More than 4000 submissions presented to same-sex inquiry

AS RAINBOW flags filled the streets of Sydney ahead of the weekend's Mardi Gras festivities, the message behind the celebration reached NSW Parliament House.

The largest number of submissions every received by a parliamentary inquiry in favour of one issue were sent to the cross party working group for marriage equality on Friday.

More than 4000 submissions will now be presented to the NSW parliamentary inquiry into the state's same-sex marriage laws.

A cross-party spokesperson said the record response proved that marriage equality was important to not to lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people, but also to the wider community.

They said "mums, dads, clergy and couples" had shared personal stories about how marriage equality would have a meaningful impact on them and their families.

The previous record for submissions received in favour of an issue was 2321.

The televised Mardi Gras parade begins at Sydney's Hyde Park at 7.45pm Saturday.