Mardi Gras party for 10,000 people cancelled

A Mardi Gras party to be held at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion following the parade at the Sydney Cricket Ground has been cancelled by organisers.

The event planned for March 5 was expected to attract more than 10,000 people, with organisers saying they “had to make the very tough call”.

“It’s with very heavy hearts we must advise that party will no longer take place in 2022,” the organisers wrote on Instagram.

“The team at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has worked tirelessly with NSW Health, the state government and venues at all stages of planning for our entire festival, however party is not operable under the state’s Public Health Order.

“This phase of the pandemic remains volatile, and the health and safety of our community will always remain our top priority.

“The nature of this even being mostly indoors with dancing, plus with an attendance of more than 10,000 people means it is high risk for COVID transmission.”

Other events planned to celebrate the Mardi Gras Festival are still scheduled to run.

The current health restrictions in NSW that ban singing and dancing at venues are set to expire on January 27, but NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said they “haven’t made any decisions yet” whether to extend the ban.