A protest group halted the live Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras parade last night, whilst it was being broadcast on SBS.
A group of marchers wearing navy blue jumpsuits with the words “Department of Homo Affairs” across their backs, attempted to block a Friends of Liberal Party float behind it.
The unregistered float with signs of Scott Morrison and Captain Cook, formed a blockade across the Oxford Street bringing the parade to a halt just after 10pm.
Police intervened to drag one member of the group from the parade.
The protest left puzzled hosts Joel Creasey and Narelda Jacobs to speculate before SBS cut to Courtney Act then a commercial break.
“I’m not entirely sure if they’re trying to get them to stop their float completely,” said Creasey, “…there does seem to be a bit of a traffic jam here on Oxford street, gosh…. cops are now onto the parade path.”
On social media some criticised the broadcaster for denying full vision of the “slight hiccup.” Many pointed out Mardi Gras was founded following a street protest by Gays & Lesbians in 1978.
But the night otherwise ran smoothly with an array of community groups from PFLAG to Dykes On Bikes, disabled and homeless LGBTQI, Haka for Life, plus NSW Rural Fire Service and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Labor politicians Anthony Albanese, Penny Wong and singers Sam Smith & Dua Lipa.
The parade also included floats from SBS and ABC, including ABC managing director David Anderson and News Breakfast weatherman Nate Byrne, watched on by Chair Ita Buttrose.