Pride Parade set to ignite the capital

5 November 2018

The Wellington Pride Parade has announced next year's parade will be on the evening of Saturday 16 March 2019 – the same day as Out in the Park – and everyone's welcome.

Image of performers at Pride Parade

Now in its third year, the theme for the 2019 parade is FIRE: ahi - hei whakaatu i to hiahia mo to hapori | ignite your passion for your community.

Event Director, Amanduh La Whore says “We are bringing a sophisticated showcase to the streets of Wellington CBD, with an emphasis on fun and inclusivity for our LGBTIQ+ communities, celebrating our partners and the community at large.”

Starting at 6pm on Tennyson Street, the parade will make its way through Wellington’s Courtenay Place area, concluding at the waterfront adjacent Mac’s Brewery. 

Spectators can line the streets and join in the celebrations with the parade participants, consisting of a diverse range of floats and walking groups.

Wellington City Council Mayor Justin Lester says “We are working to make Wellington one of the most liveable and inclusive cities on the planet for everyone.

“The Wellington International Pride Parade is amazing for its colour and vibrancy, and is a sophisticated showcase of the Pride community and a celebration of the city’s diversity and talent.”

Hon Grant Robertson, MP for Wellington Central agrees. "The Pride Parade is always a great event on the Wellington calendar.

“It’s a chance for our city to show off our celebration of inclusion and diversity, and for the Rainbow community to be loud and proud of who we are. I can't wait for 2019's instalment!" 

The Wellington Pride Parade is part of Wellingtons Pride Festival which runs from 8 to 24 March 2019, and also coincides with Out in the Park and the capital hosting the 2019 International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) World Conference.

Anyone interested in participating or volunteering for the event, can register their interest on wellingtonprideparade.co.nz or email hello@wipp.nz