A powerful message was sent to the world celebrating all that has been achieved for the rainbow community and acknowledging the work still to be done as an estimated 50,000 marched across Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge on the final day of Sydney WorldPride 2023.
Images will be spread across the globe on tv screens and across social media of marchers from all walks of life, dressed in bright colours, joining hands with friends, allies, family and loved ones to draw strength and joy from the communities that surrounded them.
The historic march took place on a still Sydney morning and as the sun rose a large progress flag led the march from the north side of Sydney Harbour to the south side, winding its way around the famous Cahill Expressway, today free of cars, and then into the Domain which has been the scene of so much joy and celebration this week.
On either side of the bridge, music blared from makeshift speakers or vocal alerts from volunteers rang out, but right on top of the harbour bridge there was almost an eery calm with marchers suggesting it was such a significant moment the structure itself was giving them a moment to celebrate the peace felt by everyone.
Just over an hour was all it took to transverse bridge, the first time it has been used only for pedestrians since the famous Australia reconciliation march in 2000 when more than 250,000 people symbolically called for change.
The march took place on the final day of Sydney WorldPride, which saw Oxford Street closed for a huge street party as part of Pride Villages and the domain come to life with music and performances from Ava Max and Kim Petras as part of Rainbow Republic.
The festival ran for 17 days, from 17 February to 5 March 2023 incorporating Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Last Updated on Mar 5, 2023