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Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney

Tel: 61 2 9568 8600's insider take:

2008 marks the 30th anniversary of Australia's foremost gay pride event: For those who marched in the original, it must seem like a thousand years since the first parade, which was staged to commemorate New York's Stonewall riots. Although police broke up the 1978 Sydney event—violently—it was widely hailed as a defining moment for the gay rights movement in Australia. These days it's more of a family affair, with hundreds of thousands lining the streets of inner Sydney to watch the flamboyant array of floats led by the much-loved "Dykes on Bikes." While parents with young children in tow will find the parade wholesome enough (it's always a fun combination of floats skewering hot-button topics and exuberant, over-the-top campery), the dance party that follows is a hot ticket with international visitors wanting a taste of debauchery. Tickets for the dance party tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to purchase them in advance at, where you can also find a schedule of events.

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