Brisbane Peacocks shake tail feathers at Mardi Gras Parade 2021

Brisbane Peacocks Mardi Gras Parade 2021
Image: Brad Harker

The Brisbane Peacocks proudly represented Queensland at last nights Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2021. The Peacocks joined more than 5,000 people who marched in the parade on behalf of over 100 community groups.

This year marked the first time the parade did not take place on Oxford St in the event’s 43-year history. Because of the pandemic, organisers moved the event to the Sydney Cricket Ground.

However, earlier on Saturday, Pride in Protest did march along Oxford St following the granting of a Public Health Exemption. Hundreds of people joined Pride in Protest to walk the traditional parade route.

Many attended the march to show their solidarity with Indigenous and refugee rights and for trans people and sex workers. A banner at the head of the parade declared “No pride in police. Stand in solidarity with overpoliced communities.”

Brisbane Peacocks at Mardi Gras Parade 2021

briabane peacocks mardi gras parade 2021
Image: Riley-McFarlane Photography.
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Pope David Aspley led the Peacocks’ cavalcade of angels and characters from major world religions onto the parade route. Brad Harker from the Peacocks told QNews that the group wanted to send a positive message of outreach to world religions along with a touch of cheeky irreverence.

Brisbane Peacocks
Pope David. Image: Brad Harker

Following the parade, Brad described the crowd as going ‘ballistic’ at the Peacock’s presentation.

“Tears flooded my eyes when I saw the stadium people through the tunnel! They embraced us with full hearts. They made us feel like living Rock Stars! Thank you, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.”

Check our QNews Magazine #509 on the streets and online this Friday for more pics of the Brisbane Peacocks at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2021.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at

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  1. Calum
    8 March 2021

    Of all the floats that entered the SCG, this is one I can’t remember. I’m also surprised that Brad thought the crowd was cheering for him. I’m pretty sure we were cheering for everyone. Why the focus on this one entry when there were dozens who were far more entertaining and stand-out, including religious ones? Is QNews up for bribery?

  2. 8 March 2021

    QNews is Brisbane based and the Peacocks were a Brisbane float with a cheerful positive story to tell.

    • Calum
      8 March 2021

      As opposed to all the other floats whose message was misery and negativity.

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