URGENT EVENT UPDATE
Wellington International Pride Parade POSTPONED
With our hearts heavy, the Board of the Wellington International Pride Parade has decided to postpone our celebration of inclusion, diversity and humanity - a new date will be announced in due course.
We, like all New Zealanders, are hurting today. We have considered long and hard about asking Wellingtonians to walk alongside us in solidarity with our friends and whanau in Christchurch; we don't want terrorists to win, we don't want terrorists to dictate how we live our lives.
If we were to proceed, we would divert crucial emergency services away from their duty. While we want to march in solidarity, to resist these acts of hate and intolerance and to tell terrorists they have no power in our country, we believe it is more important to honour the lives of those who were taken today.
We stand with all New Zealanders who are appalled by the attack on our liberty and we will be back; taller, stronger and with resolve.
Kia Kaha Christchurch. Kia Kaha Aotearoa.
The Wellington Pride Parade will ignite the capital on the evening of Saturday 16 March 2019 – and everyone's welcome.
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.
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.
The Wellington Pride Parade is part of Wellington's 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.