Cher the love
SHE hugged her fans, took a selfie with Malcolm, Lucy and Gladys, and was feted by the crowd — if anyone knows how to share the mardi gras love, it’s queer icon Cher.
The beloved pop goddess popped up in the gay pride parade last night to mark the 40th anniversary of the event, despite suggestions by organisers she wouldn’t appear until her 3am afterparty performance.
Sporting an electric tangerine hairdo as she walked the Oxford St route with dancers holding large purple letters spelling out her name, the singer hugged fans before taking a selfie with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his wife Lucy and Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Describing the parade as a “wonderful part of Sydney”, Mr Turnbull said: “It’s 40 years old and 40 years ago Lucy and I had our first date, so our love affair is a result of Mardi Gras.”
The Prime Minister, who didn’t attend last year’s parade because of the marriage equality plebiscite, , said the “yes” vote was an affirmation of love and respect for r same-sex couples.
“It was like the e nation gave same-sex couples an enormous hug,” he said.
Just before 8.30pm, organisers for the event tweeted that parade viewing spots were full and urged people not to travel to Oxford St.
For Stuart Henshall and James “Brecko” Brechney, the Mardi Gras was the icing on their wedding cake.
Under a cloud of confetti made from shredded “No” vote posters, the couple tied the knot in front of hundreds of thousands of revellers — all on top of a three-tiered wedding cake float.
Their ceremony was the first wedding in the parade’s 40year history.
These revellers went to the Mardis Gras 40th anniversary looking pretty in pink. Cher charmed the crowds before performing at the after-party.
Billie and Jasmine Grieve (above) and grooms Stuart Henshall and James ‘Brecko’ Brechney.
Flashing the flesh was the order of the day.