Sydney Mardi Gras 2015
Scenes from the 37th annual Sydney Mardi Gras Parade which attracted 400,000 people to the city in March.
Before the Parade starts ... time for lots of selfies and photos with those looking great on the day.
The big Parade began with a roar from the powerful machines of the Dykes on Bikes. From my poor vantage point this was the best action shot I could manage.
And here's why! When you're stuck well back from the front line of observers, backs and backs of heads are about all you'll photograph!
But next time I'll bring my own stool or milk crate or two ... and that will make all the difference.
The banners Mardi Gras organisers displayed around the city - with much pride.
What Mardi Gras brings to Sydney ...
All the colours of the rainbow! ... A wonderful costume creation paraded with pride at the Sydney Mardi Gras.
The Sydney Mardi Gras is an amazing three-week long expression of gay pride and creativity.
The festival climaxes in a Grand Parade with 10,000 participants who exhibit flamboyant dress and plenty of flesh to the enjoyment of hundreds of thousands of spectators.
Yellow hot pants and red braces - what a combo in 2013 for the Big Parade.
The Parade (which often has a confronting political edge) runs through Sydney CBD and Darlinghurst. Participants travel 1.7km along Oxford and Flinders Streets - through the heart of gay Sydney.
moment 200 Dykes on Bikes kick start their engines to open the event, a roar of excitement
explodes into an extravaganza of lavish rainbow floats and energetic marching
and dancing troops.
Giant effigy of Vladimir Putin rides menacingly above the 2014 Mardi Gras Parade - drawing world attention to Russia's homophobic laws.
Spectacular costumes and show-stopping
surprises delight the many visitors from around Australia and the
world. For indeed the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is probably the best
loved of LGBTQI
A Mardi Gras plea in 2013 to take the heat off WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange.
Sydney Mardi Gras Parade is free
. . . And it's the major Mardi Gras event - well worth taking in if as a tourist you've arrived in the city in early March. You'll be captivated by a whirlwind
of feather boas, sparkling sequins, glitz and glitter.
The Parade is always a mix of satire and outrageous
parody, pride and politics. Combined, they make this event unique and a
great high-energy spectacle.
All smiles and happiness as marchers strut their stuff in 2013.
In 2015, the 37th running of the Sydney Mardi Gras saw celebrations last from February 20 until March 8. There were more than 100 special events - everything from theatre performances, parades, parties and fairs to harbour regattas.
Each year the Grand Parade lasts about two hours and is followed at 10pm by a massive Mardi Gras Party in Moore Park.
Thongs and feathers ... it's time to dress-up!
As many as 14,000 revellers make it a night to remember - partying on through the wee hours till 8am next day when festivities end for the year.
If you're keen to take part in the 2017 festivities you need to look up the official Sydney Mardi Gras website. It gives full information on the scores of Mardi Gras activities being held.
Lifesavers With Pride join Mardi Gras celebrations.
The Sydney Mardi Gras aims to increase the visibility of
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and their culture.
What began in 1978 as a gay rights protest march in commemoration of New York's Stonewall Riots has
become a landmark gay pride event.
Drag races and art shows
The Mardi Gras program includes dozens of
popular events, including a Festival of Films, art shows, and performances by international entertainers.
Events are staged at some of Sydney's great icons and inner-city precincts -
including Taronga Zoo with its views over Sydney Harbour, the famous
Bondi Beach, Manly Beach and Luna Park.
Such effort to look good in the big Parade.
Mardi Gras is now a huge tourist drawcard for Sydney and
Australia. It generates $30 million annually for New South
Wales alone and has received significant NSW Government funding.
Disco Climbing the Bridge
In 2014, the Sydney Mardi Gras organised a Disco Climb
to allow disco dancing atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
an arrangement with BridgeClimb Sydney who take tourist parties to the
bridge summit, Mardi Gras participants were able to dance to Kylie Minogue
underneath a mirror ball on top of the harbour bridge - and have their dancing recorded on video.