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Sydney's LGBTQI Mardi Gras goes ahead _ with restrictions

Added 03-06-21 03:03:02am EST - “Sydney's annual iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras went ahead on Saturday, only in a different format due to coronavirus restrictions.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Sydney’s LGBTQI Mardi Gras goes ahead _ with restrictions ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SYDNEY (AP) - Sydney’s annual iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras went ahead on Saturday, only in a different format due to coronavirus restrictions.

It was being held at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where people can socially distance in their seats rather than on the traditional route down Oxford Street.

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Organizers say this year’s parade will move away from the traditional large floats and instead focus on the outlandish pageantry of costumes, puppetry and props. Face masks will be mandatory for participants and there will be temperature checks and screening at entry points.

Meanwhile, LGBTQI rights protesters have been given the green light to march down Oxford Street in a separate event before the parade. Health officials in New South Wales state agreed to make an exception to the 500-person limit on public gatherings after organizers agreed to enhanced contact-tracing processes.

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