It's not every day of the week you you get to dress up and parade down the street in front of thousands, but that's exactly what I got to experience over the weekend at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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While glitter isn't usually my everyday attire, for one night I didn't mind being covered in it as I marched with the ANZ float, dancing my way down Oxford Street with 200 other proud participants.

Ready to dance my way down Oxford Street! Source: Supplied
My housemate and I all dressed up. Source: Supplied

Dressed in blue tutus and an elaborate feather headpiece, I felt like Rihanna at Barbados' Carnival in our outfits!

I have always considered myself a queer ally and a big supporter of marriage equality and believe diversity should be something worth celebrating.

Helping add a little more sparkle to the crowd, we distributed 40 kilograms of glitter during the parade while performing our dance routine for the onlookers.

Some of our fellow marchers. Source: Supplied
Mardi Gras ready! Source: Supplied
Fancy headgear! Woop woop! Source: Supplied

The atmosphere was electric and full of love and respect for one another.

TBH I actually felt like a superstar, with everyone lining the streets wanting to shake and hold my hand as we made our way past.

This year ANZ invited my housemate Jess and me to be a part of their Mardi Gras float, where we got a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the making of the float, and got ready with the rest of the dancers and march-goers before hitting Oxford Street.

The message we wanted to show everyone was simple – it's okay to hold hands.

Behind-the-scenes. Source: Supplied
The float. Source: Supplied
Greeting our fans. Source: Supplied

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