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What Not To Miss At Auckland Pride Festival This Year

By Martha Brooke - 08 Feb 2017

What Not To Miss At Auckland Pride This Year

Bedazzle your entire wardrobe, wave your rainbow flag high and get ready to celebrate love in all shapes and sizes, as Auckland gears up to celebrate Pride! Back for another show-stopping year, 2017 promises to be even bigger and better than the last. With a cultural and diverse line-up of all things fabulous, we thought it best to give you a helping hand in everything and anything that Auckland Pride has to offer. Go forth and sparkle!

Auckland Pride Gala

Back by staggering public demand and kicking off proceedings in the most spectacular way possible, Auckland Pride Gala returns to Q Theatre on Queen Street, for the official bottle-poppin’ opening of the entire Auckland Pride Festival! Expect to see sneak peeks of some of the beyond-brilliant acts and performers of the fest, as well as the Pride elite decked out in their fanciest and fabulous black tie attire. Oh, and did we mention that badass, transgender superstar Georgina Beyer will be hosting this must-attend event?! You go, girl!

Where: Q Theatre
When: 10 February
Get more details here

The Windows Are Alive

Known as one of the most—if not the most—sexually diverse and culturally colourful streets of Auckland, Karangahape Road (aka. K’ Road) is called home by many and continues to be one of the most tight-knit communities in A-town. For the length of Pride Festival, some of K’ Road’s most famed eateries and retailers, will be showcasing pop-up installations and thought-provoking pieces by artists, who have great ties and pasts with Auckland’s Rainbow communities.

Where: K Road
When: 11—26 February
For more details and places involved, click here

Bear Drag Race & Divas Dinner

Come one, come all to the most jaw-dropping spectacular spectacle of Pride! Witness and cheer on the volunteer runners, as they showcase their grand designs, while competing and taking part in the Bear Drag Race. Get ready for a whole lotta sparkle, sass and strutting, as runners prepare to race from Coco’s Cantina to Caluzzi Caberet! Best part is, you don’t need a ticket for this laugh-a-minute event—no, no!—it’s free for all spectators and competitors!

Where: K Road
When: 14 February
For more details, click here

Hot Brown Honey 

These bad-ass ladies be taking the ASB Theatre by storm, but they will also be serving up a feast of dance, comedy and hip-hop, along with their very own anti-bullying, anti-violence and anti-racism project. Join the honey’s in creating your own star that will be a part of a 1 million strong display at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. How cool does that sound?!

Where: Aotea Square
When: 14-18 February
Get more details here 

Ride With Pride

What better way to arrive at the Big Gay Out than on a glitter-adorned, rainbow-ribboned bicycle?! Enjoy a leisurely and extremely kickass bicycle ride from Britomart, all the way through to Coyle Park, where your day of all things fabulous and fun await! Gather your friends, get your crafting hat on and get ready to decorate your old two-wheeler in all the glitter, pinwheels and sparkly things you can find!

Where: Britomart
When: 12 February
For more details, click here

Ending HIV Big Gay Out

For one giant party and collaboration of all things proud as punch, you have to get yourself over to Auckland’s Ending HIV Big Gay Out, this Pride Festival! Not only will there be performances from local and international acts (hello, Parson James, we’re looking at you!) but there will also be an abundance of market stalls, food, refreshments and a whole lotta sass! To top it off, you’ll be helping one hell of a cause and raising awareness for a problem that continues to affect loved ones today.

Where: Coyle Park
When: 12 February
For full line up and event info, click here

Loud & Queer

For a raw and honest insight into the harsh realities of the queer and trans identities of modern day Auckland, Loud & Queer makes for the must see show of Pride Festival. With it’s no nonsense and no bullshit attitude, the writers and performers have created one hell of a poetic and theatrical piece. With stories and views on such controversial topics, you are bound to leave with a head full of questions and a new perspective.

Where: Basement Theatre
When: 14—17 February
For more info and ticket sales, click here

Woof

Forget the catwalks of Milan, Paris and London, instead, say hello to the dogwalk walk of Auckland! Woof is here for 2017 and is the only Auckland Pride Dog Show you need to know about. With a host of celebrity judges, prizes and fabulous fluffy-eared, four-legged friends on display for cuddles and pats, you won’t wanna miss out! Let’s just hope that your pooch is willing to wear your bedazzled, tiara creation!

Where: Lower Western Park
When: 19 February
For more info and prize catorgories, click here

ZE - Queer As Fuck

Award winner and frequent nominee, ‘ZE - Queer As Fuck’ is slowly but surely taking the world by storm. Performing a solo show through the eyes of both Michelle and Ryan, ‘ZE’ is an honest and comedic view into the life of a solo genderqueer, poly-minded, gay-divorcee and the coming out process that goes with it. Confronting stereotypes straight on and making some ‘ridiculous’ discoveries along the way, audience members will have a front row seat into the life of this remarkable person.

Where: Q Theatre
When: 21—25 February
To book tickets, click here

Courtney Act: The Girl From Oz

For one night only, see the unforgettable star of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Australian Idol perform her hit show, Courtney Act: The Girl From Oz, at Auckland’s very own Q Theatre. The Australian bombshell will take you on a journey and over the rainbow, as she takes you down under. Performing hits from the likes of Kylie to AC/DC, expect to sing-a-long and be blown away by Courtney and this once in a lifetime show!

Where: Q Theatre
When: 24 February
To book tickets, click here

Auckland Pride Parade

Guess what? It’s back! The biggest and boldest parade is back for 2017 and promises to be better than the last! With more than 50 entries and taking over the length of Ponsonby Road, there is sure to be enough colour and creativity to last a lifetime! Wave your flags, dance along and help in celebrating the wonderful diversity that New Zealand has to offer!

Where: Ponsonby Road
When: 24 February
For more info, click here

Proud 2017

If your dancing shoes are still on and you want to continue the party elsewhere, strut on down to K’ Road’s very own Studio for an unforgettable night of top-crotch (sorry, notch!) partying! With a stellar line-up of international DJ’s and acts, you could be dancing away to Courtney Act and the boys of Sexshooters in no time! With so much diversity and celebrating to be had, why not end your Auckland Pride Festival on the biggest high of them all?!

Where: Studio & Galatos Street
When: 25 February
For ticket sales, click here

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