Exhibitions from 14-17 of February have been cancelled due to Auckland moving to Alert Level Three on the 14th of February.
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.
This activity is part of Proud Centres – Auckland Council initiative supporting the 2021 Auckland Pride Festival by transforming arts, community and events venues into Proud Centres and hosting a series of over 150 FREE diverse, inclusive events across Tāmaki Makaurau.
At Level 2 we will implement social distancing and compulsory tracing measures which will have the effect of restricting numbers to each event. At any higher levels the venue will be closed and the event postponed or cancelled. Decisions will be made and implemented immediately on receiving the news. Festival COVID-19 Information ›