Instead of crowds pouring onto Oxford Street, the Sydney Cricket Ground is home to more than 30000 spectators expected

The changes to the parade that will take place on Saturday are due to the COVID-19 pandemic

This year’s Mardi Gras theme is Ascension, a celebration of resilience and strength in a year of challenges and difficulties

Attendees were advised to bring a face mask and plan their travel to and from the event, with public transportation still operating at COVID-safe capacities to maintain physical distancing across the network

The parade begins at 6 p.m. EDT Revelers, however, are encouraged to come at staggered times to ensure social distancing can be maintained

Maximum 23000 spectators are allowed into the SCG as the parade moves away from the traditional big floats and instead focuses on the sparkling costumes, puppet shows and props

Mardi Gras executive director Albert Kruger said despite the caution at large gatherings, it is important to provide a creative platform for the community in the wake of the devastating effects of the pandemic

Clover Moore said the event was vital to Sydney’s economic recovery and will have the emotional effect of bringing the city to life

Transportation for NSW NSW Acting Chief Operations Officer Mark Hutchings said viewers should also consider all travel options, including using ridesharing, taxis, or driving with their group or walking to and from Central Station, as public transport both before and after the parade

“While the traditional Mardi Gras Parade does not take place on Oxford Street and no major roads will be closed this year, Saturday night drivers should expect traffic in Moore Park to be heavier than usual and allow extra travel time Said Mr. Hutchings

“Parking will be in great demand So plan to arrive early to secure a seat. The SCG gates open at 4pm and there are plenty of local venues before the parade starts at 6pm. Remember to check your ticket for the allotted arrival time ”

Nearby parking is available in the Entertainment Quarter parking lot, in the grass at the north end of Driver Avenue on Moore Park Road, and at the Sydney Boys & Girls High School on Cleveland Street Close to Lang Road is closed for events

If using ridesharing or taxis, the best drop-off area is at the north end of Driver Avenue, entrance from Moore Park Road.Alternatively, you can get off and walk on other nearby streets to avoid traffic delays >

Please note that Driver Avenue on Lang Rd will be closed after 12:00 PM and special event parking restrictions will apply on streets in and around Moore Park after 3:00 PM So check the signs carefully to avoid towing

“If you need to travel by public transport, please plan ahead, wear your face mask, listen to the transport staff, and remember to register and use your Opal card to contact tracking” said Hutchings

Trains run regularly to Central Station, where you can change for a frequent light rail or express shuttle bus to Moore Park, which departs from Chalmers Street. Additional services are often performed before and after the parade

Plan ahead if you take trains on the T3 Bankstown Line and T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line, as track work is planned over the weekend with buses replacing trains between Sydenham and Central

“While public transportation continues to operate at COVID-safe capacities, the lines for trams and buses are expected to be long, especially after the parade as they all depart around the same time So leave enough time to get home, ”said Hutchings

“A good way to avoid the queues is to walk between Moore Park and Central (approx 25 minutes) on Albert Tibby Cotter Walkway and Devonshire Street Lots of staff and signs to help you find your way ”

Face masks are mandatory on public transport and are given out in both Central Park and Moore Park Ticket holders should however bring their own as they will also be encouraged to wear these inside the SCG.People are also reminded to regularly clean their hands and wear hand sanitizer

“Additional transportation staff will be in key locations to help with trip planning and help the crowds stay COVID-safe as they travel to and from the event,” said Hutchings

People who feel uncomfortable or have the slightest symptoms of COVID-19, such as a runny nose, sore throat or fever, should not take part in the Carnival Parade

If you are unable to attend the event, the Mardi Gras parade will be broadcast live on SBS from 7:30 p.m.

For more information and planning your trip, see transportnswinfo You can also check the service capacity with the trip planner at transportnswinfo, the Opal Travel App or a third-party transport app

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