Gay pride takes to street
The first gay pride parade in Auckland for more than a decade has been deemed a massive success and is set to return in 2014.
Thousands of people lined Ponsonby Rd on Saturday to cheer as floats travelled the length of the street from Western Park to Three Lamps.
Parade-goers were treated to a visual feast of rainbow flags, drag queens with giant wigs and dancers in body paint. The biggest applause was for the 30-odd members of the Defence Force who were given permission to march in uniform.
The Auckland Council spent $100,000 on the inaugural Pride Festival which included the weekend’s parade.
It is the first such celebration since the annual Auckland Hero Parade was shut down in 2001 due to financial woes.
Mayor Len Brown attended the event and has promised funding for a parade next year.
‘‘It’s great for us as an inclusive city that respects and regards and embraces everybody, no matter what their sexual orientation, to come on down and have a Pride parade.’’
Go to aucklandcityharbour news.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see more photos and a video from the Auckland Pride Parade.