January 16, 2021

Breaking News Today

Latest news, breaking news, today's news stories

Mardi Gras 2020: Thousands Turn Out For Sydney Parade

5 min read
<div data-aria-label="Video" data-provider="vidible" data-published="2020-03-04T13:00:42+00:00" data-videovertical="" data-placeholder="//img.vidible.tv/prod/2020-02/18/5e4672167a51ca46817473c8/5e4bab0db439bf515cdf20d5_o_U_v1.png?w=1600&h=900&q=60"></div><div><p>Inclusion, equality and amplifying the voices of the marginalised underpinned the <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/sydney-gay-lesbian-mardi-gras-2020-program-lineup_au_5dc4d855e4b00927b2307aa3" data-rapid-elm="context_link" data-rapid-sec='{"entry-text":"entry-text"}'>42nd Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 Parade</a> on Saturday February 29.</p><p>There were <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/best-floats-sydney-mardi-gras-2020_au_5e5483b5c5b66729cf60e8e6?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage" data-rapid-elm="context_link" data-rapid-sec='{"entry-text":"entry-text"}'>200 groups and floats </a>that made a splash in glitter and latex down Oxford Street, with over 12,000 participants taking part in the parade. Meanwhile there were around <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-29/sydney-gay-and-lesbian-mardi-gras-thousands-party-at-parade/12012588" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">200,000 spectators</a> also present to join the celebrations and cheer on the procession. </p></div><!-- start relEntries --><div><h3>Related...</h3><ul><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/mardi-gras-2020-after-party-sam-smith_au_5e5aed8dc5b6beedb4ec3e01?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Sam Smith Makes Good On Mardi Gras Promise, Wows At After Party"> Sam Smith Makes Good On Mardi Gras Promise, Wows At After Party </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/mardi-gras-2020-parade-sam-smith_au_5e5a46bec5b6beedb4eba7b8?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Mardi Gras 2020: Sam Smith Surprises Fans With Kind Gesture"> Mardi Gras 2020: Sam Smith Surprises Fans With Kind Gesture </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/mardi-gras-2020-parade-brooke-blurton_au_5e5a1449c5b6450a30bed4bb?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Mardi Gras 2020: Indigenous TV Star Brooke Blurton Walks In Parade"> Mardi Gras 2020: Indigenous TV Star Brooke Blurton Walks In Parade </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/narelda-jacobs-coming-out-mardi-gras_au_5e58af03c5b6beedb4e92853?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="How Mardi Gras Host Narelda Jacobs 'Lived In Fear' Before Coming Out"> How Mardi Gras Host Narelda Jacobs 'Lived In Fear' Before Coming Out </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/alyssa-edwards-w-hotels-mardi-gras-float_au_5e534668c5b629695f5c7bb3?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Alyssa Edwards Just Revealed The Most Heartwarming Thing About The Aussie LGBTQ Community"> Alyssa Edwards Just Revealed The Most Heartwarming Thing About The Aussie LGBTQ Community </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/where-to-watch-mardi-gras-parade_au_5e586e9dc5b60102210e7b4d?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Mardi Gras 2020: Best Places To Watch The Parade"> Mardi Gras 2020: Best Places To Watch The Parade </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/best-floats-sydney-mardi-gras-2020_au_5e5483b5c5b66729cf60e8e6?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="The Best Mardi Gras Floats To Look Out For In 2020"> The Best Mardi Gras Floats To Look Out For In 2020 </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/proud-out-loud-jamarz-on-marz_au_5e422bbec5b6f1f57f176292?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="How JamarzOnMarz Is Normalising Queer Culture Through Rap"> How JamarzOnMarz Is Normalising Queer Culture Through Rap </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/proud-out-loud-nana-miss-koori-graham-simms_au_5e42244dc5b6f1f57f1758cb?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="From The Back Of A Ute To The World Stage: The Story Of Indigenous Drag Superstar Nana Miss Koori"> From The Back Of A Ute To The World Stage: The Story Of Indigenous Drag Superstar Nana Miss Koori </a></li></ul></div><!-- end relEntries --><div><p>In 2020 the theme was “What Matters”, with the First Nations float leading the parade.</p></div><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e5a361d230000c00bdddc53.jpeg?cache=JWduqut5QM&ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="People participate in a motorcycle rally during the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney on February 29, 2020. " data-caption="People participate in a motorcycle rally during the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney on February 29, 2020. " data-credit="SAEED KHAN via Getty Images" data-credit-link-back=""><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e5a3601260000e911b5ff78.jpeg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="Participants prepare before in Hyde Park ahead of the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. " data-caption="Participants prepare before in Hyde Park ahead of the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. " data-credit="James D. Morgan via Getty Images" data-credit-link-back=""><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e5a35fb260000e111b5ff76.jpeg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="Parade goers kiss during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. " data-caption="Parade goers kiss during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. " data-credit="Lisa Maree Williams via Getty Images" data-credit-link-back=""><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e5a35fb260000e911b5ff77.jpeg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="Participants prepare before in Hyde Park ahead of the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. " data-caption="Participants prepare before in Hyde Park ahead of the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. " data-credit="James D. Morgan via Getty Images" data-credit-link-back=""><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e5a35fc230000290d0bf60d.jpeg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="Parade goers gather in Hyde Park during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia." data-caption="Parade goers gather in Hyde Park during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia." data-credit="Lisa Maree Williams via Getty Images" data-credit-link-back=""><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e5a3604260000e911b5ff79.jpeg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="Participants prepare before in Hyde Park ahead of the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. " data-caption="Participants prepare before in Hyde Park ahead of the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. " data-credit="James D. Morgan via Getty Images" data-credit-link-back=""><div><p>Other organisations that hosted floats on the night included RU OK? W Hotels, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Bushfire Heroes, Regional Australia and more. </p><p>For the first time, SBS broadcast the parade live with presenters <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/narelda-jacobs-coming-out-mardi-gras_au_5e58af03c5b6beedb4e92853?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-rapid-elm="context_link" data-rapid-sec='{"entry-text":"entry-text"}'>Narelda Jacobs</a>, Joel Creasey, Courtney Act and Zoë Coombs Marr.</p><p>Politicians Penny Wong, Anthony Albanese and Kristina Keneally also attended, as did trans activist Georgie Stone and Indigenous TV star <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/mardi-gras-2020-parade-brooke-blurton_au_5e5a1449c5b6450a30bed4bb?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage">Brooke Blurton. </a></p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In City of Sydney, everybody is welcome! 🌈 <a href="https://t.co/gXAQxV4qiO" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/gXAQxV4qiO</a></p>— Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (@sydneymardigras) <a href="https://twitter.com/sydneymardigras/status/1233680095597875202?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and we’re so excited to see our First Nations mob showing how deadly they are!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SydneyMardiGras?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#SydneyMardiGras</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FirstNations?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#FirstNations</a><a href="https://t.co/frvrJ2UpyM" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/frvrJ2UpyM</a></p>— First Nations Rainbow (@FNRainbow) <a href="https://twitter.com/FNRainbow/status/1233672512770199554?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Smoking Ceremony in the Parade start area. The First Nations float will lead the Parade tonight.<br><br>We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, who are the traditional owners of the land on which our celebrations are held on. Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land. <a href="https://t.co/b7PurheVAZ" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/b7PurheVAZ</a></p>— Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (@sydneymardigras) <a href="https://twitter.com/sydneymardigras/status/1233654939248812032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Haka for Life in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MardiGras2020?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#MardiGras2020</a> starting area. Traditional Maori dance to powerfully welcome and connect people ahead of the Parade tonight. <a href="https://t.co/bluNCXxB2U" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/bluNCXxB2U</a></p>— Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (@sydneymardigras) <a href="https://twitter.com/sydneymardigras/status/1233654201294540800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here with <a href="https://twitter.com/SenraAria?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@SenraAria</a> and the cutest <a href="https://twitter.com/GuideDogsNSWACT?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@GuideDogsNSWACT</a> float!! The Goodest Boy 🐶🐶<br>It's gonna be such a fun night!<br>❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 <a href="https://t.co/w3XFNYUwCx" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/w3XFNYUwCx</a></p>— Alycesca 🍃 (@alycesca_) <a href="https://twitter.com/alycesca_/status/1233653702717669376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We're so excited, and we just can't hide it! 🥳<br><br>If you're looking out for us, make sure you keep a keen eye on your TV or streaming device.<br><br>Let's celebrate! 🌈💜🌈<br><a href="https://twitter.com/sydneymardigras?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@sydneymardigras</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MardiGras2020?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#MardiGras2020</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CSIROPride?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#CSIROPride</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamCSIRO?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#TeamCSIRO</a><a href="https://t.co/NFCdb4tnnM" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/NFCdb4tnnM</a></p>— CSIRO (@CSIRO) <a href="https://twitter.com/CSIRO/status/1233680564416385025?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wishing all our members participating in this year's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sydneymardigras?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#sydneymardigras</a> a fantastic night. We hope you and everyone involved have a wonderful time. The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NSWRFS?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#NSWRFS</a> is proud to be an inclusive and respectful community organisation. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MardiGras2020?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#MardiGras2020</a><a href="https://t.co/da6umTGg7a" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/da6umTGg7a</a></p>— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) <a href="https://twitter.com/NSWRFS/status/1233668385319211009?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Celebrating love and diversity at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MardiGras2020?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#MardiGras2020</a> 🏳️‍🌈🌈 <a href="https://t.co/AbTmoGp1bE" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/AbTmoGp1bE</a></p>— NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) <a href="https://twitter.com/nswpolice/status/1233677272592240642?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>International celebrities <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/sam-smith-perform-sydneys-gay-and-lesbian-mardi-gras_au_5e277098c5b62c612e13c43d" data-rapid-elm="context_link" data-rapid-sec='{"entry-text":"entry-text"}'>Sam Smith</a>, <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/dua-lipa-headline-sydney-mardi-gras-party-2020_au_5dc4f7b0e4b00927b2309674" data-rapid-elm="context_link" data-rapid-sec='{"entry-text":"entry-text"}'>Dua Lipa</a> and <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/kesha-sydney-gay-and-lesbian-mardi-gras-party-line-up_au_5de847d3e4b00149f73b0659" data-rapid-elm="context_link" data-rapid-sec='{"entry-text":"entry-text"}'>Kesha</a> were also part of the celebrations.</p><p><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/mardi-gras-2020-parade-sam-smith_au_5e5a46bec5b6beedb4eba7b8?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage">Sam Smith surprised members </a>of LGBTQ organisation, <a href="https://twitter.com/Twenty10" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-rapid-elm="context_link" data-rapid-sec='{"entry-text":"entry-text"}'>Twenty10</a> when they joined their float that made its way down Oxford Street. </p><p>Wearing a bold green patterned jacket over a laced top, Sam danced along while waving to spectators and posing for photographs. </p></div><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e5a4e1f260000e911b5ff85.jpeg?cache=cdnoDo9WwY&ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="Sam Smith celebrates during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. " data-caption="Sam Smith celebrates during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. " data-credit="Brendon Thorne via Getty Images" data-credit-link-back=""><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e5a4f68230000c00bdddc5c.jpeg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="Dua Lipa poses for a photo during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia." data-caption="Dua Lipa poses for a photo during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia." data-credit="Brendon Thorne via Getty Images" data-credit-link-back=""><div><p><a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/protesters-target-liberal-party-float-at-sydney-gay-and-lesbian-mardi-gras" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Three people were removed </a>from the parade after it was believed they joined the procession without authorised registration.</p><p>“Earlier tonight, three people were removed from the Mardi Gras parade, following unauthorised entry,” stated NSW Police. </p><p>“NSW Police are disappointed with their actions, which did not comply with the conditions of the event or the spirit of the celebrations.”</p><p>The protesters, part of a queer activist grouped called the Department of Homo Affairs, appeared to be making a political statement towards Prime Minister Scott Morrison. </p><p>They carried signs condemning the Liberal Party and wore masks with the PM’s face. </p><p>This was the 42nd Mardi Gras parade since the protest march in 1978. </p><p>When protestors from the LGBTQI community gathered in Darlinghurst in inner-city Sydney for international gay celebrations in 1978, the <a href="https://www.mardigras.org.au/history" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">night ended in police brutality</a> and arrests.</p><p>It became a major civil rights milestone as people took to the streets in the months that followed to protest the arrests.</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MardiGras2020?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#MardiGras2020</a><a href="https://twitter.com/sydneymardigras?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@sydneymardigras</a><a href="https://t.co/kuHD4REVmq" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/kuHD4REVmq</a></p>— Georgie Stone OAM (@georgiestone16) <a href="https://twitter.com/georgiestone16/status/1233678242659221504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Happy <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mardigras2020?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#mardigras2020</a>! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 <a href="https://t.co/p7IRMqBIx5" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/p7IRMqBIx5</a></p>— Kristina Keneally (@KKeneally) <a href="https://twitter.com/KKeneally/status/1233686249325527040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ready for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MardiGras?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#MardiGras</a>! <a href="https://t.co/YyNwdSnSOm" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/YyNwdSnSOm</a></p>— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlboMP/status/1233669471916548096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>By April 1979 laws covering the arrests had been repealed, allowing for a peaceful Mardi Gras march that year. It would be five more years, however, before homosexuality was decriminalised in New South Wales.  </p><p>The struggles of nearly half-century ago remain relevant today, reflected in issues such as the <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/08/15/marriage-equality-postal-plebiscite-what-you-need-to-know_a_23077619/">Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey</a>, and the<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/nov/20/scott-morrison-at-least-as-many-want-religious-freedom-as-marriage-equality" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Religious Discrimination Bill. </a>But LGBTQI Aussies are being heard. Darlinghurst is now a safe space. It’s where Australians gathered in 2017 to celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia, and it’s the place where the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras takes place. </p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We’re so proud that this year for the first time, we have an official float in the annual Mardi Gras Parade, honouring the 35th anniversary of 17 South, the first HIV ward in Australia. Happy Mardi Gras everyone! Stay safe and look out for each other. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🏳️‍🌈 <a href="https://t.co/ps6rp8tQZF" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/ps6rp8tQZF</a></p>— St Vincent's Sydney (@SVHSydney) <a href="https://twitter.com/SVHSydney/status/1233642536800944128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here are People with Disability Australia marching with pride! 🌈 <a href="https://t.co/bBVGMofxjm" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/bBVGMofxjm</a></p>— Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (@sydneymardigras) <a href="https://twitter.com/sydneymardigras/status/1233676854659149824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lots of love at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mardigras?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#mardigras</a><a href="https://t.co/TlEoJJS6eX" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/TlEoJJS6eX</a></p>— Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) <a href="https://twitter.com/MehreenFaruqi/status/1233663033454411777?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The parade marshalling area is always one of the best bits of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MardiGras2020?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#MardiGras2020</a>! Thank you to our wonderful <a href="https://twitter.com/NSWRFS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@NSWRFS</a> 🌈 <a href="https://t.co/H8x6EXKvrp" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/H8x6EXKvrp</a></p>— Clover Moore (@CloverMoore) <a href="https://twitter.com/CloverMoore/status/1233664199479283714?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We’re here at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MardiGras?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#MardiGras</a> soaking up the rainbows and excitement, and getting ready for the parade! How awesome do our students and staff look?!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/usyd?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#usyd</a><a href="https://twitter.com/sydneymardigras?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@sydneymardigras</a><a href="https://t.co/bo9Dp3oRYV" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/bo9Dp3oRYV</a></p>— University of Sydney (@Sydney_Uni) <a href="https://twitter.com/Sydney_Uni/status/1233662797721899008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p><em><strong>All of HuffPost Australia’s 2020 Mardi Gras coverage can be found <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/pride-2020-proud-out-loud-australi_au_5cf6f3dce4b01713bed37171" data-rapid-elm="context_link" data-rapid-sec='{"entry-text":"entry-text"}'>here</a>. </strong></em></p><p>- With additional reporting by Carly Williams. </p></div><section><h5></h5><div></div></section>

Inclusion, equality and amplifying the voices of the marginalised underpinned the 42nd Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 Parade on Saturday February 29.

There were 200 groups and floats that made a splash in glitter and latex down Oxford Street, with over 12,000 participants taking part in the parade. Meanwhile there were around 200,000 spectators also present to join the celebrations and cheer on the procession. 

In 2020 the theme was “What Matters”, with the First Nations float leading the parade.

People participate in a motorcycle rally during the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney on February 29, 2020. Participants prepare before in Hyde Park ahead of the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Parade goers kiss during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Participants prepare before in Hyde Park ahead of the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Parade goers gather in Hyde Park during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.Participants prepare before in Hyde Park ahead of the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. 

Other organisations that hosted floats on the night included RU OK? W Hotels, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Bushfire Heroes, Regional Australia and more. 

For the first time, SBS broadcast the parade live with presenters Narelda Jacobs, Joel Creasey, Courtney Act and Zoë Coombs Marr.

Politicians Penny Wong, Anthony Albanese and Kristina Keneally also attended, as did trans activist Georgie Stone and Indigenous TV star Brooke Blurton. 

International celebrities Sam SmithDua Lipa and Kesha were also part of the celebrations.

Sam Smith surprised members of LGBTQ organisation, Twenty10 when they joined their float that made its way down Oxford Street. 

Wearing a bold green patterned jacket over a laced top, Sam danced along while waving to spectators and posing for photographs. 

Sam Smith celebrates during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Dua Lipa poses for a photo during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

Three people were removed from the parade after it was believed they joined the procession without authorised registration.

“Earlier tonight, three people were removed from the Mardi Gras parade, following unauthorised entry,” stated NSW Police. 

“NSW Police are disappointed with their actions, which did not comply with the conditions of the event or the spirit of the celebrations.”

The protesters, part of a queer activist grouped called the Department of Homo Affairs, appeared to be making a political statement towards Prime Minister Scott Morrison. 

They carried signs condemning the Liberal Party and wore masks with the PM’s face. 

This was the 42nd Mardi Gras parade since the protest march in 1978. 

When protestors from the LGBTQI community gathered in Darlinghurst in inner-city Sydney for international gay celebrations in 1978, the night ended in police brutality and arrests.

It became a major civil rights milestone as people took to the streets in the months that followed to protest the arrests.

By April 1979 laws covering the arrests had been repealed, allowing for a peaceful Mardi Gras march that year. It would be five more years, however, before homosexuality was decriminalised in New South Wales.  

The struggles of nearly half-century ago remain relevant today, reflected in issues such as the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, and the Religious Discrimination Bill. But LGBTQI Aussies are being heard. Darlinghurst is now a safe space. It’s where Australians gathered in 2017 to celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia, and it’s the place where the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras takes place. 

All of HuffPost Australia’s 2020 Mardi Gras coverage can be found here

- With additional reporting by Carly Williams. 

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/mardi-gras-2020-parade-sydney_au_5e5a30f0c5b6450a30beed2f

Copyright © All rights reserved. | BREAKING NEWS TODAY
Shares
Share This