2014-02-28 08:47:48 - Live streaming Sydney for the 2014 Mardi Gras Parade. Parade schedule, lineup, mardi gras events, start time and parade route details. Live webcam views and online webcast feed.
The Mardi Gras in Sydney remains the most well known and popular LGBT parade in the world, with crowds in the tend of thousands lining the streets of the Darlinghurst area to watch the famous mardi gras parade.
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With such a popular event it is highly recommended to get there very early to secure your place. The parade itself is an absolute riot of colours, sound and music, including a bit of everything from the sublime to the shocking. The atmosphere throughout the day is one of friendliness and its a great place to meet new people, visitors from out of town and locals alike.
The parade and dance party attract
many international and domestic tourists. Mardi Gras is one of Australia's biggest tourist drawcards, providing a significant economic boost of around $30 to $90 million Australian dollars to Sydney each year. The celebrations emerged during the early 1980s after arrests were made during pro-gay rights protests that began in 1978. Despite its name, it is not held on Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) or indeed, on a Tuesday at all.
The parade, whilst featuring many in the gay community with a penchant for exotic costumes and dance music, has always retained a political edge, with often witty visual commentary on their political opponents featuring in the floats. As homosexuality became more and more accepted in the wider community, more gay representatives of community groups and organisations have taken part in the parade, including the police force. Each parade starts with about 200 "Dykes on Bykes" riding up Oxford Street. It is often accompanied by fireworks displays, which are launched from the rooftops of buildings along the parade route.