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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras | SBS Pride
It is one of the largest such festivals in the world ,  and the largest Pride event in Oceania. The event grew from gay rights parades held annually since , when numerous participants had been arrested by New South Wales Police. After the parade was dispersing in Kings Cross, 53 of the participants were arrested. The police response to a legal, local minority protest transformed it into a nationally significant event which stimulated gay rights and law reform campaigns. The second Mardi Gras Parade occurred in despite opposition by gay media, businesses and groups. The parade, in recognition of the Stonewall Riots and commemorating the riot of the previous year, was attended by 3, people.
Sydney celebrates 43rd Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
The year-old appeared to be channeling his inner disco diva as he donned a glittering gold sequin frock at rehearsals for the performance. The singer looked absolutely stunning in the metallic dress, which he wore open to reveal his smooth chest. With a hooped, belted portion at the waist, the throwback frock brought to mind the height of s fashion. A pair of towering, knee-high gold boots tied with white laces added to the frisky, vintage feel of the ensemble.
Options range from grandstand-style seating with celebrity hosts to an outdoor club in Taylor Square with raised viewing platforms, cocktail bars and DJs. Hotels near the parade route are also heavily booked. Wear comfortable shoes and grab a viewing spot well before the parade starts. More than 10, people take part the parade — in support of equality, pride and self-expression — bringing the city to a standstill. The procession of colour includes dancing boys, the famous Dykes on Bikes, big and little costumes featuring glitter and leather and big-name acts that in the past have included Cyndi Lauper, George Michael and Kylie Minogue.