Sydney Mardi Gras Parade 2016


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Mardi Gras Parade.

It was a perfect last night for Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade – warm weather combined with flash, trash, glamour, politics, diversity, acceptance and love. It was a far cry from the original march in 1978 when a small group of gays, lesbians and their supporters first walked in solidarity down Oxford street while chanting anthems of liberation. That night ended in the strong arm of the force arresting, charging and manhandling many of the provocateurs. Little did they know then that this would be the start of what we now know and celebrate as the Sydney Mardi Gras. It’s big; its bold; its a huge tourist attraction. All round it’s just a great night.

If you’d like to know more about the history just check out the Mardi Gras site here.

I haven’t heard the news about what the estimated crowd numbers were last night but it seemed big to me. It was again difficult to get a good vantage point – one where there was adequate light to even fire the camera shutter. I had to shoot in full manual mode on my Canon and use my widest aperture lens (50mm f1.2L) and even then it was terribly difficult. I took close to 1000 pictures; culled them to 370, and then culled them again to this set of 80 odd. It’s been a popular post in the past so I figured I may as well share this whole set for those that missed it or just wanted to re-live the parade.

Happy Mardi Gras everyone! Looking forward to March 4th, 2017 to see what the LGBTQI community come up with next.

Below are a few of the evening’s highlights followed by the full gallery of 83 images.

Canon 5DM3 | EF 50mm f1.2L; EF 85mm f1.8; EF 24-70 f2.8L | Handheld | Manual mode | Post: Lightroom 5

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And here’s the full Gallery; just click on an image to open up the viewer and have a browse.



6 Comments Add yours

  1. DitchTheBun says:

    Great photos! Looks like an amazing night!!


    1. Distan Bach says:

      Oh thanks heaps. I always enjoy it, especially since I wasn’t in Sydney last year and missed it.

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  2. Mike says:

    What a fantastically colourful night. Great pictures, Distan. It’s about time I travelled in to see it for myself.


    1. Distan Bach says:

      Oh yes, you should! It’s a lot of fun and visually overwhelming the first time but you can’t help but go with it. It’s really nice to see everyone just smiling and celebrating the evening; especially given the history of struggle and homophobia.


  3. V-Light says:

    Hey Distan 😀 Very colorful night and photos! 🙂 Seems like a lot of fun but also seems a bit too organized? too tidy? I only know Mardi Gras parades from movies with all the crazy drunk people! 😛 Hehe!


    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks Alex. Yep, it’s pretty organised and tidy. In fact it’s fine for the whole family (if you don’t mind that sort of thing, I guess). No drunken idiots, or nitwits to spoil anyone’s fun. I’ve haven’t ever felt unsafe going to Mardi Gras (well, not for many years). It’s really just so great to see so many people happy, smiling, and embracing diversity. I suppose it’s been going for so long now that people who don’t like it just choose to ignore it. Despite it beginning as a protest march for gay solidarity and human rights, these days it’s more about fun and celebration.

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