mardi gras 2016

An estimated 300,000 revellers lined Sydney’s Oxford Street to celebrate Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2016.

Scroll down to see some photos and video highlights from the Mardi Gras 2016 parade!

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 the fabulous Mardi Gras 2016 global ambassador.


A photo posted by Courtney Act (@courtneyact) on

About to go on for our @sydneymardigras show! The gorgeous @conchitawurst and @marcosquared (who made my costume)! A photo posted by Courtney Act (@courtneyact) on

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.

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

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

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Nerelle Harper

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