Mardi Gras marchers and crowd undeterred by wet weather
10,000 marchers and a record-breaking144 floats marched up Oxford Street cheered on by hundreds of thousands of onlookers as the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade took place in Sydney last night.
For the fourth year in a row, the rain came down, but marchers and spectators were undeterred as they lined the route en force to celebrate freedom and equality for the nation's LGBTI people.
As usual the Dykes on Bikes kicked off the parade and sentimental favourites the 78ers earned a special cheer from the crowd.
Gay marriage and AIDS awareness were dominant themes in this year’s floats as was President Vladimir Putin whose anti-gay laws have drawn the ire of the gay community and human rights organisations around the globe.
Several politicians took to the streets to march in solidarity including out Federal Labor politician Penny Wong, shadow deputy leader Tanya Plibersek and longtime LGBTI rights supporter, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young.