And what a night it was. From the boisterous arrival of the Dykes on Bikes, to Cher's surprise appearance and wall-to-wall glitter and toned abs, the 40th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was spectacular.

An estimated 300,000 spectators filled the streets to watch more than 12,000 participants unite in creative self-expression and a celebration of diversity and equality.

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