Australia's LGBTQ+ community has a lot to celebrate, and when they do, it's amazing.
The first Saturday in March marks a massive party known as Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. It's so massive, in fact, that the city basically shuts down to throw down. This year is extra special in that it marks forty years since the launch of the festival in 1978 as a protest march against the country's criminalization of homosexuality as well as a nod to New York's famous Stonewall Riots. But alongside its historical blowout, this year's Mardi Gras is the very first since the Australian federal government legalized marriage equality. Hence, it was going to be huge. Check it out.
The world famous Opera House honestly looks more natural with that rainbow.
Marriage equality, celebrated.
The Sydney Police are a huge part of the party.
Seriously, these might be the coolest cops in the world, seen here MC'ing a dance float.
Every year, it's extravagance in the name of inclusion.
Aussies make another big point to honor the First Nations at the parade.
Inclusivity is the name of the game.
Truly, it's Sydney at its best.
Pretty spectacular stuff.
Wish we were there.