No Pride Parade in 2019

The Auckland Pride Parade became quite controversial recently with what looked like infighting. It appears that next year’s parade has been scrapped.


Auckland Pride has just announced there will be no parade next year.

In place of a Pride parade, there will instead be a ‘march’ which express understands will not involve the previous corporates that have participated in previous years.

There will also be no opening gala or closing party in 2019.

The announced was made at tonight’s community hui at Freeman’s Bay community hall.

According to a number present at the meeting, the decision appears to have been made prior to the meeting.

The 2019 Auckland Pride Festival will run from February 1-17th.

So far there are roughly 40 less events being held next year as there was in 2018.

NZ Herald:  Auckland Pride Parade scrapped and will be replaced by march, reports suggest

The reports come after more than $30,000 was raised to replace Pride’s corporate funding with community pūtea on Givealittle.

The page was created after several corporations withdrew their financial support for the event.

“And while we find this disappointing, we also see it as an opportunity to reclaim Pride for the community,” the Givealittle page read.

“We are raising funds to help make Auckland Pride 2019 the best one yet.”

At the start of this month, the Auckland Pride Board survived a vote of no confidence after division in the LGBTI+ community.

The board hit turbulence last month when it announced it would ban uniformed police officers from marching down Ponsonby Rd at the annual event.

Pride seems divided.


  1. Gezza

     /  19th December 2018

    Pride came before the Pride Parade came to fall.

    What a disaster this tiny coterie of intolerant anti-police nutters have turned this usually happy, relaxed and positive event into. >:D

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  19th December 2018

      They seem to have had support to do so.

      • Jay3

         /  19th December 2018

        The Pride board survived the no confidence vote due to a membership drive involving the trans organisation PAPA, Action Station and Unite Union which saw the number of people eligible to vote increase three-fold in less than two months. Anecdotally, many of these new members are actually straight people from the “woke left.” The organisation was effectively hijacked by a group of intolerant, hard left anti-capitalists. Whatever the organisation is now it certainly no longer represents the gay community. The ongoing collapse of the whole Pride Festival is pretty clear evidence of that.

  2. lurcher1948

     /  19th December 2018

    Weilingtons one will be very colourful,as Aucklands gays head south

    • Gezza

       /  19th December 2018

      True. Will you being going in the parade Lurchy?

      • Gezza

         /  19th December 2018

        I think it’s open to anybody, isn’t it. You don’t have to be gay. Just a supporter, like you.

  3. MaureenW

     /  19th December 2018

    These parades are outdated and tacky. Gays want equality and acceptance – why the need for a “parade”? As far as I’m concerned they have equality and acceptance – just get on with it – they should use the money and effort to support more needy causes.

    • Gezza

       /  19th December 2018

      It’s really for the exhibitionists I think. Where else do you get to waltz down the street camp as you like with leather trousers with no back end flashing ya bum and wobbling ya tits around without being looked at like you just escaped from a secure ward?

      • MaureenW

         /  19th December 2018

        Don’t get me started!! There is nothing proud about what I’ve seen of gay parades.
        I understood why they did this in the ’80’s, I don’t understand why they still want to pursue this today other than to dust off Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue and Village People songs, and as you say, show off their deviant paraphernalia.

  4. David

     /  19th December 2018

    Disappointed Ardern hasnt stepped up and mediated for a solution, huge set back for the LGBGQQTIAPK+ community.
    As a member of the cis normative community I am bereft at the loss of this important affirming event.

  5. The Consultant

     /  19th December 2018

    Left Savages Gay Writer:

    If the left believes surrounding the homes of political figures and threatening their families is justified protest, what would happen to a person with far less of a powerful voice to fight back? Everything I was told to fear about being openly gay has become a reality in being openly conservative. The fear of being fired, harassed, called dehumanizing names, bullied, and denied access to public life (even violence) are all realities I face today as a conservative.

    The reaction to this from the Tolerant Left was exactly what I’d expect and is perfectly in tune with the Gay Pride Parade debacle. As the writer of this second article notes:

    It’s so real Dommu felt completely free to use precisely the same gay slur against Chad that gay advocacy organizations like Human Rights Campaign are out in schools all over the country trying to prevent kids from using on each other. Dommu called Chad “the gayest name.” So I guess it’s bigotry when done against a progressive gay person, but totes fine if done against a conservative gay person? I can’t keep up with the shifting morality lines here. They seem to vary exclusively with political affiliation.

  6. Gezza

     /  19th December 2018

    Auckland Pride Parade to continue in 2019 despite reports of cancellation

    Auckland’s Pride Parade will not be cancelled in 2019, despite reports that it would be replaced with a march.

    Confusion arose after a hui held on Tuesday evening, after a Pride member floated an idea to have a “coming-out march” instead of a parade. Auckland Pride board member Zakk d’Larté confirmed on Wednesday the parade was not cancelled. However, during the hui “people that left halfway through just came up with factually incorrect statements and they started to flourish and get around”, d’Larté said.

    “It was a suggestion from the membership and that’s now spiralled to ‘the parade’s cancelled’ and ‘there’s going to a march and a protest’ and we’re like ‘hold up, we have not decided this’.”

    The Auckland Pride board had not yet reconvened to discuss Tuesday night’s hui but it was still committed to a community-led parade, he said.

    “We have full intention for there to be a celebration.It’s going to be a grassroots-led parade but maybe the shape and form will look different to previous years.” Next year’s Pride Parade would be “huge, queer, rainbow, beautiful and gayer than ever,” d’Larté said.

    Pop the champers – bottoms up folks ! 😀