SYDNEY (Reuters) – About half a million people are expected to line Sydney’s streets on Saturday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gay and **** Mardi Gras, the first time the annual parade has taken place since Australia legalized same-sex marriage.
The event started in 1978 as a protest march for gay rights and the decriminalization of homosexuality but has since grown into a major tourist spectacle featuring leather, sequins, glitter, lasers and dance music. It is now Sydney’s biggest street party and a major focal point for Australia’s gay and **** community.
Year - Procession - Floats - Groups - Street
This year’s procession includes 200 floats and groups of street dancers and will be headed by Dykes on Bikes, a motorcycle club.
Pop superstar Cher will headline the parade’s official party, the first since Australia in December became the 26th nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Australians - Marriage - Survey - Country - Sodomy
Australians overwhelmingly endorsed legalizing same-sex marriage in a postal survey in a country where sodomy laws were still in place in some states until as recently...
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