Hyde Park and Oxford Street in central Sydney are packed with glitter, lights and outlandish costumes for the annual LGBT celebration.
As per tradition, the “dykes on bikes” kick off the parade at 7.30pm on Saturday.
The parade is expected to draw more than 12,000 punters across four hours.
Of the 191 floats in the parade, several will focus on climate change while Australia’s bushfire crisis “heroes” will be front and centre.
Parade creative director Kat Hopper said this year’s “What Matters” theme seeks to stoke debate around social justice, trans rights, sustainability, climate change and love.
Grammy Award-winning UK singer Sam Smith will headline the afterparty alongside American pop performer Kesha and Brazilian drag queen Pablo Vittar.
The parade has drawn a high-visibility police presence, with the riot squad assisted by officers on horseback and members of the sniffer dog unit.
It commemorates the ‘78ers, a small group of protesters who were arrested and beaten by police when they tried to march as part of international gay celebrations back in 1978.
Check out some of the incredible costumes below.