A participant wears elaborate make-up and headdress during the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017.

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1000’s of revellers hit the streets for one of many world’s largest homosexual and lesbian festivals – the Sydney Mardi Gras parade.

Organisers mentioned about 250,000 individuals got here out to observe the parade down Sydney’s Oxford Avenue.

The annual parade started as a protest within the 1970s, however now has nearly 200 floats and 1000’s of marching individuals.

Two men in full pink bodypaint use umbrellas in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, arriving during early rain showers in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017.

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Early rain showers threatened to dampen spirits (and smear physique paint) – however quickly cleared

Glitter is sprinkled on a male participant in make-up, who turns his face from an accompanying adhesive spray, during the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017.

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A woman in a bikini and elaborate yellow and green feathered headress and collar, in the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival prepares her costume in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017

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A costumed participant in golden feathered wings and headdress takes a selfie during the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017.

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Participants in silver crowns and carrying tidents prepare for the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney, Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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A shirtess male couple take a selfie during the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017.

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A woman wearing devil horns in front of a rainbow light prepares for the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney, Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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Participants dance before for the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney, Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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Dancing broke out within the streets earlier than the parade even started

Motorcyclists from "Dykes on Bikes" lead the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017.

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The parade was led by motorcyclists from the “dykes on bikes” group

Members of the Tiwi Islands aboriginal transgender community attend the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on March 4, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

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Members of the Tiwi Islands aborginal transgender group ran a profitable crowdfunding marketing campaign to ship 30 individuals from their distant Northern Territory dwelling to the parade for the primary time.

A female couple in silver bikinis, one with a unicorn horn, kiss during the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017.

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A participant in a construction outfit marches with the rainbow flag during the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017.

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Marchers with political statements on refugees detained by Australia"s government hold signs during the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017. The signs read "freee the refugees" and "let your true colours shine"

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Political statements – together with assist for detained refugees – harkened again to the parade’s authentic function.

A participant in the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade wears horns as he looks back on the parade route in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017

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