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PHOTOS: 2015 Sydney Mardi Gras

PHOTOS: 2015 Sydney Mardi Gras


Known for being one of the best parties on the globe, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras events delivered beauty, glitter, and pride.

Big names in Australian sport were cheered by the crowds as they helped shine a spotlight on homophobia at Saturday's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Over a dozen elite professional athletes led this weekend's parade, including Aussie Rules, rugby, cricket, soccer and Olympic LGBTI athletes.

The Mardi Gras parade is one of the largest gay events in the world. Nearly 10,000 people took part in the parade, watched by hundreds of thousands of people in person and many more through a national TV broadcast.

The first three floats of the parade were dedicated to highlighting: the success of elite gay athletes; the commitment by the major Australian professional sports to promote a more diverse and inclusive sporting environment; and the international success of the Sydney Convicts, who last year won the Bingham Cup, the world cup of gay rugby.

Afl-and-matthew_0 Matthew Mitcham (far right) with three of Australia's well-known Aussie Rules football players: Sydney Swans' Mike Pyke, Nick Smith, and Heath Grundy.

465463368sportx633_0 The lead float in the parade.

_os_7282x633_0 Getting in the swim of the parade.

465464072mitchamx633_0 Matthew Mitcham and Ji Wallace.

A20w9092x633_0 Careful, that glitter gets in everything.

465454254ladiesx633_0 Ladies gone wild.

Elyse-villani-and-alex-blackwellx633_0 Elyse Villani and Alex-Blackwell.

Sydney-convicts-2x633_0 The very arresting Sydney Convicts rugby players.

465454448gogowarmupx633_0 Go-go warm-ups.

Hamidmousa_mardigras15_parade_quick_2500-2x633_0 Keeping an arm's length apart for safety.


465468044x633_0 Cops and centurions: It's just another Sydney Mardi Gras.

Trampled by Pride.

465464218ladyrugbyx633_0 Those gals don't stop, so don't get in the way.

465464210trophyhusbandsx633_0 The Human Bingham Cup.

A20w9072x633_0 The AFL boys pose with the trophy boys.

465464652dragx633_0 Trophy gals.

Jocelyn_kent01x633_0 Taking flight.

2x8a7150x633_0 Faces tell the truth: This is the most fun party of the year.

Hamidmousa_mardigras15_parade_quick_2500-5x633_0 Onlookers worth looking at.

465467104x633_0 Snuggle break for the furries.

465467480nursex633_0Help, I am feeling faint! Is there a nurse in the house?

Hamidmousa_mardigras15_paradex633_0 Zombies, representing zombies.

465467614x633_0 Following the mating rituals of the bears.

Hamidmousa_mardigras15_parade_quick02x633_0 The brigade rolls by.

465467994x633_0 Rainbow Dyke on a Bike.

465468106leatherx633_0 Leather pride.

465468108dykesx633_0 More glorious Dykes on Bikes.

465475376crowdx633_0 The crowd was huge and very cute.

465475442nursesx633_0 Check your blood pressure, ma'am?

465475480signsx63_0 Wearing their hearts on their signs.

465476296girlsx633_0 Superheroines unite!

465476322dailorsx63_0 Hey, sailor.

465552160destinyx633_0 Destiny performs onstage during the Mardi Gras Party at the Entertainment Quarter.

465499608maubryx633_0 Jessica Mauboy performs during the Mardi Gras Party.

465499464shearx633_0 Jake Shears and Courtney Act perform during the Mardi Gras Party.

465499362shearx633_0 Jake Shears and Courtney Act onstage at the Mardi Gras Party.

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