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The 43rd Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on March 6. Photo: David Gray/AFP via Getty Images

Some 36,000 people turned out for the 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade celebrating the LGBTQ community in Australia Saturday, per Nine News.

The big picture: For the first time in its 43-year history, organizers moved the event from Oxford Street to the Sydney Cricket Ground because of the COVID-19 pandemic. New South Wales, of which Sydney is the state capital, has reported no community cases for 50 days.

Parade-goers at the SCG on March 6. Coronavirus precautions were in place at the event, including contact tracing requirements. Photo: Don Arnold/WireImage
Parade participants at the SCG on March 6. The 2021 festival theme, "Rise," is about letting spirits soar after the challenge and hardship that 2020 presented. Photo: Don Arnold/WireImage
Parade-goers at the SCG promoting awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues and themes. Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images
Parade participants at the SCG. The Sydney Mardi Gras parade began in 1978 as a march and commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots of New York. Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images
The festival has also marked the pandemic during the parade on March 6. NSW Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images
British singer Rita Ora performs on stage during the mardi gras parade. Photo: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images
People line Oxford Street following the mardi gras parade on March 6. Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

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