PHOTOS: MARDI GRAS TAKES OVER SYDNEY STREETS


An estimated 300,000 revellers lined Sydney’s Oxford Street to celebrate this year’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Scroll down to see some photos and video highlights from the parade!

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This year’s parade was an emotional one for the 78ers, the protesters who marched down Oxford Street in the first Mardi Gras in 1978.

This year, the 78ers finally received apologies from the state government and the New South Wales Police for the violence they suffered almost 38 years ago.

Aussie drag star Courtney Act was Mardi Gras’ fabulous global ambassador.

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!!!

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull became the first Prime Minister to attend Mardi Gras, mingling with the crowd and taking selfies.

And Labor Leader Bill Shorten became the first major party leader to ride on a parade float.

Some other politicians were also (sort of) in attendance…

The NRL became Australia’s first football code to have a float in the parade.

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In all, more than 170 parade floats stretched along Oxford Street, flanked by 12,000 people with rainbow flags, signs and an estimated 230kg of glitter.