As the sun peaked over the horizon on the first day of the 2024 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, we gathered to celebrate our 46th Festival taking place on the lands of the longest running queer culture in the world.

The Ceremony played witness to the first light of our Festival hitting unceded Aboriginal Land, as Aunty Nadeena Dixon Welcomed us to Country with a Smoking Ceremony, and dancers from the Buuja Buuja-Butterfly Dance Group.

Photography credit: Sarah Malone