Options range from grandstand-style seating with celebrity hosts to an outdoor club in Taylor Square with raised viewing platforms, cocktail bars and DJs. Hotels near the parade route are also heavily booked. Wear comfortable shoes and grab a viewing spot well before the parade starts. More than 10, people take part the parade — in support of equality, pride and self-expression — bringing the city to a standstill. The procession of colour includes dancing boys, the famous Dykes on Bikes, big and little costumes featuring glitter and leather and big-name acts that in the past have included Cyndi Lauper, George Michael and Kylie Minogue.
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Rita Ora performing. Spectators take in Rita Ora's performance. The Diversity Allies make their way around. Not quite sure what is going in this one, but it looks fantastic!
Thousands gather as Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2021 starts at the Sydney Cricket Ground
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The festival officially begins Friday, February 15 and will end on Sunday, March 3, The Mardi Gras Festival is held annually since when state police had arrested many parade attendees. Although thankfully things have changed a lot since then, the Mardi Gras has still a strong political character, with the presence of many LGBTQI rights groups advocating civil rights issues. The participation of groups of uniformed New South Wales State police officers, firefighters and personnel from the Australian Defence Force is a strong indication of the progress since the Pride parade.