On Saturday night (Mar 5), the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade made the city sparkle.
An estimated 200,000 people looked on as the biggest and longest parade in recent years, made up of 178 floats and 12,500 participants, brought the city to a standstill.
Celebrating 38 years, the Mardi Gras theme of ‘Momentum’ saw thousands of LGBTQI people and their supporters from all over the world come together to joyously celebrate how far the community has come, as well as recognise the journey ahead.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras featured:
• 178 entry floats/groups;
• Close to three hours viewing time;
• 1.4km Parade train of vehicles;
• 300 bikes;
• More than 150 vehicles or pushables;
• More than 11,500 walkers;
• More than 1,000 riders;
• 12,500 total participants.
Guests of the party were treated to an incredible line up of international and home grown music acts including: RnB superstar Deborah Cox, Eurovision song contest winner, Conchita Wurst, RuPaul’s Drag Race Top 3 Finalist, Courtney Act, Dirty Pop, Ben Manson, Rado, YO! MAFIA, Tracy Young, Mark Picchiotti, Buck Naked, Mark Alsop MA15+, Victoria Anthony, Kitty Glitter, Maze and Masters, Colin Gaff, Haylenise, Seismic and Tanner Derrby.
The 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade was proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.
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