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2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrated what matters
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade took place last night with a theme celebrating and highlighting WHAT MATTERS, a motif that built on the legacy of Mardi Gras as a platform for activism and encouraged the public to examine what can be done to build an even more inclusive future.
Supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, the event brought together an estimated 300,000 spectators who lined the streets, balconies and rooftops of Oxford Street to cheer on the 12,600 marchers taking part in the world’s biggest celebration of the LGBTQI community.
Sydney Mardi Gras’ 2020 theme was WHAT MATTERS saw many of the floats in the Parade use the theme as a call to action, choosing to showcase a diverse array of important issues facing the community.
Reflecting on the Parade, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Chief Executive Albert Kruger enthused “Last night was a dazzling display of diversity that brought together people from across the globe to celebrate what truly matters.
“In total there were 191 floats, representing a spectacular cross section of the community and each bringing their own terrific twist to this year’s theme.
“This year we collectively reflected on a number of issues facing our community. From LGBTQI homelessness to the Australian bushfires and climate change, many of this year’s floats had a distinct point of view on the issues that matter most.
“And of course, having Sam Smith and Dua Lipa join us on the parade route was a fittingly glittering finale to a truly unforgettable night.”
As the sparkling spectacle came to a close, 12,000 revellers kept the celebration going at the iconic Mardi Gras After Party, which took over Hordern Pavilion and surrounding venues until 8am.
Artists who performed at the Party included international superstars Dua Lipa, Kesha and Sam Smith, as well as Brazilian drag phenomenon Pabllo Vittar.
The electrifying line-up of local and international DJs included: Ayebatonye, Cupids Cut, Charlie Villas, DJ Kilimi, Estée Louder, Kate Doherty, Magda Bytnerowicz, Trinity, Whiskey Houston, DJ Hamo, Kate Monroe, DJ Nate, Atomic Blonde & Dutch Kiss, Dameeeela, Barry Harris (CAN), Midland (UK) and DJ Joelby (UK)
Images: Dua Lipa joined Lifesavers with Pride in the parade. Surf Life Saving Australia’s commitment to Pride in Sport aligned with Lifesavers with Pride featuring as the principal float at the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras last night. Lifesavers with Pride have been participating in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade since 2007 with current or previous surf lifesavers from clubs and states all over Australia taking part (top), crowd enjoying the parade (middle) and celebrating What Matters (below).
24th February 2020 - Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade to celebrate all that matters
8th November 2019 - Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrate What Matters in 2020 program
2nd March 2019 - Sydney Mardi Gras receives funding boost to bid for WorldPride 2023
19th November 2018 - Sydney Mardi Gras urgently needs new workshop space
12th February 2018 - Cher to headline 40th Anniversary Mardi Gras party
6th March 2016 - Sydney Mardi Gras Parade marks a momentous year for LGBTI community
9th March 2015 - Homophobia in sport a focus of Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade
27th May 2010 - Moshtix to Ticket Ruapehu Mardi Gras 2010
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