The Brisbane Tritons LGBTI water polo team were proud to march in their very first Sydney Mardi Gras Parade on the weekend.
And on the parade route they made a friend: “Xena: Warrior Princess” actress and gay icon Lucy Lawless.
In two selfies Lucy posted to her Instagram on Saturday night, the actress posed with a few of the speedo-clad, glitter-covered Tritons who were marching and dancing down Oxford Street in the parade.
“It’s been such a massive year with so many highlights for the Brisbane Tritons and travelling to Mardi Gras is another one,” Brisbane Tritons president Jeremy Archer said.
“For me it was great to see the team get into the Mardi Gras spirit and help spread the message of equality and really demonstrate that sport is for everyone. Thanks to Doughnut Time for also helping us spread that message.”
The Tritons were among the 12,000 participants who took part in the 39th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday night, and organisers estimated 250,000 spectators lined the streets to cheer them on.
Mardi Gras CEO Teresa Casu said on Sunday: “The efforts of everyone involved in this year’s Parade helped in creating a sparkling spectacle of self-expression.
“The passion and enthusiasm of the Parade participants and spectators made for a truly show stopping experience.
“While we celebrated our wonderfully colourful community, we also had a number of floats dedicated to important issues.
“Marriage equality, refugees, mental health and the recognition of transgender rights were all represented widely in this year’s Parade.
“We were thrilled to have the First Nations people, who worked together with the original 1978 Mardi Gras marchers to begin the Parade.”
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