It’s that time of the year Auckland when we celebrate our Pride community in the most fashionable festivities of the year. The amazing Auckland Pride community is bringing Pride 2019 to Auckland from February 1st – 17th. From parades to stand-ups, productions to sporting events, Pride is arguably some of the best events Auckland has to offer.
This year will be even more special with the 20th anniversary of Big Gay Out, and Proud Centres offering fun, free activities like Glory Nails and Free Films, set up by Auckland Council. More than 75 different events will take place over the two-and-a-half weeks.
Here are six events not to miss at this year's Auckland Pride Festival.
This year sees the Pride Parade change to the Pride March to celebrate the LGBTQI+ community. The march promotes a sense of community, expression, and welcoming for all participants. Held on Saturday, 9th February, the procession will start at Albert Park at 4:30pm. It will then head down Victoria Street, up Queen Street, and end with celebrations at Aotea Square and Myers Park. Grab your rainbow flags, glitter glue and the brightest outfit you can dig up.
There She Is
Zak Eyanat stars in one of the most anticipated Pride productions for 2019, There She Is. Following one boy’s journey as he goes searching for self-love, there’ll be plenty of dance, drag, and life-changing magic. Witness Zak Eyanat in all his glory as he transforms from a young man into a drop-dead gorgeous diva right before your eyes. Directed by the legendary Thomas Sainsbury and choreography by Lara Liew, the Q Theatre is hosting the enticing show from January 30th to February 2nd.
Ending HIV Big Gay Out
The 20th annual biggest and boldest LGBTQI+ event of the year is back and promising to be as fabulous as ever. Ending HIV Big Gay Out is setting up camp at Coyle Park for another round of good music and good vibes, and all for free. This year’s lineup features some of the hottest artists of the moment, including Openside, Jon Lemmon, and LEXXA. There will also be market stalls, food stalls, dancing, and we’re fabulous clothing. Join more than 10,000 LGBTQI+ attendees on 10th February and celebrate Pride in the best way possible.
Homos, Or Everyone In America
“A post-gay guide for survival” is how the award-winning Homos, Or Everyone In America is being described. Set in New York City, following a first date, two men explore what we call “equality” as a historic moment in time. Prejudices, expectations, emotions, and attitudes are the topic of conversation. Director Shane Bosher’s masterpiece production is showing at the Q Theatre between January 30th and February 16th, so make sure to secure yourself a ticket.
The Gayest Bottomless Brunch
What’s better than celebrating such a cocktail of unique people, than with cocktails themselves. Gusto at the Grand present The Gayest Bottomless Brunch, a two-hour Italian menu accompanied by bottomless bellinis and Ora Prosecco. Hosted than larger-than-life drag queen Auckland’s very own Kita Mean, and entertainment from DJ Mia Paris, reserve your spot now for the hottest brunch spot in town.
Movement Flow Yoga
With all the festivities on during Pride, it’s important to take some time to unwind and relax. And what’s better for the mind, body, and soul than some old fashioned yoga. The gold coin donation sessions at Silo Park will be held every Saturday morning throughout Pride and hosted by international yogis Taane Mete and Greg Jarema. They’ll have your body reset from head to toe, allowing you to keep partying straight through Pride.
Looking for somewhere to eat between all the events? Here are the best places to eat in Ponsonby.