Actually, this event, entitled Mardi Gras, has long turned into a broader thing than just a gay parade, and now it is a multi-day festival, which began in February and ended in the early March with a grandiose parade.
For Australian Sydney, this event was the thirty-fifth. The scale of the event became so important for the city and the country that to see on the parade the heterosexual mayor is a usual thing. In general, the parade was, as usual, a concentration of fun and celebration. Now is even hard to say what the goal of this entire event is.