For over 40 years the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has provided a platform for the creative expression of LGBTIQ+ Australians.
This is perhaps no clearer than in the parade fashion, which ranges each year from skimpy leather numbers to extravagant feather bowers, stilts and constructed statement pieces.
Nothing's off limits. Big or small. Bright or dark. Tongue in cheek or overtly political.
With the help of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, we took a deep dive into some of the most iconic Mardi Gras parade looks since 1978. Look, it must be noted that this is not an exhaustive list, as there have simply been too many show-stopping looks to condense into one article.
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The 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras live Saturday 6 March 6pm AEDT on SBS On Demand or catch the full parade at 7:30pm on SBS and NITV.