When it was announced that Cher would be the headlining performer for the after party of Sydney’s 40th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, fans were hoping that she’d make an appearance during the annual procession.
Their prayers were answered: Amid the music and dancing, Cher emerged onto the streets of Sydney Saturday night (March 3) wearing a bright orange wig, followed by dancers holding up the letters of her name, with her smash-hit “Turn Back Time” playing in the background. As soon as she appeared, fans swarmed around her to say hello and snap a photo.
Among the crowd looking to meet Cher was Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy. The Prime Minister ended up snapping a photo with the iconic singer, writing on Instagram, “Welcome to Sydney, Cher!”
Cher also took the opportunity to speak to the press, saying that the positive atmosphere of the celebration was inspiring. “I love that everybody is having such a good time and there’s no feeling of any kind of anger, there’s no negativity and that’s what I like most.”
This year’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was the first since Australia’s historic vote in November to legalize same-sex marriage. When asked about the vote, Cher simply responded, “It’s about time.”
The pop superstar performed a short set later that evening to a cheering crowd of parade-goers, singing songs like “Strong Enough,” “All or Nothing” and of course, “Turn Back Time.” Watch a fan-filmed video of the performance below.