Thousands join historic Pride march on Sydney Harbour Bridge

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/sydneymardigras The Sydney Harbour Bridge was closed for the Pride march.

About 50,000 people participated in the Pride march in Sydney, Australia, on 5 March. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was closed off for the event, which served as the culmination of the two-week Sydney WorldPride 2023.

The march started in North Sydney — led by 45 “rainbow champions,” representing 45 years of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and the original participants in 1978, known as the ’78ers — and ended at The Domain in the Central Business District, where the WorldPride closing ceremony was held. Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong joined the opening ceremony of the march, amidst cheering, as well as other politicians.

The march was a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community as well as a call for equality and to stop LGBTQ+ discrimination and persecution still happening around the world.

A street party was held on Oxford Street with free performances. The closing concert at The Domain featured Ava Max, Kim Petras, Keiynan Lonsdale, G Flip, and Altar Boy, among others. According to organizers, over 120,000 people attended Sunday’s events.

Sydney WorldPride, which held more than 300 events and had about half a million attendees and participants, is the first WorldPride festival in the Southern Hemisphere and the Asia-Pacific region.

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