Despite a damp start to the day’s festivities, the liner sported a 126-metre multi-coloured banner saying ” Happy Mardi Gras”.
Sydneysiders were encouraged to turn out to see what was described by Cunard as a “Queen of the Harbour” arrival.
News helicopters hovered over the ship as she passed the Costa Deliziosa, which was forced from the Ocean Terminal onto a harbour mooring by the majestic arrival.
As the Queen approached the Sydney Harbour bridge, well known Mardi Gras performer Vanity Faire sang on the top deck perched in a two metre high stiletto.
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