AS you are probably aware Sydney's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was on last night - unfortunately the weather rained on their parade but a good time was still had by all so I thought I would share. I will try to post some pics when I find some later if anyone is interested.
Last Update: Sunday, March 7, 2004. 8:14am (AEDT)
Rain fails to dampen Sydney's Mardi Gras parade
It was a wet night at the 26th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade in Sydney, with wind and rain keeping crowd numbers down.
Organisers of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade have hailed Saturday night's event as a success despite the poor weather.
New Mardi Gras co-chair Michael Woodhouse says their marshalls have estimated that between 250,000 and 300,000 people lined the parade route.
He says the event went off without a hitch and looks likely to set a new world record for the number of people simultaneously performing the dance moves to the song, YMCA, but that is yet to be officially confirmed.
"The crowd has been incredibly well behaved and very much into the spirit," Mr Woodhouse said.
"At 10 to seven we attempted to break the world record for the most number of people attempting to do the YMCA dance.
"Our estimates are that there are 35,000 people who participated in that attempt, although we are yet to see how the Guinness Book of Records will deal with what we refer to as 'the umbrella issue'."
The current world record for the YMCA dance is 13,500 people.
Dykes on bikes lead the way, their headlights tinted all the colours of the rainbow flag.
Behind them, the lesbian cousin of Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell's, former nun Monica Hingston, headed the parade.
"I accepted the invitation to be part of the Mardi Gras parade because it was one more step on the way to saying, 'look we're here, we're not going away'," Ms Hingston said.
Religion and politics featured regularly among the floats, which made it down the parade route in near-record time, no doubt due to the wet conditions that only let up after it was over.
Two politicians taking part could not resist the chance to campaign - Sydney independent mayoral candidate Clover Moore and Labor candidate for the federal seat of Wentworth, David Patch.
Other political floats poked fun at Federal Opposition leader Mark Latham's cab driver incident and at the ongoing failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.