Gay pride takes to street

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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