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300,000 revelers see gay parade

REVELERS decked out in sequins, feathers, wigs and leather danced through the streets of Sydney last night to the cheers of more than 300,000 people at the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

More than 130 floats and 9,500 people participated in the procession, which began as a protest march in 1978 by homosexual and transsexual men and women and has flourished into one of the world's largest and most flamboyant gay pride events.

"This is my first year being in the parade and I am absolutely loving it," said transsexual Gummi Cat from a carriage pulled by a man dressed in little more than a black leather harness.

The parade kicked off with Olympic gold medal diver Matthew Mitcham, who stood atop the first float surrounded by male dancers dressed in Speedos and carrying scorecards.


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