P.E. Nation founder Pip Edwards joined thousands of people taking to the streets in Sydney’s CBD for Mardi Gras on Saturday.
Revellers wrapped in rainbows and sparkling in sequins made a pilgrimage to the queer community’s spiritual home as the celebration returns to the streets after two years away.
Sydney’s Oxford Street is awash with glitter as around 300,000 partygoers celebrated the crown jewel of the WorldPride program, which Australia is hosting for the first time.
The event follows a blockbuster WorldPride opening concert in the Domain on Friday night, when Kylie Minogue headlined in a performance that included a surprise cameo from her sister Dannii.
Elsewhere, Ed Sheeran, who performed at Sydney Olympic Park on Friday draped himself in a rainbow flag, which has long been a symbol of LGBTQ+ rights, and wore a T-shirt with the Aboriginal flag.
Pip, 42, looked gorgeous in an all black number, with a backless semisheer crop top and miniskirt.
Adding a suitable touch of camp, the businesswoman added knee high stiletto black leather boots and slicked her blonde tresses back into a bun.
P.E. Nation founder Pip Edwards joined thousands of people taking to the streets in Sydney’s CBD for Mardi Gras on Saturday
Pip, 42, looked gorgeous in an all black number, with a backless semisheer crop top and miniskirt
Crowds clutched rainbow flags and looked on in awe as performers walked through Oxford street on Saturday
Two people, with matching green mohawks, share a kiss on the float
One reveller in a green dress and gold heels with a shaved head has a lie down, while a friend in a nude outfit checks on them
One attenddee opted for a bikini in the colour of the trans flag with white boots and fishnet tights
One pair opted for tutus and tassels as they celebrated LGBTQ+ culture
Let me take a selfie! Two revelleres in silver and sparkles made sure they looked their best
Ready for a touch up! This pair helped with face paint before the parade
True blue! One pair opted for blue dress (left) while another went pink and sparkly for the night
Bikinis, heels, and slacks were worn by many revellers throughout the day
Barbie girl! Ahead of the upcoming Margot Robbie movie, two goers opted for Barbie looks
Don’t forget to have fun! One attendee clutches a beer as they celebrate on the Harbour
Sqaut and post! One person got into a very awkward position to snap shots
Tudor chic: This pair opted for 16th century style skirts for the celebration
Golden and yellow outfits added a touch of glam for many revellers
Good as gold! Some revellers looked angelic in sparkling outfits
One reveller opted for devil horns while cheekily writing ‘naked’ across their chest
Pyjamas and bunny ears were the choice for one reveller while another opted for a ‘weirdo’ T-shirt
Dancers were dressed in festival gear for the LGBTQ+ celebration
Pride crowds gathered in Sydney to celebrate Mardi Gras on Saturday night
Pacing themselves! Some revellers made sure to get a seat – and fan themselves before the celebrations
Sydneysiders descended on Oxford Street in bikinis, underwear and bondage gear to celebrate Mardi Gras
Doc Martens, fishnet tights and mini-skirts were seen among many of the revellers
Some paradegoers opted for full carnival gear as they stunned Sydney’s CBD
This pair dressed as anime characters Sailor Moon and Sailor Mecury – with a saucy twist – for the fun day out
Thousands of people are beginning to gather in Sydney’s CBD to take to the streets and celebrate Mardi Gras. Two perfromers are pictured
Australia is hosting WorldPride for the first time in history, with revellers travelling from all over the world for the celebration. Revellers are seen in glitter and topless
Purring in purple! One paradegoer opted for a colourful look with black and purple bondage gear – as well as a mask and ears
Beauty Queens were also part of the parade with Miss Rainbow Princess (left) and Ms International Queer in attendance
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade will return to its heritage-listed route after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the event to relocate to the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2021 and 2022. One reveller opted for flamboyant ‘hello I’m gay’ shorts
Ed Sheeran, who performed at Sydney Olympic Park on Friday draped himself in a rainbow flag, which has long been a symbol of LGBTQ+ rights, and wore a T-shirt with the Aboriginal flag
The British Shape of You singer waved the Pride flag onstage to the delight of thousands of fans
The British pop sensations T-shirt had ‘SYDNEY’ emblazoned on the back in the colours of the rainbow flag
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade will return to its heritage-listed route after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the event to relocate to the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2021 and 2022.
More than 200 floats and 12,500 parade participants will dance through 1.7 kilometres of rainbow-lined streets in a celebration of queer identity, community and equality.
Anthony Albanese will become the first sitting prime minister to march in the parade, which he initially joined in 1983 – five years after it began as a protest for gay rights.
‘I won’t try and compete in the fashion stakes,’ he said on Saturday.
‘Pride is something that we should be proud of, that Australia is moving towards a more and more equal community where everyone is respected, no matter who they love.’
Many went for very daring outfits with black and white lace and pearls
Some went for anime looks with high school inspired dresses
Temporary tattoos, body paint and even mermaid tails were popular choices throughout the day
Some revellers went for fairy inspired looks with wings and elf ears
Purple bikinis tops and green tails – much like Ariel the Little Mermaid – were seen on many marchers
Smart revellers opted for fans to keep cool
BDSM-inspired outfits were ten-a-penny with many opting for latex and chains
Tassels and skin were on show for many of the partygoers as they strutted their stuff
Nautical but nice! Revellers fittingly posed in the harbour in sailor-themed gear
One pair opted for head-to-toe matching Versace, complete with baroque shorts and a branded flat cap
Bright green makes you seen! One reveller ensured all eyes were on them in neon
Sparkles and high heels were the statement look for this reveller who looked gorgeous with sparkingly earrings while another opted for a rainbow dress
‘You are loved’ signs complete with rainbows were put up around Sydney to celebrate
Crowds looked delighted as they held LGBTQ and Trans pride flags in the crowds
Many fans wore masks as they watched on the parade
One apartment hung Palestine and Aboriginal flags up – as well as a banner of the Progress flag – in delight
One performer opted for full drag with extra aboriginal colours to celebrate Australia pride
Honey Birdette celebreated with saucy pictures in red leather and lingerie
Legs for days! Performers opted for huge heels and latex for celebrations
Perfection in pink! Some revellers showed off very enviable bodies in scanily-clad gear
Silver crowns and tailfeathers were popular in the Honey Birdette tent
One partygoer looked gorgeous in rainbow gear as they opted for a bikini and mini skirt
Out of this world! One person dressed as Ariel the Little Mermaid – while riding a unicycle
The pair opted for a Jean Paul Gautier-esq look as the paid tribute to 80s-Madonna style ‘Cone boob’ outfit
Cowboy carnival! One reveller opted for cow print slacks and went topless for the celebrations
A yellow tank top as a hit for this reveller who added sparkling necklace
One reveller opted for glitter and a rainbow headband
Pink, purple, red and blue were popular colours among revellers
Rainbows appeared to be the theme of the day with parade goers opting for feather boas and cowboy hats
Paradise is calling! Some appeared to be dressed as if they were from the garden of Eden in green leaves and gold masks
A sea of colour could be seen on Sydney’s streets as partygoers opted for bright colours
Blue-tiful – one reveller opted for a blue jumpsuit and nude heels for the celebrations
Revellers hung up Pride and Progress flags as they celebrated the LGBTQ+ festival
Ready to rock! One group wore tutus and crop tops as they gathered in the park before the parade
Short shorts and headdresses appeared to be the look of the day as many celebrated the festival in style
Parade goers gathered outside the Stonewall hotel, one of Sydney’s top LGBTQ+ venues. It is named for New York’s 1969 Stonewall rebellion which marked the start of today’s Pride marches
Bit of all white! One reveller opted for a pearl necklace, underwear and thigh high boots
More than 200 floats and 12,500 parade participants will dance through 1.7 kilometres of rainbow-lined streets in a celebration of queer identity, community and equality. One performer is seen
Revellers carried the Aboriginal flag (left) while one partygoer opted for an all black outfit with knee high boots and short shorts (right)
Mr Albanese said when he first marched in the parade 40 years ago people were campaigning for their basic rights and there had been a long journey of reform since that era.
Transgender activist Kalypso Finbar said the parade’s return had come with a renewed sense of pride.
‘It’s almost like a resurrection,’ she said.
‘There’s a different energy in the air this year because there’s more accessibility because of that Oxford Street factor.’
For Mardi Gras veterans such as Dykes on Bikes president Emily Saunders, it feels like a homecoming.
An Ariel artist! One performer dressed as a mermaid while showing off some extreme skill riding a a unicycle
These parade goers went all out in glitter, feathers and fans
One reveller looked gorgeous in pink and nude colours with feathers
One attendee wrapped their hair up in a rainbow colours as they partied the day away
Perfection in pink! Glitter was the theme of the day as revellers covered themselves
Another attendee opted for LOVE sunglasses and cheekily placed hearts for the LGBTQ+ celebrations
Party time! Another attendee opted for white sneakers and a pink bra while opted when for practical jumpsuits
Keeping it practical for Sydney’s unpredictable weather, one reveller opted for a very sensible rainbow umbrella hat
The 2023 celebration marks 45 years since the first parade, which ended in dozens of people being arrested and charged
One person dressed as an ancient Egyptian as they strolled through Sydney’s CBD ahead of the parade
Many opted for traditional and colourful head dresses while celebrating
Parade goers prepare ahead of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade as part of Sydney WorldPride
A bevvy of beauty queens wore their tiaras and heels as they strutted down Oxford Street
Wear your heart of your… back! One reveller painted a blue heart on themselves for the celebrations
‘It’s our natural home, we ride motorcycles, for us, being on the street is where we belong,’ she told AAP.
The 2023 celebration marks 45 years since the first parade, which ended in dozens of people being arrested and charged.
Lance Dow, who was part of the 1978 march, says he feels ‘excited but odd’ to still be attending almost five decades later.
‘Being a ’78er, it’s incredible how far we’ve come since that night,’ he told AAP.
Mr Dow said the hundred or so marchers didn’t have a clear idea about what they were doing back then.
‘We didn’t know much about pride in those days, it was all camp. But now I feel a lot of pride.’
Hours before the start of the parade, LGBTQ+ people and allies gathered in central Sydney to celebrate
Parade goers are seen preparing ahead of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and celebrating World Pride
One parade goers opted for a crystal headpiece as they looked gorgeous before the crowds
Kicking back with pals! One group opted for pink and red for the parade
Kitty’s got claws! Two revellers put on their best feline fancy for the party
In recognition of their historical significance, Dykes on Bikes and their gay counterparts will lead the parade alongside a First Nations float and one dedicated to the ’78ers.
This year’s event will also feature some relative newcomers such as Haka for Life, an organisation that raises awareness of men’s mental health issues.
CEO of Haka for Life Leon Ruri says their float, which will come alive with didgeridoos, corroboree and haka, will be one of the loudest of the night.
‘We’re using the medicine of culture,’ he told AAP.
‘We’ve got so many people with diverse backgrounds and people recovering from serious addictions and all those sorts of things. So to have them here on this line and expressing themselves with a smile. We’re winning.’
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade begins at 6pm AEDT on Saturday.
Glittered and ready to go! One reveller with rainbow lashes and crystals on their face is seen touching up their make-up
One group had white headdresses with fruits attached for the parade
Leather suits and bondage gear was also a popular choice among parade goers
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