Cher joined Australians as they took to the streets of Sydney for the city’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, celebrating the nation’s passage of marriage equality legislation.

As reports, the 71-year-old pop icon sported a bright orange wig for her surprise appearance at the event, made all the more surreal as numerous drag performers dressed as Char performed her hits on a float sponsored by Qantas Airlines while marchers carried giant letters that spelled out her name.

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Cher joined her doppelgangers on the float, and later mingled with fans and posing for photos before marching in the parade.

As the news outlet reports, there were earlier rumours that Cher may be making an appearance at the event ahead of her concert in Sydney that night.

“She has come all this way and … I’m sure she’s going to want to be in that parade,” Mardi Gras creative director Greg Clarke told Australia’s ABC News.

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Cher even posed for a photo with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who shared the pic on Twitter.

Turnbull wasn’t the only one to share photos/video of Cher at the event via social media:

Cher’s appearance at the Mardi Gras celebrations proved to be exciting for a lot of participants, judging by the outpouring of excitement on Twitter.

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