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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Harbour City Bears

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is one of Australia’s most iconic events, attracting upwards of 250,000 gay travelers Down Under each and every year.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
“Love freedom and nature”

Over the last two weeks, Australia’s LGBTQ+ and Indigenous communities took over Sydney with boatloads of parties, art exhibitions, film screenings, and cultural performances, culminating in a parade last Saturday.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Please read me a bedtime story!

The Parade, a colorful and dazzling procession of pure self-expression, features a wide range of floats, costumes, and participants from local LGBTQ+ organizations.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Celebrating Sydney’s LGBTQ+ Filipino diaspora

Beyond this yearly celebration, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has played a significant role in advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and raising awareness about issues affecting the community.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Qantas’ tribute to flight attendant Luke Davies.

This year’s festivities were not free from controversy. As reported on our sister site LGBTQ Nation, leadership at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras decided to exclude NSW Police from Saturday’s parade.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
For Nex

“Having the NSW Police march this year could add to the distress within our communities, already deeply affected by recent events.” Parade officials added, “This decision was not made lightly.”

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Rev that engine!

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade all started in 1978, gay celebrations were going on around the world for International Gay Solidarity Day and a small group of protesters took to the streets of Darlinghurst, Sydney to contribute and show their pride.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Oz Queer Hags

The protesters were met with police violence and arrests that only reinforced the need, and made them determined to celebrate gay Mardi Gras again next year.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Local politicians NSW Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore

The following months saw more protests and arrests which led to the Parliament of New South Wales repealing the law that police were using to justify arrests.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Lets party!

This made the first Mardi Gras march a major civil rights milestone for the community, and the following year around three thousand people marched incident-free. 

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Burly Bombshells

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has grown ever since, with hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ community members from Australia and around the globe coming back to celebrate year after year.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
I just want to be me
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Jennifer Coolidge float
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Mr Australia Bear? You bear-ter beleive it!
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Those fingernails!
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Where do I sign up to swim?
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
One of many floats celebrating the diversity of Australia’s LGBTQ+ community
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
The other blue angels
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Yukata take me out!
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
The future is fluid
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
My heart is all aflutter!
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Bisexual awareness
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
Not even the rain can dampen his spirits
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2024
A very regal queen

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