Revellers usually line the city’s streets for a huge parade but plans were altered this year over Covid-19 concerns. Some 36,000 attended the stadium event instead – though a small protest march also took place on the usual parade route after an exemption was issued by health officials. Saturday’s main event was the 43rd Mardi Gras parade held in the city – described online as “a stunning and sparkling showcase of LGBTQI+ culture and community”. The parade was televised and featured colourful costumes and a headline performance from singer Rita Ora. Some 5,000 took part in the parade, which for 2021 was themed “Rise” which organisers said was chosen “after the challenge and hardship” of the last year.
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