Anthony Albanese turns into first Australian Prime Minister to participate in Mardi Gras



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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has turn out to be the primary chief of the nation to participate within the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras within the occasion’s 45-year historical past.

In different elements of the world, Mardi Gras is held the day earlier than the Christian fasting season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which occurred earlier this week.

However, in Australia, the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras this 12 months is going down between February 17 and March 5.

It celebrates LGBTQIA+ id and variety, champions inventive expression and challenges injustice, in keeping with the organizers. Thousands are estimated to have attended.

“When the first Mardi Gras march was held in 1978, you could still be arrested for being gay,” Albanese tweeted on Saturday.

At that occasion police arrested 53 folks and the celebration resulted in violence.

“In the decades since, people dedicated their lives toward the campaign for equality,” the Prime Minister added.

“To be accepted as equal and recognized for who they are and who they love,” he continued.

“I’ve been proudly marching in Mardi Gras since the 80s. This year I’m honored to be the first Prime Minister to join the march,” Albanese mentioned.

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attended Mardi Gras in 2016 however didn’t march, in keeping with the Australian Associated Press.

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