Twi­light start for Auck­land Pride Pa­rade

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A twi­light start time for next year’s Auck­land Pride Pa­rade means the cel­e­bra­tions will flow straight on to the af­ter party.

The pa­rade will start at the later time of 7pm at Western Park trav­el­ling the length of Pon­sonby Rd and fin­ish­ing at Three Lamps.

Feed­back from Pon­sonby busi­nesses along the pa­rade route, pa­rade par­tic­i­pants and fes­ti­val-go­ers prompted the move, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Ju­lian Cook says.

‘‘The Pon­sonby Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion and busi­nesses want to keep their nor­mal trad­ing hours as clear as pos­si­ble and, as they are a key part­ner, we re­ally wanted to work with them.’’

Fes­ti­val-go­ers were also keen to see the pa­rade move to a later start, he says.

Pa­rade di­rec­tor Richard Taki has been work­ing for the last two months with stake­hold­ers such as the Pon­sonby Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, po­lice and Auck­land Trans­port to gain ap­proval.

‘‘The later start time has more risks and costs as­so­ci­ated with it than a day­time pa­rade,’’ he says.

‘‘I’ve met with all the key stake­hold­ers in or­der to en­sure the event is held safely and with a min­i­mal amount of dis­rup­tion to res­i­dents, busi­ness own­ers and the pub­lic, whilst main­tain­ing the in­tegrity and vi­sion of the pa­rade.’’

The theme of next year’s pa­rade is time. ‘‘I want us to think about our past, present and es­pe­cially our fu­ture,’’ Mr Taki says.

The fes­ti­val’s clos­ing party will start right af­ter the pa­rade at an in­ner city venue.

Reg­is­tra­tion forms are now avail­able for in­di­vid­u­als and groups who would like to be part of the Auck­land Pride Fes­ti­val and Pa­rade events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Reg­is­tra­tions close on De­cem­ber 23 for the fes­ti­val and Jan­uary 17 for the pa­rade. Vol­un­teers are also needed for a va­ri­ety of roles.

Photo: FLICKR.COM/PHO­TOS/CRAIGSYD

Party time: The Auck­land Pride Pa­rade 2014 has a new 7pm start time.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to watch a video from the Auck­land Pride Pa­rade 2013.

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