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Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Annual parade and festival celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer culture.

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Date of event
1978 -

Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

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The spectacular Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 1983 had its origins in the brutal police response to a much smaller parade in 1978. The subsequent public furore and political activism caused draconian laws to be changed and eventual acceptance of the special place the Mardi Gras holds in Sydney's cultural life.