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Sydney Mardi Gras 2013

Participant with an extraordinary costume

Participant with an extraordinary costume

Participant to the Sydney Mardi Gras

Participant to the Sydney Mardi Gras

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.

Macquarie Grammar School

Macquarie Grammar School

Australian Army, Navy, Air Force

Australian Army, Navy, Air Force

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.

Filipino participants

Filipino participants

Thai participants

Thai participants

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.



12 thoughts on “Sydney Mardi Gras 2013

  1. I was honoured to take part on the lead float in 2000 as a polar bear 🙂

    Posted by theINFP | March 10, 2013, 3:42 PM
  2. A great celebration of the LGBTI community. I like all the wonderful costumes and dances.

    Posted by Ella Rice | March 10, 2013, 3:58 PM
  3. I normally go to the parade but I am in Mexico at the moment, so I missed it but your photos are so good that it made me feel like I was there – thank you!

    Posted by cristenb | March 11, 2013, 9:35 AM
  4. This looks like so much fun! I’d love to be there, whether in the crowd or in the parade!

    Posted by Megan @ Roamancing | March 12, 2013, 5:05 AM
  5. Reblogged this on jennytraceytravels and commented:
    I was part of the GLADD float, which I will also write about, but this is a good summary of the parade!

    Posted by jenny tracey | March 13, 2013, 12:21 PM
  6. Looks like an awesome parade, I have never seen one like this but your photos and description make me experience it a little bit myself as well.

    Posted by Freya Renders - Holiday Nomad | March 17, 2013, 3:54 AM
  7. its a very photogenic event , is n’t it ?
    did you see my photos when you visited my blog (thanks for visiting by the way !)
    ( http://latitudesandattitudes.net/2013/03/04/walking-on-the-wild-side and http://latitudesandattitudes.net/2013/03/05/more-from-the-mardi-gras-parade ….. if anybody is interested )

    Posted by Mike | March 28, 2013, 10:12 AM

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