Big Gay Out is back
The Auckland Pride Festival and Parade will be back for another colourful turn next year. Thousands of people packed out the Ponsonby Rd strip in February more than a decade since Auckland’s last gay pride parade took its final bow. The festival is to receive $100,000 from the Auckland Council controlled organisation Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development. The two-week long event will run from February 7 to 23. The Big Gay Out will make a return to Coyle Park on February 9, while the parade is set to take over Ponsonby Rd on February 22. Contact festival director Julian Cook at email@example.com to get involved. Go to aucklandpride festival.org.nz for more details.