The Auckland Pride Festival 2020 has gotten underway in spectacular fashion, with the return of two major events to the programme on Saturday 1 February. Opening at dawn in the beautiful Te Takaranga Āniwaniwa ceremony and partying with a sold-out showcase of queer talent in OurGala as the sun went down, Tāmaki Makaurau is alive with Pride!
With dozens of incredible events happening regionwide for the next two weeks, we are looking forward to gathering the community together on Saturday 8th February to take to the streets of Auckland City! Below are the details of logistics and timing for OurMarch and OurParty.
Building on the momentum from the 2019 debut of #ourmarch, which saw approximately 3500 community members come together in a demonstration of pride in a peaceful event, OurMarch is a free event facilitated by Auckland Pride. Gathering for OurMarch will begin at 4pm in Albert Park, the site of Tāmaki Makaurau’s first gay liberation protest in 1972. The march itself will commence at approximately 5pm, led by the Auckland Pride team and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, a key leader of that original protest.
OurMarch will again take the Auckland Central graduation route, proceeding along Princes Street and Bowen Street, down Victoria Street East, and up Queen Street, to culminate in Aotea Square where OurParty will be held. OurMarch is a free and accessible event, with all those who share the kaupapa of the Auckland Pride Festival welcome to join in the hīkoi. All care has been taken to ensure access to both OurMarch and OurParty, and participants with specific access requirements or concerns are encouraged to get in touch via email with Festival Producer Luke Wilson to ensure they can be accommodated.
Auckland Pride encourages those wanting to participate in OurMarch to register their via the form on the Auckland Pride website: https://aucklandpride.org.nz/ourmarch2020/
Immediately following the march, OurParty will kick off in Aotea Square for an unforgettable community celebration, proudly part of Auckland Live’s Summer in the Square festivities. Two stages will be showcasing an incredible line-up of queer talent, including musicians, drag artists, and DJs until 10pm. All are welcome to enjoy the best of Auckland’s vibrant rainbow communities at this free, all-ages, and accessible event.
- 6.15 PM - LIPS
- 7.00 PM - LINCOLN VAN VUGHT
- 7.50 PM - LONTALIUS
- 8.45 PM - BROWN BOY MAGIK
Auckland Live Summer in the Square Stage line-up:
- 5.30 PM - DJ K8 BARNES
- 7.00 PM - Drag Set 1 (Na Trasha, Lala Loopsy)
- 7.30 PM - DJ Kylie Monogamy
- 9.00 PM - Drag set 2 - (Sarita Das, Drew Blood, Miss Geena)
The party continues on Sunday in Coyle Park with the Ending HIV Big Gay Out.