Thousands turn out for Sydney’s 46th annual Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Qantas pays tribute to Luke Davies and protesters crash the party.

The 46th Sydney Mardi Gras parade was an absolute blast, with attendees bringing their A-game in all that glitters, rainbows and feathers to celebrate love, diversity, and acceptance. But amidst the party vibes, the devastating loss of Jesse Baird and Luke Davies hit hard, touching the entire LGBTIA+ community.

Dykes on Bikes set the tone with a moving tribute to the young couple allegedly murdered by serving officer Beau Lamarre-Condon, revving through the parade with rainbow flags flying high. A moment of silence at Taylor Square for Jesse and Luke grounded the festivities, reminding everyone of the somber undertone.

Qantas made a touching gesture by honouring Luke Davies on their float, emblazoning his name on a Qantas plane, with his mother Sandy Davies there to witness it all. It was a moment that touched the hearts of everyone there, highlighting the airline community’s support and connection during such a tough time.

NSW Police officers stepping out of uniform to join the march was a powerful display of unity, easing tensions that had initially surrounded their presence. The parade kicked off with nods to LGBTIA+ history by the First Nations Community float and the 78ers, showcasing the strength and resilience of the community.

In a bit of a clashing moment, pro-Palestine protesters made a scene with face-coverings and smoke bombs, calling for solidarity with the Palestinian resistance. The cops wasted no time in clearing them out, showing that not everything was smooth sailing during the event.

As the parade wrapped up, the themes of unity, remembrance, and resilience resonated through the streets, showcasing the progress and ongoing fight for equality within the LGBTQIA+ community. The evening served as a powerful reminder of the strength that comes from rallying together to celebrate love and acceptance, embodying the spirit of hope that drives the community forward.

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