Join the Parade

Join the Parade

E kore e taea e te whenu kotahi ki te raranga i te whāriki kia mōhio tātou ki a tātou. The tapestry of understanding cannot be woven by one strand alone.

Come together on Auckland’s hippest strip, Ponsonby Road, on Saturday 16 February – commencing at the magical twilight time of 7.30pm – for the largest and loudest carnival of equality and diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand!

Auckland Pride’s showcase event connects people from across Aotearoa New Zealand to celebrate our rainbow communities – which includes people identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, takatāpui, whakawāhine, tangata ira tāne, fa’afafine, fakaleiti, akava’ine, māhū, vaka sa lewa lewa, rae rae, fiafifine, fakafifine, palopa, kathoey, hijra, baklâ, genderfluid, genderqueer, pansexual, asexual, queer and questioning.

A firm crowd favourite on Tāmaki Makaurau’s summer calendar, the Auckland Pride Parade is a colourful and inclusive reflection of our great city, and the incredible cultural diversity within it.

Who can participate?

We welcome applications from all individuals, groups or organisations from within Aotearoa New Zealand’s rainbow communities.

Applications from individuals, groups or organisations that are not part of New Zealand’s rainbow communities are also welcomed – provided the entry communicates a clear, supportive and positive message relating to the rainbow communities and the 2019 Parade concept/kaupapa.

We actively encourage commercial organisations that wish to participate in the Auckland Pride Parade to show their support by partnering with local groups from within the rainbow communities.

Auckland Pride 2019 – Parade Information & Rules [PDF]

How to join the Parade

Applications to join the 2019 Auckland Pride Parade are now open. If you would like to enter a float in the Parade, please contact the Parade Director to register your interest early: [email protected].

Registrations must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 1 February 2019 – if not sooner, as space is limited. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The Rainbow Connection: Full Colour, Full Strength

We are living in a divided world. Communities have been split apart by increasing inequality, partisan politics and cultural debates. A lack of kindness and understanding, amplified in online echo chambers, has made us feel less safe. People have become polarised and isolated by the accelerated speed of change.

Auckland Pride 2019 is about connecting people with purpose. Stronger, safer communities are created when people join together around a shared vision – freedom, equality and dignity for all.

The 2019 Auckland Pride Parade is a place to cultivate our roots in activism and protest, to build bridges of knowledge between generations. A place of inclusivity where corporate and grassroots organisations work together to celebrate who we are. A place where we assemble the full and fabulous kaleidoscope of cultures, sexualities, and gender identities that make up Tāmaki Makaurau’s super-diverse and multi-talented rainbow communities.

Queer and trans people join together! Our kōrero will not shy away from challenging or confronting issues, but will harness them to reclaim our identities and create our own futures.

Make your rainbow connection into a physical reality on Ponsonby Road! Acknowledge your whakapapa and represent it proudly. Connect your network! Show your support for a local rainbow community group. Let the music play! Move your body in formation. Shout out! Put your common humanity on display. Join forces! March with the community that has fought for your rights. Link arms! Memorialise all those brave activists who led us out of the darkness. Celebrate your commitment to inclusivity, intersectionality and interconnectivity!

In these complex times, let tikanga be our guide. We are connected by more than divides us. Together we cannot be broken.

Auckland Pride Parade 2018, photography by Peter Jennings.

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