We got some of our favourite photos from the parade at the starting area around Hyde Park, where groups showed us their amazing costumes and makeup! So many gorgeous people, on a bright and sunny Sydney pre-parade afternoon.
Sydney’s BIGGEST Men Only UnderWhere? Party teamed up with Mardi Gras, producing the biggest male-only party ever seen in Sydney.
Sydney Mardi Gras Parade 2013 | 35 years on, it’s time to remember where we have been, look where we are going and take pride in how far we have come.
Oh well, my hosting was crashed the other day, because as they said this site was so fucking slow!
So here it goes, I make it runs more fasterrrrrr! By deleting all the old shits it got (back to the 2007 really)
Well when I said deleting not exactly means they got deleted but just somewhere in the dark which you can not see them for a while.
Mardi Gras marchers donned wigs, harnesses and hotpants – as well as wedding gear – as they campaigned for gay equality in Sydney’s annual parade.
The weather was wet and the clothing miniscule but that did not stop the party along Oxford Street.
Floats of brides and brides and grooms and grooms, dressed both traditionally and extravagantly, strutted their stuff in a statement about equality.
The theme of this year’s event was ‘say something’, with 15 of the 130 floats addressing the issue of same-sex marriage.
Organisers set up speech bubbles along the parade route and called on spectators to speak out against inequity.
The parade was led by eight people who organisers say have made a difference in the lives of gay people.
They included openly gay actress Lily Tomlin, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and two Melbourne teens who protested against the ban on gay couples at a school formal.
New South Wales Labor Minister Verity Firth said thousands of spectators were expected to line the parade route.
“Mardi Gras has been an unmistakable part of Sydney life,” she said.
“We must never forget that the first Mardi Gras in 1978 was about the struggle for equality and this aspect remains absolutely a part of the parade today.”
New Mardi Gras chief executive Michael Rolik says the event does not only benefit the gay community.
“In terms of economic impact it is the second-largest event in the state,” he said.
“At last tally it generates an annual income in terms of economic benefit … of about $30 million for the state of New South Wales.”
Around 1,000 police officers and dozens of paramedics patrolled the parade route and and so far there have been no reports of arrests or major incidents.
The Mardi Gras is the longest running event of its kind in Australia.
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Alright, alright. I was behind the camera ‘too long’ for the past couple of years of M/G.
I wanted to be in front so we decided to do something different this year.
‘Say something’ is the spot light for this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras and luckily enough we were invited to join the “Australian Marriage Equality Now” aka the AMEN Float.
Here are some pics of the rehearsal before the Parade.
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Hundreds of thousands of people have lined the streets of Sydney to cheer on Australia’s largest and most famous gay pride parade.
Nine thousand people have marched in the parade, greeted by a crowd that waited hours to be close to the sights and sounds of the festival.
Those organised enough to get a front-row spot waved rainbow flags, and 73-year-old Jim Davies, who went with his wife Glenda, scored a kiss from drag-queen Lovely Liz.
“That’s the benefit of turning up early,” Jim says.
The couple has a gay grandson and they say they are proud of his sexuality.
They cheered as the raucous parade rolled down Oxford Street from Wentworth Avenue, made a right at Taylor Square and finished at Anzac Parade.
This year’s march consisted of about 9,000 participants and 135 sparkling floats, belting out iconic gay tunes while teams of frocked-up dancers performed their routines in tow.
Many portrayed this year’s theme, History of the World, showcasing gay history and shining a pink light on some colourful historical figures and events.
Osama Bin Laden came out of hiding, while NSW Labor Party zombies also reared their ugly heads.
For the first time, a transsexual – US model and performer Amanda Lepore – led the parade.
A float of 150 dancing George Michaels was organised in an attempt to lure the the former Wham! singer along.
There was much speculation he would make a surprise appearance, after plugging the event at his Sydney concert on Friday night.
Husband-and-husband Marc Van Den Broek and Tim Dekkers channelled the British singer by wearing `Choose Life’ T-shirts.
They wedded nine years ago in their native Holland and say Australia needs to get with the times and recognise same-sex marriage.
“Mardi Gras is important for gay rights, to show who you are what you want to be where you want to live,” Mr Dekkers said.
Now in its 33rd year, the Mardi Gras parade started out as a protest march for gay rights in 1978.
It has grown into a world-famous event, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators and harnessing the support of the state government, the NSW police force and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
Such recognition shows how far the gay and lesbian community has come, says drag queen Glenda Waverly, who attends every year to “promote diversity and equality”.
“It’s great to have the police here because in 1978 everyone was arrested,” she said.
But Vivian Chen, who dressed as Bjork for the occasion, feels it is still tough for her.
“There is so much discrimination still happening…every day and it’s only once a year that no one can say anything,” she said.
As the parade came to an end, organisers said it was too early to estimate crowd numbers, but they believe it was in the hundreds of thousands, boosted by the great weather.
The glitz and glam rolled away from the CBD and people began to peacefully disperse into the night.
Many were disappointed they couldn’t penetrate the throng of onlookers.
Teenagers Chantal Tapp and Katherine Christie were glad they came for the spectacular, which ends with a Mardi Gras party next weekend and is expected to inject $29 million into the local economy.
“It’s important to show support,” Katherine said.
“We want them to know we don’t care they are gay.”
Finally! I got all the photos online by the end of today, it was been a fabulous night with the flows and lights and color and whatever gay fucking awesome spectaculars mardi gras!
This year’s event attracted a large number of spectators with revellers converging into Oxford Street, Sydney, for this year’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.
Spectators lined the footpaths along the parade route, celebrating the colour and spectacle of the parade with lots of families coming into the event as well as visitors from interstate and overseas.
Police officers patrolled the event precinct, on public transport and on the roads, ensuring that the event was safe and secure for both participants and spectators.
“Police, event organisers and key stakeholders, have spent months planning for this year’s parade and I believe that environmental changes to the parade this year contributed to the reduction in incidents,” said Assistant Commissioner Smith.
“Last year we saw far too many young people using Mardi Gras as an excuse to come into the city, get drunk and commit acts of violence or stupidity.
“It was evident again this year that a small minority of young people continued this behaviour, nonetheless, considering the increase in crowd numbers I am pleased that the majority of people came along and enjoyed the parade in the spirit of Mardi Gras,” he said.
Police, throughout the evening, responded to 140 incidents with 35 people arrested. Those arrested were charged with a variety of offences including Stealing, Assault Police, Offensive Behaviour and Possess Drugs.
The Hyde Park precinct which recorded 72 incidents in 2009, recorded fewer incidents this year, due to modifications to the start area that proved successful in moving public order and crowd issues.
Significant incidents that occurred during the evening include the serious assault of a 44-year-old man from Letheridge Park, two separate incidents of young males suffering stab wounds, and a brawl which resulted in a police officer suffering minor injuries after hitting his head on the ground.
“Alcohol and drugs, anti-social behaviour and violence, were evident in tonight’s police operation, and will once again be the focus of planning for next year’s event,” said Assistant Commissioner Smith.
“Whilst it is always disappointing that an evening of celebration ends with arrests and incidents that involve injuries, this year’s operation has recorded fewer arrests and fewer incidents from 2009,” he said.
The NSW Ambulance Service responded to significantly lower incidents of intoxication and drug affected people compared to last year.
The police operation comprised more than 1,000 police including general duties officers and specialist units including the highway patrol, Mounted Police, Public Order and Riot Squad and Polair.
Assistant Commissioner Smith said that all stakeholders contributed to the success of this event include City of Sydney Council, RTA, SRA, Ambulance Service, NSW Fire Brigades, New Mardi Gras and many more.
The NSW Police Force had a contingent of officers who marched in the parade and received a very positive response from the crowd.
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Hair removal – ticked; Exercises – ticked; Camera charged – ticked; Facial – ticked…
A saturday night in with a bit web working and that’s it, I need a good long sleep, since we were play too hard this week…
Big day tomorrow for the Mardi Gras Parade, hope it won’t be too wet or rainy
See you guys around.
It’s the end of January which means, Mardi Gras is not far away
This years Mardi Gras is even bigger, I got the promp clip this morning from the publicists of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.
So, I will see you guys at the specturar Mardi Gras Parade, 27th of Fab
Here we go – First time for me in 2009
It just a fucking big party