NSW Police have issued a stern warning to the tens of thousands expected to attend the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations tomorrow night that Oxford Street is an Alcohol Free Zone.

With tens of thousands of people expected to cram the Oxford Street precinct for the annual Mardi Gras parade NSW Police will be focusing on alcohol-related offences.

Assistant Commissioner Cath Burn said police will be focusing on alcohol-related offences.

The safety and security of participants and spectators is paramount and anyone detected committing offences will be arrested, Burn said.

We will also have police tasked for the protection of property from damage or defacement.

Our message is that we will be focusing on alcohol-related offences and will be conducting high-visibility and covert operations targeting licensed premises.

We make no apologies. We want to help make this a fun event for all members of the community and are working with the event organisers and key stakeholders to achieve this.

The warning included not bringing glass bottles due to the potential for injuries from broken glass; leaving unnecessary valuables at home; and wearing footwear that fully covers and protects the feet.

Other suggestions included leaving cars at home and taking public transport; being aware that road closures and diversion taking effect from 3pm Saturday,

Museum Railway Station will be closed from 5pm to 11pm Saturday to allow for the forming up of floats in Elizabeth Street.

With large crowds expected at tomorrow night’s festivities, police appealed to spectators to remain behind the barriers at all times.

We will also be targeting drug use and will have officers deployed throughout the Sydney CBD, not just Oxford Street,” Burn said.

Police in uniform and plain clothes will be out in force this year patrolling the CBD and will not tolerate dangerous, criminal or anti-social behaviour.

We have resources from the Public Order Riot Squad, Mounted Police, Dog Squad, Pol Air, Licensing and Highway Patrol in and around the city precinct locations providing a safe and secure environment.”

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