Non-Mardi Gras members have until February 12 to sign up and get free entry into the post-parade party, Carnival.

Up to 15,000 people will be able to celebrate the end of this year’s Parade as the Carnival takes over the Show Ring, Forum and Dome.

There are a number of ways that community members can get access to the Carnival for free:

1. By participating in the Parade;

2. By becoming a New Mardi Gras volunteer;

3. By becoming a New Mardi Gras member before February 1.

To gain free entry New Mardi Gras members must confirm that they will attend by completing a RSVP form at www.mardigras.org.au/rsvp before midnight on February 12.

Tickets to the Carnival will be on sale from 9am this Thursday via Moshtix and priced at $50 plus booking fee. Up until February 12 only NMG members are able to buy these tickets for their family and friends. They will be available to the wider public from February 13.

The Show Ring will provide a unique space from 10pm until 2am for those involved in the Parade, their friends and visitors to keep the Parade buzz going, whilst enjoying access to food, entertainment and amenities.

For those who want to party till 6am they will be able to choose from a night of happy house in the Forum, with DJs Francisco Guerra (San Francisco), Shigeki and Beatrix.

Meanwhile, the Dome will be transformed for one night only into Mardi Gras’ home of retro and disco, with DJs Luke Leal, Alan T and Justin Scott.

“With the Parade and Party on separate weekends we’ve had to look at the Parade night afresh,” said NMG CEO Michael Rolik.

“Our objectives were to run an event that would be easily to get to after the Parade, with a low ticket price and the Carnival delivers on both of those.

“It will also give our community a really distinctive experience on Parade night. The Show Ring provides us with a space that will allow Parade participants, volunteers, our members and friends and family to celebrate together for one magical night.

“We hope that the community will really throw itself into the event. There’s an opportunity here to experience something new at an event that really puts the Mardi Gras Parade centre stage. That after all is what it is all about.

“The Parade and Carnival kick off a week of stunning events around Sydney –  Harbour ’10, the Pool Party, Spencer Tunick, John Waters to name but a few – and all culminating in this year’s spectacular Mardi Gras Party.”

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