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These are the photos of Sydney Mardi Gras you need to see

These are the photos of Sydney Mardi Gras you need to see

The 41st Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade (Photo: Twitter)

More than 500,000 people gathered for the 41st Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

A whopping 197 floats paraded through the city on Saturday (2 March).

Some 12,500 participants danced through the streets. This year, the march took the theme ’fearless’.

‘People from all around Australia came together on this glittering night to witness a colorful spectacle of protest and celebration’ Mardi Gras chief executive Terese Casu told AFP.

For the first time, Mardi Gras kicked off with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony to recognize the event takes place on Aboriginal land.

LGBTI motorcyclists, including Dykes on Bikes, first toured the route.

A First Nations float kicked off the official pride parade.

78ers

They were followed by the 78ers, who gathered at Taylor Square for LGBTI rights more than 40 years ago.

Members of the armed forces, police, politicans, the mayor of Sydney, and a host of companies joined the march.

Everybody needs good Neighbours

Including the cast of Neighbours. The legendary Australian soap remixed its theme tune specially for the event.

Kylie

Pop princess Kylie Minogue crashed the Sydney Mardi Gras party with a surprise performance. She met with Australia’s drag icon, Courtney Act.

The Golden singer marched along the Oxford Street parade route and performed hit song All the Lovers.