WorldPride celebrations kicked on for thousands of scantily-clad partygoers who flocked to a star-studded outdoor dance event the day after Sydney’s Mardi Gras.
The Domain Dance Party on Sunday was one of the biggest events for the two-week festival celebrating all things LGBTQIA+.
With the fitting theme ‘Summer Sweat’, revellers at Sydney’s Domain donned colourful, racy and bold attire as they soaked up the sun.
But after a long day of celebrations at the seven-hour dance party headlined by US superstar Kelly Rowland and featuring local talents DJ Suri, Isis Muretech and DJ Du Jour, some took a novel approach to cooling down.
One young woman was captured wandering into a public water fountain before being helped out of the water by her mates.
With the fitting theme ‘Summer Sweat’, revellers at Sydney’s Domain Dance Party donned themselves in racy and bold attire
The Domain Dance Party on Sunday was one of the biggest LGBTQIA+ events ever in Australia
After a day in the sun, this young woman cools off in a public fountain
Maybe not a good idea? She is eventually helped out of the water by a mate
A leather-clad partygoer takes to the cool grass after a day of festivities in the summer heat
The warm summer evening brought thousands out in bright and fun outfits
WorldPride celebrations in Sydney have entered a second week running and there is no sign the party is slowing down
Others who looked a little worse for wear when the warm summer day turned to night, crashed on the cool grass and fell asleep on park benches.
The party kicked off at 3pm while the sun was still belting down and finished up at 10pm.
Police with sniffer dogs lined the entrance points as ticket-holders queued up for the action.
The crowds donned raunchy and unique attire with no outfit too outrageous or colourful for the occasion.
Last night Sydney’s Oxford Street was awash with glitter after more than 300,000 partygoers celebrated Mardi Gras – the crown jewel of the WorldPride program.
Sweet dreams! All the celebrations became a bit too much for this partygoer who fell asleep on a park bench
Like an angel: This scantily-clad reveller is headed home a long day dancing up a storm
Make sure you get my good side: One partygoer took a moment to take a selfie from a very unique angle
Budgy smugglers were a popular choice of attire in the hot summer sun
The seven-hour event included DJs as well as dancers and ‘surprise acts’
But the real fun was at the official parade’s after-party, which spanned the Hordern Pavilion, Liberty Hall, Watson’s and the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney’s east and had all-night programming in the Forecourt, Peter Finch Lawn and The Courts.
The official Mardi Gras after-party was described as an ‘adult playground of music and performance’ and as a place where ‘pleasure awaits you and 10,000+ of your new and old friends at the biggest and longest-running LGBTQIA+ party in the Southern Hemisphere’.
The all-night extravaganza had a program filled with DJs and performers dancing to every genre of party music from house to nu-disco and was headlined by British pop trio Sugababes.
The party ended at 8am with revellers streaming out of the many venues being welcomed by a sunny Sunday morning.
The crowds donned raunchy attire in line with the tradition of Mardi Gras and WorldPride
Two revellers try to make their way home after a long day of action
Dressed to impress: Partygoers heading out on Sunday weren’t afraid to wear very little clothing
A police sniffer dog approaches a black-clad partygoer before the dance party
Police are pictured chatting to young woman as the sniffer dog stands by
Bright colours and skimpy clothing were popular at the party which is part of the WorldPride event
Pretty in pink: Bright and bold were the themes of the day at Sunday’s Domain Dance Party
These two angels queue up for security checks before heading into the party
Crowds embraced the late-summer heat at Sunday’s dance party in the Domain
Lingerie, budgie smugglers and leotards were a common outfit of choice for many.
NSW Police, who had several officers march during the Mardi Gras parade, praised the event and said spectators were well-behaved overall with only four people arrested and a couple of officers suffering minor injuries overnight.
One officer suffered a suspected broken nose during an arrest in Oxford Street while a second officer suffered grazes and a black eye after being assaulted while enroute to Moore Park. Inquiries are continuing to identify those responsible.
More than 900 officers attended the event to monitor people at the celebrations.
WorldPride will continue for another week before finishing with a historic march across the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Sunday.
The event has been dubbed Sydney’s biggest event since the 2000 Olympics, and is expected to host more than half a million people across its 300 or so events.
WorldPride will continue for another week before finishing with a historic march across the Sydney Harbour Bridge next Sunday
This year’s WorldPride has been dubbed Sydney’s biggest event since the 2000 Olympics
Slip, Slop, slap: A Domain Dance Party attendee applies sunscreen at Sunday’s popular event
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