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Save The Best For Last: 5 Fabulous Ways To Wrap Up Auckland Pride

Where better to celebrate Pride than in one of the most socially progressive countries in the world? Auckland Pride is New Zealand’s biggest and best celebration of the country’s unique mix of cultures, sexualities and gender identities.

While there’s just under a week of festivities left, the party is far from over. Here are just some of the amazing ways to send off Auckland Pride for another year.

#1 Caluzzi Drag Queen Bingo

Caluzzi Drag Queen Bingo

Image: Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret / Facebook

Celebrate being part of the LGBTIQ+ fam than with a good old fashioned match of drag queen bingo!

If you’re looking for a fun fabulous and free night out, get to the Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret and support some local queens as they get their glam on for Auckland Pride. Hosted by local legend Kita Mean, cash prizes will be up for grabs (like you needed the extra motivation).

Spots are limited, so it’s best to give the bar a call to reserve your spot.

When: 7pm, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Where: Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret, 461 Karangahape Road, Newton


#2 Disco Art House

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Image: Victor Sarah via Auckland Pride

Reminiscent of the “club kids” of New York City’s legendary scene, Disco Bloodbath emerged onto the Auckland drag scene as a young and fiery LGBTQI+ arts and performance collective. The Disco Art House exhibition gives punters the opportunity to see the art, photography and costuming they’ve become famous for showcased in one place.

Entry is free. For more information, visit the website.

When: Thursday, February 15, to Saturday, February 17, 2018

Where: Monster Vallet Gallery, St Kevins Arcade, 183 Karanghape Road, Newton


#3 Human Rights Issues For Gender and Sexual Minorities

Surrounded by rainbow flags and glitter bombs, it can be easy to forget the historic importance of events like Pride. With that in mind, the Humans Rights Commission is hosting a series of open-forum consultations across NZ for people with diverse or minority sexual orientations, gender identities, and sex characteristics.

They want to hear from you, and your experience with dealing with issues such as healthcare, employment, education, housing and whatever else may be influencing your day-to-day life. It’s set to be an evening of intense and productive discussion.

Entry is free.

When: 6:45pm, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Where: Potters Park Events Centre, 164 Balmoral Road, Mt Eden


#4 Auckland Pride Parade

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Image: Naeimasgary / Pixabay

What’s Pride without a fabulous, glitter-filled parade? Get to Ponsonby Road on Saturday night for the largest and loudest carnival of equality and diversity in New Zealand.

The 2018 Auckland Pride Parade is marching for peace, love and unity. There are more than 50 moving entries and you better believe it’s going to be a night to remember.

When: 7:30pm, Saturday, February 17, 2018

Where: Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby


#5 PROUD 2018

Image: Auckland Pride Festival / Facebook

After you’re finished at the parade, get yourself to PROUD, Auckland Pride’s official closing celebration and New Zealand’s biggest LGBTQI+ party!

It’ll feature famous international DJ and gay icon DJ Dan Slater, NYC rapper DJ Le1f, and London-based neo-burlesque royalty Empress Stah, as well as a killer line-up of local acts and DJs.

For the first time, PROUD is taking over all levels at the state-of-the-art Q Theatre — including the outdoor courtyard and car park. It’s set to be a big one.

Tickets are $60 and can be bought online or at the door.

When: From 10pm, Saturday, February 17, 2018

Where: Q Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland City

(Lead image: Charlotte Butcher)