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Thousands gathered inside Sydney cricket ground on Saturday for the city's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebration. Revellers usually line the city's streets for a huge parade but plans were altered this year over Covid concerns. Some 36, attended the stadium event instead - though a small protest march also took place on the usual parade route after an exemption was issued by health officials. The parade was televised and featured colourful costumes and a headline performance from singer Rita Ora. Some 5, took part in the parade, which for was themed "Rise" which organisers said was chosen "after the challenge and hardship" of the last year. Many of the marchers also had political messages - including calls for transgender and sex worker rights.

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On 24 June a small group of gay and lesbian people operating as the Gay Solidarity Group staged a day of events in Sydney. The intention was to promote gay and lesbian culture and to encourage political activism against the discrimination they routinely experienced. The group organised a traditional march and public meeting in the morning and a street parade at night.
It was a [media] parade of 15, people through the streets of Sydney on a warm Saturday night in late February. There were 52 floats, numerous cars and trucks, sundry other vehicles, and vaqueros on horseback, and, as one watcher noted,. Others were wearing just enough 'to keep them out of the Darlinghurst slammer on indecent exposure charges'. Yet [media] this parade — probably the largest parade not associated with war that had passed through Sydney's streets — received no coverage as news by any of the mainstream newspapers or TV channels in Sydney.