After 10 years in hiatus the Auckland Pride Parade returns exploding with colour and flashing sequins on Saturday 16 February from 4pm to 7pm travelling along Ponsonby Road. In fact it’s been so popular that the parade entries have closed early with over 1200 participants and 30 floats confirmed.
Jonathan Smith, Pride Parade Co-ordinator said
“Auckland, let alone Ponsonby Road, are going to experience and be part of the most amazing Pride Parade …With float entries from our Rainbow Community including as an example: Bear New Zealand,Team Auckland Master Swimmers, Rainbow Youth and NZ Defence Force’s ‘Overwatch’ to the iconic Downundergear Marching Boys, be prepared to witness sequins, music, dancers, drag queens, uniforms, over the top floats, satire and so many more surprises.”
Although the majority of Auckland Pride Festival activity centres on Ponsonby and Karangahape Roads, you can also find festival events reaching out to Henderson in the west, Mt Wellington in the south, and right into the Hauraki Gulf.
To get your best parade views on the day get down to the GABA GlamStands who will be offering complimentary bubbles on arrival, fabulous food and refreshments and more live entertainment with the parade’s hottest ticket! (See below for details)
2013 sees The Auckland Pride Festival programme features some great signature events like Get it On! Big Gay Out in Coyle Park, Bear New Zealand Week, Heroic Gardens Festival and The Auckland Pride Gala at Q Theatre. It doesn’t end there as you can also see local and international cabaret, comedy, theatre, visual arts, concerts, record releases, book launches, debates, discussions, historical walks, charity events, sporting events, lifestyle events – and not to mention all the fantastic parties happening from Friday 8 February until Sunday 24 February.
Photo credit Cezary Zarebski