Malcolm Turnbull the first sitting Australian PM to attend Mardi Gras

The finishing touches to costumes and floats are complete as revellers take p[art for Sydney's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull attending too.

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The 38th Mardi Gras is roaring into life with the famous Dykes On Bikes set to lead the parade that is expected to attract half a million spectators.

Malcolm Turnbull, a regular Mardi Gras spectator is attending this year. His presence makes him the first prime minister to do so.

Mr Turnbull was mobbed this evening as he moved into the crowd, with many hands holding aloft mobile phones as members of the excited crowd tried to snap a selfie with the PM.

Speaking with SBS Mr Turnbull did not discuss reports that his presence at the parade would antagonise members of his backbench, but did express his support for Mardi Gras.

“This is an event that Lucy and I have attended for many, many years,” he said.

Read more at sbs.com.au

By DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Clydell Kinchen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/secdef/24463397435/) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons