Sydney's controversial lockout laws will be relaxed for the city's Mardi Gras 40th anniversary celebrations next month.
In a rare slice reasoned judgement from the New South Wales government, the precinct surrounding the Oxford St party epicentre in Darlinghurst will be allowed to disregard the usual 1.30-2am lockout at venues in the early hours March 4, but the usual 3-3.30am last drinks cut f will still apply.
"Relaxing the lockout laws will help manage crowds and give people more time to make their way to nearby LGBTI-focused venues and events when the parade finishes," the government stated in a release.
The Black Madonna and Cher play the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 40th anniversary, which runs from February 16 to March 4.
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