'I was Rihanna for the night'

It's not every day of the week you you get to dress up and parade down the street in front of thousands, but that's exactly what I got to experience over the weekend at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

 

While glitter isn't usually my everyday attire, for one night I didn't mind being covered in it as I marched with the ANZ float, dancing my way down Oxford Street with 200 other proud participants.

Ready to dance my way down Oxford Street! Source: Supplied

My housemate and I all dressed up. Source: Supplied

Dressed in blue tutus and an elaborate feather headpiece, I felt like Rihanna at Barbados' Carnival in our outfits!

I have always considered myself a queer ally and a big supporter of marriage equality and believe diversity should be something worth celebrating.

Helping add a little more sparkle to the crowd, we distributed 40 kilograms of glitter during the parade while performing our dance routine for the onlookers.

Some of our fellow marchers. Source: Supplied

Mardi Gras ready! Source: Supplied

Fancy headgear! Woop woop! Source: Supplied

The atmosphere was electric and full of love and respect for one another.

TBH I actually felt like a superstar, with everyone lining the streets wanting to shake and hold my hand as we made our way past.

This year ANZ invited my housemate Jess and me to be a part of their Mardi Gras float, where we got a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the making of the float, and got ready with the rest of the dancers and march-goers before hitting Oxford Street.

The message we wanted to show everyone was simple – it's okay to hold hands.


Behind-the-scenes. Source: Supplied

The float. Source: Supplied

Greeting our fans. Source: Supplied

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