Progress, pride, di­ver­sity

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Glit­ter and stilet­tos were in abun­dance as the an­nual Auck­land Pride Pa­rade rolled through Pon­sonby on Sat­ur­day night. Gay rugby play­ers, po­lice dogs wrapped in rain­bow scarves, and more than 50 floats made their way down Pon­sonby Rd from 7.30pm, start­ing near Tole St at the north­ern end and fin­ish­ing just past Western Park. The pa­rade, a cel­e­bra­tion of the coun­try’s gay, les­bian, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der, takat­a­pui, fa’afafine, in­ter­sex and queer com­mu­ni­ties, is the penul­ti­mate event of this year’s Auck­land Pride Fes­ti­val.

It was fol­lowed by an af­ter party at Stu­dio in K Rd, which was ex­pected to run un­til about 5am. The theme for the 2017 event was ’Pride and Progress’.

It was in­tended to cel­e­brate so­cial changes and cul­tural achieve­ments, while turn­ing the spot­light on is­sues ‘‘that ob­struct our march to­wards full equal­ity’’, the or­gan­is­ers said.

Pa­rade-goer Zara Makkink said she orig­i­nally got in­volved with the event as a vol­un­teer in 2016. She de­cided to re­turn as a spec­ta­tor this year.

‘‘Ini­tially I think I just wanted to help out and then I re­alised it’s re­ally nice to not have to feel ashamed about be­ing who I am,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s not an ex­pe­ri­ence I’m used to, so it’s quite cool, ac­tu­ally get­ting to show off [who I am].’’

BE­VAN READ

The event in­tends to cel­e­brate so­cial changes and cul­tural achieve­ments.

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