E kore e ngaro, he takere waka nui. We will never be lost, for we are the hull of a great canoe.
Join us on Ponsonby Road at 7.30pm on Saturday 25 February for the largest and loudest carnival of change and diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand! With over 50 entries, the Auckland Pride Parade will be the highlight of Auckland Pride 2017.
The Parade commences at the north end of Ponsonby Road, near the Tole Street intersection, before progressing south along Ponsonby Road, and ending just past Western Park.
A spectacular showcase for our Rainbow communities (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Takatāpui, Fa’afafine, Intersex, Queer), this year’s Auckland Pride Parade is all about progress and movement.
The 2017 Parade will celebrate our most outstanding social changes and cultural achievements – but also turn the spotlight on issues that obstruct our march towards full equality.
Together, we will commemorate the great work of the past. Together, we will party in the present. Together, we will move forward into the future!
Road Closures and Parking
Ponsonby Road will be closed to traffic from 4pm to 11pm. Parking restrictions apply from 3.30pm on Ponsonby Road and adjoining roads.
Ponsonby Road will be closed to cars from 4pm – but your fabulous feet are still welcome! Come early, support the local retailers, and enjoy free and fun pre-Parade entertainment all along the Ponsonby strip from 5.30pm.
Getting to the Auckland Pride Parade shouldn’t be a drag. Leave your car at home and catch public transport. All bus services will be operating to a normal Saturday service. Minor route changes are in place. The Inner Link will be operating via Wellington and Pitt Streets. For more information check: www.at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry
A wheelchair accessible area at the side of the Rainbow Auckland Grandstand will be available to view the Parade. Space is limited, so please arrive early.
There is no allocated parking available in the area – however, there is a drop off option. If the driver of the car is mobility impaired, limited car parking will be available on Hopetoun Street between Ponsonby Road and Hereford Street. This can be accessed via the Hopetoun/Hereford Street barrier.
For your Safety
Please keep behind the barriers and only cross the road at the designated areas. Do not cross the road once the Parade commences.
Standing on awnings and verandas at any time within the designated area is prohibited under Auckland Council bylaws.
Please refrain from bringing glass to Ponsonby Road.
Be sure to drink lots of water throughout the afternoon to stay hydrated, especially when watching the Auckland Pride Parade for a few hours in the hot sun.
Sunscreen is a good idea if you’re going to be out in the sun for any amount of time. There are many pharmacies and retail outlets along Ponsonby Road if you run out.
For any Lost & Found items, including children, please speak with one of our Auckland Pride Parade Crew, or visit the Lost Kids marquee next to the Rainbow Auckland Grandstand in Western Park.
Should you require medical assistance, representatives from St John Ambulance will be located at the beginning, middle and end of the Auckland Pride Parade route.
In the event of an emergency, please notify the nearest Auckland Pride Parade Crew member, or a uniformed security guard, who will have direct access to Auckland Pride Parade Operational Headquarters. Otherwise, call 111 and help will be dispatched immediately.
Alcohol Free Event
In cooperation with Police and Auckland Council, this event is alcohol free. The current liquor ban on Ponsonby Road will be strictly enforced. If you fancy a wee tipple, we suggest that you visit one of the many fabulous bars and restaurants along Ponsonby Road.
Rubbish and Recycling
Recycling stations will be set up along Ponsonby Road. Please use the correct bins provided for rubbish and recycling. For safety reasons, please refrain from bringing glass to Ponsonby Road. Make a positive difference.
No buskers, hawkers, or unauthorised sellers of goods, are allowed on Ponsonby Road and the surrounding streets.
There is no rain date for the Auckland Pride Parade. If it is not possible to run the event on Saturday 25 February, the Parade will be cancelled. Please listen to ZM (91.0 FM) for details.
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