Shepparton News

Mardi Gras parade to return to SCG

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SYDNEY: Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade will be relocated from Oxford St for a second year in a row, with organisers saying the move provides the best shot of proceeding amid COVID-19 uncertaint­ies.

Possible ongoing restrictio­ns and potential further COVID-19 outbreaks mean a ticketed event at the SCG is the best way to go,

Mardi Gras chief executive Albert Kruger said.

‘‘There’s still uncertaint­y of what March is going to look like for us,’’ he said.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore backed the decision to move the parade, which usually draws about 250,000 spectators.

The theme for the festival — February 18 to March 6 — is United We Shine.

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