Don't miss the 2019 Wellington International Pride Parade

From GayNZ Team, 7 February 2019

The Wellington International Pride Parade will ignite the capital city on the Saturday 16 March 2019 from 6 pm.

Participants in the 2018 Wellington Pride Parade. Photo: Supplied

The parade is quickly becoming a favourite event in the Wellington calendar, the kaupapa for the 2019 parade is "AHI; hei whakaatu i to hiahia mo to hapori" (FIRE; ignite your passion for your community).

Creative Director, Amanduh La Whore says "We are bringing a sophisticated showcase to the streets of Wellington CBD, with an emphasis on fun and inclusivity for our LGBTIQ+ communities, celebrating our partners and the community at large."

Arrive early and enjoy the pre-parade entertainment from local and international drag performers, Orchestra Wellington, Royal NZ Ballet and Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity. An official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will then be lead by invited dignitaries including Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson and Mayor Justin Lester.

Starting at 6 pm on Tennyson Street, the parade entrants will be greeted by some of Wellington’s finest drag queens from a pop-up stage on the corner of Courtenay Place and Cambridge Terrace. They then make their way down Wellington’s Courtenay Place, before turning into Taranaki St to the waterfront, where a big screen will stream live coverage of the parade, hosted by roving reporters.

Spectators can line the streets and join in the celebrations with the parade participants, consisting of a diverse range of walking groups and floats marching, all celebrating inclusion and diversity.

The crowd can then follow the parade to the waterfront where a DJ will keep the party going into the early evening.

Wellington City Council Mayor Justin Lester says “We are working to make Wellington one of the most liveable and inclusive cities on the planet for everyone."

"The Wellington International Pride Parade is amazing for its colour and vibrancy and is a sophisticated showcase of the Pride community and a celebration of the city’s diversity and talent.”

Hon Grant Robertson, MP for Wellington Central also says "The Pride Parade is always a great event on the Wellington calendar."

"It’s a chance for our city to show off our celebration of inclusion and diversity, and for the Rainbow community to be loud and proud of who we are. I can't wait for 2019's instalment!"

Wellington International Pride Parade

Location: Parade route leads through Courtenay Place to Taranaki Street. Finishing at Odlins Plaza on the Waterfron

When: Saturday 16th March, 2019

Time: 6pm – Late

For those who can’t make it to Wellington, the parade will be broadcast live on WIPP’s Facebook page.