Kylie top Mardi Gras attraction

Feathers, sequins and red bulls have been cleared from the streets of Sydney.

But the organisers of this year's Mardi Gras say the sparkle lives on.

"We are a very proud community this morning," said festival chief executive Michael Rolik.

He thanked the almost 10,000 people who took part in the parade of 134 floats. Pop princess Kylie Minogue won a special mention for making the trip Down Under, with the K25 float of more than 130 dancers paying homage to the singer and her 25-year career in the music industry.

Despite 13 arrests - for drugs, assault, street and other offences - police were also pleased with the night. More than 1000 officers patrolled the city while others elected to be part of the entertainment.

Assistant NSW Police Commissioner Alan Clarke said a contingent of officers who marched in the parade received a positive response from the crowd.

Destination NSW research has found the Mardi Gras attracts more than 20,000 overseas and interstate visitor, who inject around A$30 million ($38 million) into the state economy.

- AAP

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