The Mardi Gras launch will return to the Opera House forecourt this year, according to unconfirmed reports.

While the news is yet to be announced, Sydney Star Observer believes the launch will be held at the iconic venue with an entry fee of between $5 and $10.

Last year New Mardi Gras chair Marcus Bourget said community feedback revealed a strong desire to take the launch back to the Opera House, where it was last held in 2002.

It will be the first time NMG has charged an entry fee to the launch, a step deemed necessary after the event lost money in 2004 and 2005.

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