The Mardi Gras is the gay pride festival in Sydney, and has been held since 1978, when hundreds of homosexuals marched through the city streets to protest against discriminatory laws and police abuses, and coincided with the famous protest by gay rights Stonewall in New York. This is the biggest party (300,000 people attend), as they flock to see thousands of people across the country, including New Zealand and Asia and is considered the biggest gay pride event in that part of globe. The celebrations usually last about a month, with all kinds of events such as plays, parades, concerts. The most important is the parade, like Madrid, with floats and other means of transport such as motorbikes. People dress and the central streets of the city are decorated with colorful flags and filled with color and celebration. At night they hold some of the most fun holidays of Sydney, although it is difficult to gain entry as it's reserved mostly for members of Mardi Gras. Oxford Street is the most important environment in Sydney and is the most important street throughout the parade.