Celebrating 40 years of Mardi Gras

 

Today, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of Australia’s most famous and well-loved events, bringing thousands of visitors to Sydney to join in the celebrations. It captures the imagination of Australia’s LGBTQI and mainstream communities, taking over the city for weeks on end, culminating in the world-famous Parade: a colourful and dazzling night of pride, celebration and self-expression.

So how did Mardi Gras reach this iconic status? The ironic thing is that the key reason for its success was the opposition it faced when it began. The first march took place on Saturday 24th June 1978 at 10pm and it was met with unexpected police violence.

As part of our LOVE IS LOVE issue, we celebrate Mardi Gras with you

 
 
 

The timeline shows just how it all went down over the last 40 years and to find out the complete history of Mardi Gras and it's place in Australia's cultural landscape just click on this link - MARDI GRAS

(The information here comes from the Mardi Gras website)