In 1978 more than 500 people had gathered on Sydney’s Oxford Street to protest against police harassment, anti-homosexual laws and to call an end to discrimination against gays over housing and employment. Today, Sydney’s Mardi Gras, whilst still political, has become an enormous celebration and has grown into one of Australia’s biggest tourist drawcards.
Last night’s soggy and inclement weather couldn’t dampen this years parade which saw more than 9000 people participate in the march. And, once again, we were all treated to floats from various social and religious groups, and contingents from the police, fire-brigade and ambulance service. To the tens of thousands that watched and cheered the procession, it was another wonderful night.
Happy Mardi Gras! (click on an image to see it larger and view it in the gallery)
Canon 7D | EF 24-70L | Handheld | ISO 6400 | f2.8