It was a huge weekend for a Wagga transwoman who saw her months of hard work finally come to fruition.
Holly Conroy organised the city's first-ever Mardi Gras to celebrate the queer community.
"I feel great, but obviously I am a little bit exhausted and I haven't had a lot of sleep over the past two weeks," she said.
"The response from the public was amazing.
"Everyone is just raving about how good and friendly it was and there were no incidents of violence."
Ms Conroy said on the day she was walking down Baylis Street to let people know the parade was starting soon.
"At first, I had a bit of a look around and I couldn't see a whole a lot of people," she said.
"By the time I was back in the marshalling area, so within 10 or 15 minutes it had gone from quiet to absolutely packed.
"It was a sea of people, it was so surreal."
Ms Conroy said they are still determining actual figures, but estimated nearly 1000 people took part in the parade and between 10,000 to 15,000 participated in the festivities.
"The fact that so many people were in that one space and there were no incidents, it just goes to show Wagga should be really proud," she said.
"It's here to stay."
Ms Conroy is already planning the 2020 event and said she had taken on feedback from this year.
"I noticed there was rubbish on the ground and I think that just comes down to not having enough bins," she said.
"I will definitely have better rubbish disposal next year.
"A few got confused about whether pets were allowed or not and the answer was no. I love my pets but it's a safety thing so I will make that clearer."
Ms Conroy said she will also be looking at bringing more music to the parade.
"One thing I did realise, the music wasn't quite there," she said. "I will look at lining up some sound systems."
Ms Conroy did a lot of the work herself but wanted to say a massive thanks to Cristy Houghton from local business embarketing.
"She did a lot of the designing and advertising and it was fantastic," she said.
Next year, Mardi Gras will be held on March 14 and Ms Conroy is hoping to regularly make it the second weekend of March annually.
"I have already had people call me and ask to come on board as sponsors," she said.
Mel Donges attended the event and said the turnout for the event has been fantastic.
"It is so wonderful to see whole community out here and supporting such a great event," she said.
"It's something new, exciting, colourful and sparkly and it's something different for Wagga."
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