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Another late Ball-goer

January 2011

ROD C
Australia

This pirate looked great and didn't want to miss any of the action. The Mardi Gras is a photographer's dream night!

Not just an LGBT event...

January 2011

ROD C
Australia

All of Sydney seems to turn out for the annual Mardi Gras, including plenty of straights!

Mardi Gras Floats

January 2011

ROD C
Australia

There's generally 1,000 floats, ranging from the tame to the risque. Very risque, in some cases.

Late for the Ball

January 2011

ROD C
Australia

Costumes, naturally, are a big part of the scene.

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