The Library is open over the October long weekend, with reduced hours on Monday 2 October 2023. View the long weekend opening hours here.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Limited - collection of slides of parades and festival events 1984, 1986-1988, 1990-19911984, 1986-1988, 1990-1991

by William Yang
Even rain doesn't stop Sydneysiders enjoying a party. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has its origin in a protest march on 24 June 1978 and grew to become a Sydney icon. Renowned for its outlandish costumes and dance music, the parade also has a political tone, with the floats often displaying satirical and witty observations.