300,000 people brave the rain for Sydney Mardi Gras 2014.

Last night visitors from around the country (and the world) came to Sydney to celebrate the 36th annual Mardi Gras parade.

300,000 Mardi Gras revellers watched the pride parade and celebrated throughout the city, with a record 144 floats travelling down Oxford Street.

Despite heavy rain, the spirits of those who turned up to watch the celebration were high, with many merrymakers dressed in sequins, bright colours and outrageous make-up in typical Mardi Gras fashion.

The topic of gay marriage was significant theme in the parade this year – as was Russia’s anti-gay laws, with a Vladimir Putin puppet featured in the parade. To give you an idea of the parade, here are some images of the night from LGBTI organisation Same Same.









Although there was literal rain on the parade, the Mardi Gras festival was just as flamboyant and fabulous as ever.