August 11, 2022

Hundreds of revellers descended on the Sydney Cricket Floor for the annual Mardi Gras parade on Saturday evening in a flurry of color and glitter. 

Partygoers arrived carrying vibrant ensembles and quirky costumes adorned with colored jewels, sequins, and feathers. 

A sold-out crowd of 40,000 spectators watched in pleasure as 160 floats with as much as 6,500 marchers paraded in assist of LGBTQIA+ group.

Hundreds of revellers descended on the Sydney Cricket Floor for the annual Mardi Gras parade in a flurry of color and glitter on Saturday evening

Other revellers left little to the imagination as they posed on Oxford Street as celebrations continued in pubs and clubs

Different revellers left little to the creativeness as they posed on Oxford Road as celebrations continued in pubs and golf equipment

For the second time in its 44-year history the Mardi Gras parade did not go down Oxford Street but was instead held at the SCG with organisers hoping to return to Oxford Street in 2023

For the second time in its 44-year historical past the Mardi Gras parade didn’t go down Oxford Road however was as a substitute held on the SCG with organisers hoping to return to Oxford Road in 2023

Reality star Abbie Chatfield and friend Khanh Ong were spotted leaving an apartment in Bondi before joining the crowds of revellers at the Mardi Gras parade

Actuality star Abbie Chatfield and pal Khanh Ong had been noticed leaving an condominium in Bondi earlier than becoming a member of the crowds of revellers on the Mardi Gras parade

Abbie switched her usual blonde locks for a striking brunette wig that trailed down her back and wore an ornate silver bra, a sparkly purple skirt and matching gloves for the occasion

Abbie switched her common blonde locks for a hanging brunette wig that trailed down her again and wore an ornate silver bra, a shiny purple skirt and matching gloves for the event

In other celebrity appearances, Instagram star Imogen Anthony was pictured at the VIP Honey Birdette lingerie Mardi Gras Party in a bright orange wig and silver top and skirt

In different celeb appearances, Instagram star Imogen Anthony was pictured on the VIP Honey Birdette lingerie Mardi Gras Social gathering in a vibrant orange wig and silver prime and skirt

Imogen struck a pose with a fellow reveller at the VIP Party who wore latex gloves and a studded headpiece

 Imogen struck a pose with a fellow reveller on the VIP Social gathering who wore latex gloves and a studded headpiece

For the second time in its 44-year historical past, the Mardi Gras parade didn’t go down Oxford Road however was as a substitute held on the SCG, with organisers hoping to return in 2023.

The 2022 Mardi Gras pageant theme is ‘United we shine’, a nationwide name to face up in opposition to hate and inequality.  

The Australian flag flew at half-mast over the stadium’s members stand in tribute to cricket legend Shane Warne, whose loss of life from a sudden coronary heart assault at simply 52 shocked Australia earlier that day. 

The enduring occasion started with a second of silence for Ukraine in addition to these affected by the unravelling flood disaster in NSW and Queensland. 

Spectators had been handled to dwell performances from The Wiggles, Darren Hayes and Vanessa Amorosi in addition to appearances from Sydney’s prime drag queens.  

A sold-out crowd of 40,000 spectators watched on in excitement as 160 floats with 6,500 marchers paraded to support LGBTQIA+ communities

Partygoers were seen arriving to the stadium in bright ensembles in all the colours of the rainbow, adorned with sequins, feathers and lots of glitter

Partygoers had been seen arriving to the stadium in vibrant ensembles in all the colors of the rainbow, adorned with sequins, feathers and many glitter

Amnesty International took part in the parade alongside other companies like Woolworths, Optus, and Transport for NSW

Amnesty Worldwide took half within the parade alongside different corporations like Woolworths, Optus, and Transport for NSW

Dykes on Bikes kicked off the parade at the SCG which was attended by a sold-out crowd of 40,000 spectators

Dykes on Bikes kicked off the parade on the SCG which was attended by a sold-out crowd of 40,000 spectators

The crowd was treated to performances from The Wiggles, Darren Hayes and Vanessa Amorosi

The group was handled to performances from The Wiggles, Darren Hayes and Vanessa Amorosi

Brightly-dressed attendees waved rainbow flags in the audience as the parade kicked off on Saturday night

Brightly-dressed attendees waved rainbow flags within the viewers because the parade kicked off on Saturday evening

The annual celebration was moved from the road after organisers final yr determined the occasion had one of the best likelihood of going forward if held on the SCG, because the Covid state of affairs was unpredictable.

However the modifications did little to dim the spirts of enthusiastic revellers, who confirmed their delight with quirky outfits, wild hairstyles and vibrant make-up and physique paint. 

Assist for Ukraine was evident in revellers’ gold and blue outfits, make-up and physique glitter whereas others left little to the creativeness with tiny skirts and lingerie.

Actuality TV star Abbie Chatfield and pal Khanh Ong had been noticed leaving an condominium in Bondi earlier than becoming a member of the crowds of revellers on the Mardi Gras parade. 

Abbie switched her common blonde locks for a hanging brunette wig that trailed down her again and wore an ornate silver bra, a shiny purple skirt and matching gloves for the event. 

Enthusiastic revellers showed their pride with quirky ensembles, wild hairstyles and colourful makeup and body paint

Enthusiastic revellers confirmed their delight with quirky ensembles, wild hairstyles and vibrant make-up and physique paint

Excited participants appeared to be having a ball in white ruffled skirts complete with angel wings

 Excited members seemed to be having a ball in white ruffled skirts full with angel wings

Two revellers decided to match in hot pink bowties and sequinned shorts

Two revellers determined to match in scorching pink bowties and sequinned shorts 

Others showed their support by wearing rainbow skirts and painting their faces with glitter

Others confirmed their assist by carrying rainbow skirts and portray their faces with glitter

One man twirled his gold cape as he paraded around the stadium to a packed-out crowd of 40,000 spectators

One man twirled his gold cape as he paraded across the stadium to a packed-out crowd of 40,000 spectators

Police allowed a member of the Dykes on Bikes to mount a police motorcycle ahead of the highly-anticipated parade

Police allowed a member of the Dykes on Bikes to mount a police motorbike forward of the highly-anticipated parade

Partygoers were seen taking a break from the festivities before the parade kicked off at the SCG on Saturday

Partygoers had been seen taking a break from the festivities earlier than the parade kicked off on the SCG on Saturday

Groups of partygoers showed their support for the LGBTQIA+ communities on Saturday night

Teams of partygoers confirmed their assist for the LGBTQIA+ communities on Saturday evening

One woman stuck out her tongue as she posed for a photo in her Mardi Gras inspired outfit

One girl caught out her tongue as she posed for a photograph in her Mardi Gras impressed outfit

The pair seemed to be in excessive spirits as they strode via Bondi, holding fingers and laughing in anticipation of the annual occasion. 

Noticed among the many crowd was former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian seated alongside Olympic legend Ian Thorpe.  

Each Berejiklian and Thorpe sported low key outfits, ditching the sparkles in favour of a monochrome look. 

In different celeb appearances, Instagram star Imogen Anthony was seen on the VIP Honey Birdette lingerie Mardi Gras Social gathering in a vibrant orange wig and silver prime and skirt.  

‘This yr’s Mardi Gras Parade proved why it’s such an essential occasion,’ Sydney Homosexual and Lesbian Mardi Gras chief govt Albert Kruger mentioned. 

Former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Olympic legend Ian Thorpe were spotted at the SCG event on Saturday (pictured)

Former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Olympic legend Ian Thorpe had been noticed on the SCG occasion on Saturday (pictured)

One reveller towered in high stiletto heels which were paired with a matching top and miniskirt

One reveller towered in excessive stiletto heels which had been paired with an identical prime and miniskirt 

Excited revellers made their way into pubs and clubs to continue Mardi Gras celebrations

Excited revellers made their means into pubs and golf equipment to proceed Mardi Gras celebrations

NSW Police were seen keeping a close eye on revellers who flocked to the city on Saturday night to support LGBTQIA+ communities

NSW Police had been seen retaining an in depth eye on revellers who flocked to town on Saturday evening to assist LGBTQIA+ communities

The 2022 Mardi Gras festival theme is 'United we shine', a nationwide call to stand up against hate and inequality

The 2022 Mardi Gras pageant theme is ‘United we shine’, a nationwide name to face up in opposition to hate and inequality 

'This year's Mardi Gras Parade proved why it's such an important event,' said Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger

‘This yr’s Mardi Gras Parade proved why it’s such an essential occasion,’ mentioned Sydney Homosexual and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger

‘The parade offers LGBTQIA+ folks a worldwide platform to rejoice the group, however to additionally draw consideration to essentially essential points.

‘If the previous few months have proven us something, it’s that there’s nonetheless an extended method to go earlier than equality is achieved. 

‘Our trans youngsters are nonetheless underneath continued assault, there are LGBTQIA+ folks in Ukraine combating for his or her freedoms, there are nonetheless nations around the globe the place LGBTQIA+ individuals are being killed as a result of they’re completely different.’

Mr Kruger mentioned the occasion returned to the SCG for a second time because of security considerations round having 250,000 folks on the road. 

‘However we’re wanting ahead to returning to our religious residence on Oxford Road subsequent yr,’ he mentioned. 

Two revellers waved rainbow fans and flags as they strutted down Oxford Street to join in on celebrations

Two revellers waved rainbow followers and flags as they strutted down Oxford Road to hitch in on celebrations

Organisers hope the parade can return to its 'spiritual home' on Oxford Street in 2023

Organisers hope the parade can return to its ‘religious residence’ on Oxford Road in 2023

Performers were seen strutting their stuff in elaborate costumes complete with exquisite headpieces

Performers had been seen strutting their stuff in elaborate costumes full with beautiful headpieces

Excitable revellers made their way down Oxford Street to continue celebrations after the parade

Excitable revellers made their means down Oxford Road to proceed celebrations after the parade

Australian singer Casey Donovan addressed the crowds in a stunning pink sequin gown

Australian singer Casey Donovan addressed the crowds in a shocking pink sequin robe

A police officer showed his support by wrapping himself in a rainbow flag and matching face mask

A police officer confirmed his assist by wrapping himself in a rainbow flag and matching face masks

The day was solely marred by a whole bunch of homosexual rights activists being instructed to ‘go to hell’ by spiritual hardliners demonstrating in opposition to a Sydney Mardi Gras protest rally forward of the parade. 

LGBTQIA+ campaigners gathered at Taylor Sq. on Sydney’s Oxford Road simply after noon to protest in opposition to the federal authorities’s spiritual discrimination invoice.

The group additionally known as for the decriminalisation of intercourse work in all states, an finish to obligatory detention, and go away for staff who’re transitioning. 

A small opposing group reportedly instructed protesters they’d ‘go to hell’ however had been rapidly moved on by police, in line with the Each day Telegraph. 

Hundreds of protesters have gathered to rally for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras ahead of Saturday night's parade (pictured)

A whole lot of protesters have gathered to rally for the Sydney Homosexual and Lesbian Mardi Gras forward of Saturday evening’s parade (pictured)

LGBTQIA+ activists gathered at Taylor Square on Sydney's Oxford Street just after midday on Saturday

LGBTQIA+ activists gathered at Taylor Sq. on Sydney’s Oxford Road simply after noon on Saturday 

People rally for LGBTQI Rights at Taylor Square ahead of the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade (pictured)

Folks rally for LGBTQI Rights at Taylor Sq. forward of the annual Sydney Homosexual and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade (pictured)

Activists rallied against legislative and political attacks on LGBTQIA+ rights (pictured)

Activists rallied in opposition to legislative and political assaults on LGBTQIA+ rights (pictured)

‘Final yr, I and 1000’s of others marched down Oxford Road to affirm that Mardi Gras is and all the time might be a protest,’ Wei Thai-Haynes, one of many protest’s organisers mentioned. 

‘Our struggle is just not over whereas the bigots in Parliament proceed their disgusting assaults on my group.’

NSW Police mentioned a bit of Oxford Road was closed between Taylor Sq. and Hyde Park because of a deliberate police operation. 

The group also called for the decriminalisation of sex work in states which require it, an end to mandatory detention and transition leave at workplaces for trans staff (pictured, members of the LGBTQIA+ protest in Oxford Street on Saturday)

The group additionally known as for the decriminalisation of intercourse work in states which require it, an finish to obligatory detention and transition go away at workplaces for trans workers (pictured, members of the LGBTQIA+ protest in Oxford Road on Saturday)

Demonstrators rallied against the federal government's religious discrimination bill on Saturday (pictured)

Demonstrators rallied in opposition to the federal authorities’s spiritual discrimination invoice on Saturday (pictured)

Protesters gathered on Oxford Street ahead of the 44th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras at the Sydney Cricket Grounds

Protesters gathered on Oxford Road forward of the forty fourth Sydney Homosexual and Lesbian Mardi Gras on the Sydney Cricket Grounds