Drag queens and scantily-dressed dancers joined with politicians and military personnel for Sydney's colourful gay and lesbian Mardi Gras, and to call for acceptance and equality.
A float advocating same-sex marriage is pictured during the Mardi Gras parade in Sydney on March 3, 2013. More than 9,000 revellers on 108 floats took part in the event which bills itself as the world's biggest night parade.
Gloomy weather failed to dampen the celebration Saturday night, which exploded in a profusion of lights, dancing and music for its 35th anniversary event along Oxford Street, the hub of Sydney's gay and lesbian nightlife.
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