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Oxford Street Is Ditching Lockout Laws For Mardi Gras

This coming weekend is going to be one heck of a colourful and sparkly party in Sydney as we join together to celebrate the 40th annual Mardi Gras parade.

To make this year extra special and to celebrate this massive milestone, Sydney is pulling out all the stops. We’re getting a massive inflatable art installation, the one and only Cher is coming to town and…

For one weekend only parts of Sydney will be ditching the controversial lockout laws!

For those who may be unaware, the lockout laws were introduced by former premier Mike Baird in a bid to make our streets safer. They see establishments unable to let people enter a bar or club after the 1:30-2am cut off and they have received a great deal of criticism since being brought into play.

But for what is surely going to be one of the biggest parties of the year, we’re being promised that at least on Oxford Street, we’ll be allowed to enter clubs on the strip at whatever time they like!

The lockout-free evening was requested by Christine Forster, a Liberal City of Sydney councillor.

She tweeted NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian saying, it would “be a particularly poignant gesture of reconciliation given the historic passing of Australia’s same-sex marriage legislation on 7 December 2017.”

And well, the NSW government has agreed to ditching the restrictions on March 3! However, the last drinks and shot cut-offs will apparently remain in place.

Get ready to party until the sun comes up Sydney!

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