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The only gay in the village…

…not at Mardi Gras last night. 😉

Or so it would seem.*

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By all accounts it was a great success.

Australia’s gay and lesbian community stepped out in style to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade, lighting up the city’s streets with a colourful array of costumes and characters on Saturday evening.

Heading the 1.6 kilometre route was a group known as the 78ers, who took part in the first Mardi Gras in 1978. On that occasion, what started out as a peaceful march ended in confrontation with the police and several arrests.

“The 30th anniversary makes it extra special this year,” said Thomas Finnegan, 23, wearing a white mask and sequin-laden leotard and taking part in his third Mardi Gras.

With a theme of “Brave New World”, organisers were expecting up to 300,000 people to line the parade route.

Graeme Browning, the parade’s director, said that while the event’s 30th birthday was cause for celebration, the fight for acceptance and equality continued…

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