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Media Release

22 February 2021

AUCKLAND PRIDE RETURNS IN FULL COLOUR FOR FINAL WEEK OF PRIDE MONTH, CALLS COMMUNITIES TOGETHER FOR PRIDE MARCH & PRIDE PARTY ON THE 27TH

Auckland Pride is incredibly excited by the announcement that Tāmaki Makaurau is returning to Alert Level One, so that Pride Month can continue in full colour – with the Pride March and Pride Party on Saturday marking a return to mass celebrations of Pride! 

“We’re excited to call our communities together this Saturday for the Auckland Pride March” says Director of Pride Max Tweedie. “It’ll be an energetic demonstration of our communities’ collective calls – fighting for change, celebrating who we are, but most of all being together safely in a way that hardly anyone else can. We invite everyone to join us down at the Auckland Pride Party to dance the night away with an incredible lineup of DJs and Drag Artists, celebrating together in Aotea Square. With postponements now spreading Pride across March and April – there’s even more reason to celebrate!”

The Pride March and Pride Party is free for everyone to participate in on Saturday, however registrations are essential for contact tracing through Eventbrite. We can’t wait to see the full colour of our community as thousands march and party with us this weekend.

Auckland Pride and Proud Centres are also excited to announce that the IMAN Ball will now take place next week, on Friday the 5th of March at the ASB Tennis Arena. In doing so we’re also releasing an additional free 200 tickets so that more of our communities can experience the excellence of the House of IMAN after selling out in less than a day.

Just like the IMAN Ball, many events have announced their postponement dates into March and April, spreading our Pride Programme farther than ever before! While we aren’t officially expanding our Festival dates, these are still Pride events that we’re excited to share with our community and hope to see incredible support for. Tickets originally purchased will still be valid for these dates – a full list of postponements is provided below:

New dates for postponed Pride events:

Previously announced new dates can be found here

We’d like to thank the communities of South Auckland who showed up to get tested, and acted quickly in response to this latest outbreak – once again demonstrating their leadership in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Tāmaki Makaurau. We also want to thank the Government, Health Officials, everyone that works across healthline, contact tracing teams, ESR, and our community testers that made this swift response possible – thank you for making Pride Unstoppable!

We want to reiterate that it will continue to take all of us to Make Pride Unstoppable. We need you to keep registering in advance of free events, keep scanning QR codes, turn bluetooth tracing on, washing hands, and staying home if sick. Following this advice, especially around scanning QR codes and bluetooth tracing, enables fast and effective contact tracing that has enabled our swift return to level one, and could prevent us moving levels in future. 


The 2021 Auckland Pride Festival is made possible through the support of our Major Partners: Spark & Rocketwerkz, and our Government Partners: NZ Major Events, Auckland Unlimited, and Auckland Council.

The 2021 Auckland Pride Festival runs 3-28 February.

For further enquiries contact: Max Tweedie, Director of Pride [email protected] 027 868 0774

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