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Sydneysiders turn out for Mardi Gras parade March 4, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Gay Life.

Over half a million people have turned out on Sydney’s streets for the 29th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

Oxford Street was awash with glitter and sparkle as 117 floats representing all areas of society came out to support the gay and lesbian community.

The traditional pink had a somewhat greener tinge, with a number of floats drawing attention to the climate change issue.

Members of the Rural Fire Service, New South Wales federal police and Surf Lifesavers marched alongside Dykes on Bikes, and the drag alter-egos of Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd and his deputy Julia Gillard.

Organisers of the event say around 8,000 people took part in the parade. Police say they have arrested and charged a number of people for minor offences but that the event was mostly peaceful.

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