Sydney sparkles and love rules at Mardi Gras

Glitter is still being swept from Sydney’s CBD, following Saturday night’s 39th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

More than 12,000 people took part in the the world’s biggest celebration of the LGBTQI community, with around 250,000 watching on.

The 1.1km parade of vehicles, walkers and riders took four hours to move through the city in what event CEO Terese Casu described as a “show stopping experience”.


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“The efforts of everyone involved in this year’s Parade helped in creating a sparkling spectacle of self-expression,” Ms Casu said.

Image: Supplied Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Image: Supplied Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

“While we celebrated our wonderfully colourful community, we also had a number of floats dedicated to important issues,” she explained.

“Marriage equality, refugees, mental health and the recognition of transgender rights were all represented widely in this year’s Parade, and we were thrilled to have the First Nations people, who worked together with the original 1978 Mardi Gras marchers to begin the Parade.”

Image: Supplied Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Image: Supplied Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

One of the main Mardi Gras floats featured eight 2.4 metre high 3-D equality letters on wheels that spanned over 20 metres.

“This initiative was born as a response to last year’s attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and it was a wonderful sight to see so many of our community members come together for this moment on Parade night.”

The parade is the culmination of two weeks of events across the city to celebrate the LGBTQI community.

Image: Supplied Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Image: Supplied Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras