Twenty years ago, The Hero Parade moved from Queen Street to Ponsonby Road, showcasing vibrant floats to celebrate the LGBT community of Tamaki Mākaurau. They made their way past an audience of thousands, from the corner of Karangahape Road to Three Lamps. There were many detractors, despite this, the parade thrived for eight years as one of the most popular events in the city, rivalling the Sydney Mardi Gras.
Chas Foxall was commissioned to cover two of the early parades. This archive is of just one of Auckland’s Hero Parades, featuring a few well-known personalities of the time. It chronicles an event that some feel is not appropriate, though it remains loved by many.