Back in time to Mardi Gras | PHOTOS, POLL

Everybody loves a parade, and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the biggest and best, not only in Australia, but in the world.

From humble beginnings back in June 24, 1978, what was once a small scale protest and statement of pride and self-expression is now a major mainstream national icon that is internationally respected as a celebration of diversity and inclusion.

So it's fun. And it's popular. But is it still relevant?

Let us know what you think the role of the Mardi Gras is in modern Australia in the poll below, or leave your comments.

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