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Monday, 26 June 2017

It was 39 years ago today that Australia's first Mardi Gras march took place

It was 39 years ago today that Australia's first Mardi Gras march took place
- The first march took place on this day, Saturday 24 June in 1978, and it was met with unexpected police violence.
What is known known as the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, began its life as Sydney’s contribution to the international Gay Solidarity Celebrations, an event that had grown up as a result of the Stonewall riots in New York in 1969.
Mardi Gras was one of a series of events by the Gay Solidarity Group to promote an upcoming National Homosexual Conference, and offer support to San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day and it’s campaign against California State Senator John Brigg’s attempts to stop gay rights supporters teaching in schools.