This week kicks off one month of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations. The original inception of the event revolved around political protests for gay and lesbian rights, and in this 33rd year it's come a long way, becoming a celebration which attracts domestic and international revelers alike. The entire festival is touted as the largest gay and lesbian event in the world.
The pinnacle of the celebration is a parade that snakes through the central business district and into the traditionally gay neighborhood of Darlinghurst. With over 600,000 pairs of eyes fixated on various floats and dazzling costumes, this parade is something else. Television coverage of the parade is so popular that it regularly receives the highest ratings across Australia.
From art shows to fashion exhibitions, and film festivals to dance parties, Sydney has events for all different kinds of tastes. Special musical guest stars like Cyndi Lauper, George Michael and, this year, Kylie Minogue will be coupled with the breathtaking backdrop of the city.