The Sydney Mardi Gras Parade is the biggest event of its kind in the world and it's on tonight. It's been raining for two days but it looks like it might clear up in time for the big event. It's a vibrant, electric, free celebration of gay and lesbian life filled with creativity, colour and is designed to entertain.
From the moment the Dykes on Bikes kick start their engines, the roar of excitement explodes into a rainbow extravaganza of lavish floats and marching troops with almost 10,000 people making their way along Oxford and Flinders Streets.
The 2013 Mardi Gras will celebrate it's 35th Anniversary with "Generations of Love", a three-week arts and cultural programme that runs from February 10 through to March 3.
There will be outrageous floats, lavish costumes, dance routines, and fun with thousands of men and women from all walks of life taking part, including the police force, the Armed Forces and Life Saving Australia.
After the parade, the Mardi Gras Party is the place to be - if you can get a ticket - as partygoers dance the night away at great venues and if you still have the energy, the Laneway Official After Party is on tomorrow.
Extra police will be on hand tonight but because the parade in an alcohol-free zone, crowds are usually well behaved. Let's hope that tonight is no exception.
Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore
Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, had a crossing in Oxford Street painted all the colours of the rainbow especially for tonight's big event.
For more information: www.mardigras.org.au