The annual flamboyant, colourful and festive celebrations of the Sydney Mardi Gras celebrated its 35th year last March 2, since its conception in 1978. From then on, it has become one of Sydney’s most vibrant festivals which cater not just to the GLBTI community but to the general public as well.
All year round, colourful costumes and unconventional tiaras and headdresses are seen. Participants dance with a repertoire of loud, festive music. Others chanted thematic mantra of equality and love.
The parade this year is no different to the previous years in terms of colourful costumes and flashy floats that paraded down Oxford Street in Sydney. However, this year, notable was the large group of participants from the Australian Airforce, Army and Navy. The organisation even included a police musical band on a float. Another prominent group this year is the delegation from the Macquarie Grammar School, which compose of young student voicing equality and respect in the schools. Consequently, various groups and organisations that annually participate were also present. ACON, SES, RailCorp and the Fire Brigade are amongst them. Multicultural organisations paraded as well. Prominent were delegations from Thailand, and the Philippines.
This year’s celebrations were marked with themes on gay marriage, equality and respect. Australia has not totally recognised gay marriage, however, laws on same-sex relationship, equality and discrimination exists.