What began as a commemoration and a demonstration for New York's Stonewall Riots in 1969, the Sydney Mardi Gras which started in 1978 has grown from a protest march to a celebration of gay pride. Over the years it has attracted a growing number of participants who come from all over the world to be a part of the largest "must see, must do" event in the gay calendar. This year Hundreds of thousands of spectators crammed the streets of Sydney for the Australian city's 34th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Crowds lined the city's Oxford Street for the colorful and irreverent parade, which this year aimed to highlight marriage equality. At least 15 of the floats in the parade were themed to voice opposition against Australian laws on same-sex marriage, according to organizers. Popular groups Dykes on Bikes and Boys on Bikes rallied the crowd before the parade's official start. Openly gay Hollywood star Lily Tomlin was among well-known gay advocates who kicked off the party. It was an amazing event and if anyone can come down to Australia it should really be for this memorable and fun experience.
Mardi Gras 2011 Parade Videos