Sydneysiders have been advised to plan ahead for this weekend’s Mardi Gras parade.
About 10,000 people, along with decorative floats, will march down Oxford St, Darlinghurst this Saturday.
Assistant commissioner Alan Clarke said police will control traffic for the event and would be conducting a high-visibility operation to ensure the safety of spectators, performers and the wider public.
“Our police operation will focus on traffic and transport management before, during and after the parade, as well as crowd safety, particularly during peak times when large numbers of people are coming and going from the area,” assistant commissioner Clarke said.
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of local and international spectators, so those going are advised to plan ahead.
“There will be a number of major road closures which will affect Sydney traffic so your best bet is to catch public transport,” assistant commissioner Clarke said.
Police will also be on high alert for anyone taking or dealing illicit drugs and alcohol related crime.
Assistant commissioner Clarke said anti-social behaviour or refusal to cooperate with police could attract fines of $2000.
“Police have the power to confiscate and dispose of alcohol that is being, has been, or is likely to be consumed in an alcohol-free zone,” he said.
“It’s also an offence to consume alcohol on Sydney Trains property and we will have officers from the Police Transport Command patrolling trains, stations and transport hubs before and after the event.” – Rachel Mall
Top photo by Rebekah Day.