History of First Peoples entries in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

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Blackbooty - One Love

The Black Booty float was a flat tray truck, with a mounted lighting rig and sound that carried eight choreographed performers, representing eight different drag identities.

Puttin' the L into Mardi Gras

At an Extraordinary General Meeting in 1988, post the parade, the Board of Sydney Gay Mardi Gras elected to re-name the event, 'Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras'.

65+000 years > The 70's

The affirmative actions of the 1960s social movements in America (Black Power, anti-Vietnam War and worldwide Women's Liberation) inspired the radicalisation of the Gay Solidarity Movement that arrived in Sydney early in the 1970s.

The '78ers

In June of 1978, a night-time celebration followed a morning protest march in the city and an afternoon's rally at Paddington Town Hall, as Sydney’s contribution to international Gay Solidarity celebrations. Organised by the Sydney Gay Solidarity Group, the evening culminated in a festive procession down Oxford Street to Hyde Park, leaving from Taylor Square at 11pm. The 1500 revellers were later met with unexpected police violence. Fifty-three people were arrested. Aboriginal women, Chris Burke (dec) and Annie Pratten were there in solidarity.


An award-winning walking group at the front of the parade. Lots of flags, colour and movement, a ute with lights and sound and Uncle Max on the back with a fire bucket.

First Australians - House of Blackstar

This was the year the mob first marched under the banner of 'First Australians'.

Captain Crook and The Endeavour Gay

Another special moment in our history of participation, this was the year we top and tailed the Mardi Gras Parade.


Not sure who were the organising group of this entry as there is some recollective confusion about it. But it definitely happened! Predominantly a parade entry of non-indigenous LGBTIQ support for indigenous Australians, the indigenous mob looking to join the parade this year, marched with this group in the united call for TREATY!

Welcome to Country

Following on from the previous year, the Welcome to Country retained its position at the head of the parade.

Koorie Wirguls

Koorie Wirguls was an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lesbian support group during the early 1990s.

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