Mardi Gras: Sydney shimmers with pride, salutes 40 years of evolution for LGBTI Australians

Two women dressed in glitzy outfits.From a night of police brutality when homosexuality was illegal, to Saturday night when two men legally married on the glittering Oxford Street strip — Mardi Gras has changed a lot in 40 years.

It is the night of nights for the Australian LGBT community but this year is particularly fabulous as it marks four decades since the original 1978 march-turned-protest.

And after Australia said ‘Yes’, what better way to mark how far society has come than with the parade’s first wedding?

Floats of note:
A special Sydney Opera House float with a 10-metre replica of the famous sails
A first nations float featuring an Indigenous man dressed as Captain Cook
An ‘evolutionary dinner party’ float where an enormous poster is converted into a massive table, with surprises served up on plates
The 78ers bus, blazoned with giant posters of the parade 40 years ago
James Brechney and his partner Stuart Henshall tied the knot in the most fabulous way they could think of — standing on a giant wedding cake.

They timed their ‘I Dos’ right as their float crossed Taylor Square, where the original Sydney Rainbow Crossing was.

“I always wanted a huge wedding so 200,000 people is just enough,” Mr Henshall said.

“Stuart and I understand the shoulders we stand on to be able to get married at this year’s Mardi

via Mardi Gras: Sydney shimmers with pride, salutes 40 years of evolution for LGBTI Australians – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)