Rita Ora announced for 2021 Mardi Gras Parade

This year's parade will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground

British pop singer Rita Ora will lead the entertainment lineup for this year’s Mardi Gras Parade at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 6.

Moving from its usual location of Oxford Street to the SCG, this year’s entertainment lineup will also include performances from the likes of G Flip, Montaigne and Electric Fields. A limited release of final tickets will go on sale today at 2pm AEDT.

It was announced back in November of last year that the 2021 Mardi Gras Parade would be moving to the SCG due to concerns around COVID-19. Audience numbers at the cricket grounds will be capped at 23,000 people, unless restrictions enforced by the NSW Government are relaxed further.

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Parade organisers have told attendees to expects smaller floats than usual, with a focus instead on “outlandish pageantry of costumes, puppetry and props”. Outside of the parade, flagship events such as The Party, Laneway and Pool Party were cancelled outright.

“The Parade is such a special event for the community,” commented Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger in a statement today (February 17).

“It is a loud, proud and welcoming celebration of community spirit and connectedness.”

“The move to the SCG has presented us with a unique opportunity to add to the spectacle of the Parade with some truly awe-inspiring performances and we are thrilled to have a world-wide superstar in Rita Ora join this once-in-a-lifetime Parade. As always we have a few more surprises in store for the night, so keep an eye out.”

Ora is primarily in the country to appear on The Voice Australia as a coach, and recently completed a mandatory 14 days in hotel quarantine. The Federal Government was criticised by members of the Opposition earlier this month for allowing Ora into the country, despite the nation’s border closures.

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G Flip, meanwhile, recently shared a remix of her mxmtoon collaboration ‘Queen’ by producer Touch Sensitive.

It was exclusively premiered via TikTok as part of a partnership with Mardi Gras, prior to its full release on streaming platforms last week.

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