After surprising fans with a special float appearance at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night, Sam Smith continued to enjoy the celebrations at the festival’s official after party.
Fans had been expecting a mind-blowing performance, and the 27-year-old musician certainly delivered on that promise, appearing on stage at Hordern Pavilion in a giant red dress.
The show-stopping outfit featured the word ‘equality’ sprawled across it, while Sam belted out the high notes to popular hit, Promises.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. I’ve been shitting myself all day. I love you Sydney and I love being queer x,” the singer wrote on Instagram and Twitter next to a photo of their bold outfit after the even.
In another post they wrote, “No longer a Mardi Gras virgin. That was the best sex I ever had”.
Many fans were blown away and shared the love on social media.
Dua Lipa and Kesha also performed at the after party, with Dua even sharing some fun snaps of her and Sam dancing away in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The 24-year-old pulled all the stops with her outfit, wearing a rainbow crop and matching skirt, teamed with bright roller skates to take her performance to the next level.
″🏳️🌈🏳️🌈JUST 4 U SYDNEY🏳️🌈🏳️🌈,” she wrote on Instagram.
In 2020 the theme of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade was “What Matters”. This was the 42nd Mardi Gras parade since the protest march in 1978.
There were 200 groups and floats that made a splash in glitter and latex down Oxford Street, with over 12,000 participants taking part in the parade. Meanwhile there were around 200,000 spectators also present to join the celebrations and cheer on the procession.
Wearing a bold green patterned jacket over a laced top, Sam danced along while waving to spectators and posing for photographs.
Other organisations that hosted floats on the night included RU OK? W Hotels, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Bushfire Heroes, Regional Australia and more.
For the first time, SBS broadcast the parade live with presenters Narelda Jacobs, Joel Creasey, Courtney Act and Zoë Coombs Marr.
Politicians Penny Wong, Anthony Albanese and Kristina Keneally also attended, as did trans activist Georgie Stone and Indigenous TV star Brooke Blurton.
All of HuffPost Australia’s 2020 Mardi Gras coverage can be found here.