The carnival party could move to the Allianz Stadium due to restructuring plans

In 2020, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras organization had to apologize after thousands of after-party ticket holders – who paid between $200 and $270 – were forced to miss headlines because hording out its 5500-person capacity had achieved.

“Since the afterparty started attracting big international acts, it has suffered from being too exclusive and not offering an event for the whole community,” said Ben Blackburn from Paddington.

The carnival after party is usually held in the Hordern pavilion.

The carnival after party is usually held in the Hordern pavilion.Credit:

“If it wasn’t because of rising ticket prices, then it was because of diminishing ticket availability, and if you were lucky enough to snag a ticket, there was still no guarantee that you could get into the horders themselves.”

A possible move of the after-party to Sydney Football Stadium would “make the event fairer – and, like WorldPride’s domain parties, more fun,” said Blackburn, who also supported the other proposed changes to the way Sydney supported The football stadium is in operation.

While the events at Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground have been a point of contention for local residents worried about noise and traffic, Minns sent a blunt message to opponents of the change earlier in the month that the borough is the city and not them belong.

“If Sydney is a city of millions of people with a vibrant and active nightlife with lots and lots of young people, it’s going to be active and have an energy and it can’t behave like the city.” Unbound where we try to stop all activity after dark,” he said.

“Living closer to the city in a global city like Sydney, you have to be prepared for venues like this.

“What does that mean if you [live] If you have a big sporting event close to the CBD or a big sporting event close to your home, it belongs to the people of New South Wales. It is not your personal fiefdom. It’s not your personal backyard.”


At the time of Minns’ comments, Paddington resident Harry said he bought his home nine years ago on the grounds that there would only be four concerts a year. “Suddenly they will terrorize us,” he said of this imprint. “I’m in my 70’s now and there is no parking nearby. You are parking illegally.”

But neighbor Kate said she was surprised there weren’t any more concerts at the venue. “We heard Bruno Mars,” she said. “The windows shake, but that doesn’t bother me at all. A lot of people say how lucky we are to live so close to us. It’s pretty cool.”

Disclosure: Reporter Ben Grubb is a paying member of Mardi Gras.

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