Cher the love

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

Picture: AAP Picture: AP

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.

Picture: Getty

Flash­ing the flesh was the or­der of the day.

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