Glitter, love, pride and fun — that's what the 38th annual Sydney Mardi Gras was made of. More than 200,000 people — clad in sparkles and colour — turned up to watch 12,500 people participate in the parade that supports the LGBTI community.
This year there were 178 floats, including the GBTQI+ Youth float, NRL Pride in League float, Muslims Against Homophobia float and a float from Facebook who have recently announced their partnership with Australian Marriage Equality.
For the first time, the Australian Prime Minister was in attendance. When asked about the significance of this, Malcolm Turnbull said, "That's for others to judge, but this is an event that Lucy [his wife] and I have attended for many many years. I think it's a wonderful event in the life of Sydney, and I'm delighted to be here."
Reflecting on the night, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Michele Bauer said, "Aside from all the fabulousness there were some very important and touching moments in the Parade. Over the last two weeks the 78ers, the participants in the very first Mardi Gras Parade, received apologies from the NSW Government, Fairfax and the Police for the violent treatment they received on that first night. To watch them come down the Parade route celebrating this historical moment was something the community will cherish." Adding, "While we celebrated the victories, we also had a number of floats dedicated to issues prevalent in society today. Homelessness in the LGBTQI community, refugees, marriage equality and the recognition of transgender rights were all represented widely in this year's parade."
Scroll on to see snaps from the parade and Malcolm Turnbull's tweet from the night.