One of the more prominent showings among the Mardi Gras floats was No Pride in Detention, featuring approximately 200 young activists representing LGBTQI opposition to the bipartisan mandatory detention of refugees. It provided an activist counterpoint to politicians present at the parade such as Bill Shorten, Tanya Plibersek and Malcolm Turnbull, who all officially support offshore detention.
We have been told Rainbow Labor requested the refugee float be excluded from #MardiGras2016. Refugee float was held back to appease them.
— RAC Canberra (@rac_canberra) March 5, 2016