of the parade via Albion Street.
Ferries will run on the regular Saturday timetable, with the last ferry to leave at 7:30pm this evening.
Location of stations, as well as toilet facilities and food options are available on the parade map, while more details about transport options are available on the Transport NSW website.
The festival, in its 42nd year, will see performances from special guest, UK artist Sam Smith at the afterparty, with Dua Lipa, Kesha and Brazilian drag star Pablo Vittar, as well as a line-up of DJs.
In a video posted to Twitter last month, Grammy-award-winning Smith said their performance at Sydney’s Mardi Gras Party would be “one of the highlights of my career”.
Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion and surrounding venues will transform for the sold-out party, with music, light and performance.
It was headlined by PNAU and pop singer Kim Petras. Kylie Minogue also made a brief appearance.
Sydney will also host WorldPride in 2023 and will become the first city in the southern hemisphere to ever host the major international LGBTQI event.
First posted February 29, 2020 05:48:56