Organizers vow to press ‘rain or shine’ for Sydney’s 44th Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade as harsh weather conditions are forecast throughout the weekend.
Saturday night’s parade will be the second at the SCG after being moved there instead of along the usual Oxford Street route due to COVID-19 precautions.
“There have been many times over the past 44 years when it has rained on the night of the parade and it has never stopped our communities from coming together to celebrate,” a Mardi Gras spokesperson said.
“Rain or shine, the parade will go forward.
Rain and highs of 28C are forecast for Sydney on Saturday with a chance of thunderstorms later in the day.
Activists will stage a march down Oxford Street in the afternoon to protest against the Morrison government’s Religious Freedoms Bill.
“Our fight is not over until the fanatics in Parliament continue their disgusting attacks on my community,” said Pride in Protest member Wei Thai-Haynes.
Earlier this month, the federal government suspended controversial changes to religious and gender discrimination laws, which included allowing schools to expel gay and trans students.
NSW Police have promised a highly visible presence for the weekend.
Parade revelers will see the return of former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes, 10 years after his last album, as well as performances from The Wiggles and solo artist Vanessa Amorosi.
Saturday’s parade floats will include firsts from Football Australia and the YMCA, as well as one from Amnesty International calling on Australia to increase its number of refugees.
Australian Associated Press