The Most Spectacular Photos From the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
On Saturday night, thousands flocked to Sydney's Oxford St to take part in the 29th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Despite a stormy forecast, the skies cleared just in time for the rainbow-clad revellers to march in the parade. This year, around 200 floats took part with the theme: "creating equality".
Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten marched, as did his deputy Tanya Plibersek and Greens leader Richard Di Natale, but Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was notably absent.
Highlights of the night included the Tiwi Island Sistagirls, a group of Aboriginal transgender women who were able to march after a successful crowd-funding campaign, the original parade pioneers, the 78ers and a tribute float to the late George Michael.
Police presence was increased this year with more than 1,000 officers in the area. Police told the ABC that the majority of celebrators were well-behaved, with a "few exceptions".
Scroll for all the flamboyant fun from the night.