Gay Pride celebrations were in full swing Saturday as crowds reveled in the multi-faceted 35th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras event that paraded down the streets of Sydney.
Over 10,000 spectators watched as 130 floats and 9,000 participants put up an elaborate display. Despite the rain, the colorful spectacle of feathers and sequins continued its two and a half hour march down Oxford Street.
Probably the biggest show stopper would have to be Australia's very own Kylie Minogue. The pop sensation was the guest of honor at the annual parade and apparently finds Mardi Gras as the perfect occasion to celebrate her 25th year in the music industry.
It's such a great way to celebrate the relationship between the gay community and myself and everything we have been through together, said the 43-year-old singer, according to the Herald Sun.
Minogue is a strong advocate for gay and lesbian rights and believes that same sex marriage should be legalized in the country, the publication added.
Festival's chief executive Michael Rolik talked of Minogue's guest appearance to the publication, Kylie's visit is a very special gift to Sydney this year and our K25 float was a way of returning that love back to her.
The one of a kind Mardi Gras parade is Australia's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender cultural events, celebrated every year in honor of those who wish to commemorate their unique sexual identities.