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Pride Festival offers two weeks of events and activities, plus a parade

The Wellington Pride Festival | Tū Whakahīhī e Te Whanganui-ā-Tara began on Friday and runs till the 24th.

Two weeks of events, performances and activities include Out in the Park and the Pride Parade, both on Saturday 16 March.

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The 2019 festival coincides with the ILGA World Conference, where members of the LGBTQIA+ community from all around the world will meet at the Michael Fowler Centre from 18-22 March.

“The capital has always been a strong supporter of the Pride movement, and the next fortnight will really showcase the vibrancy, creativity, multi-cultural, and inclusive nature of our queer community, its friends and supporters,” says Mayor Justin Lester.

Councillor Nicola Young, Wellington City Council’s Arts Portfolio lead, has been a member of the Wellington International Pride Parade Board. “The rainbow community has a colourful history, but despite priding ourselves on Wellington’s inclusiveness, there are still members of our society who are discriminated against. The Pride Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate and be open about our differences, our identity, our challenges, and our alliances.”