Sydney celebrates its 40th Mardi Gras with iconic Oxford St parade. Cher brought the Sydney Mardi Gras to a standstill tonight. Cher made an appearance at the parade after 8pm, walking the route with dancers who were holding large purple letters showing her name.

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The prime minister, who didn’t attend last year’s parade because of the marriage equality controversy says the ‘yes’ vote was an affirmation of love and respect for same sex couples.

“It was like the nation gave same sex couples an enormous hug,” he said.

“It was a vote for equality, a vote for respect and what a huge vote it was.”

Just before 8.30pm, organisers for the event tweeted that parade viewing spots were full and urged people not to travel to Oxford St.

For Kobie Howe and Katrina Stouppos, it’s the first time they have been able to celebrate Mardi Gras as a legally married couple in Australia.

“This year we are marching with marriage equality, it’s an important year given what’s happened last year,” Ms Howe said.

“It’s a great time to celebrate everyone’s individuality, differences and diversity.”

The couple, who has been together for eight years, brought along their four- year-old daughter Mackie.

When asked what Mardi Gras meant to her, Mackie simply answered “marriage equality”.

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