There's an extra reason to celebrate Mardi Gras this year: the state government has temporarily lifted lockout laws along Oxford Street for the Parade. Businesses on the strip will be able to trade all night long.

The Parade runs from 7pm to 11pm on Saturday March 3. If you're heading down, make sure to choose your side of Oxford Street carefully – once the Parade starts, it's a long walk to cross over.

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