26 Feb 2017

Annual Pride parade lights up Ponsonby Road

8:38 am on 26 February 2017

Thousands of people last night took part in the Auckland Pride Festival's biggest parade yet.

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Glittered hats, rainbow flags, and dancing shoes were popular attire along Ponsonby Road. Photo: RNZ / Eva Corlett

Three-and-a-half thousand joined the procession along Ponsonby Road and thousands more spectators lined the route to celebrate the rainbow community's annual parade.

Auckland Pride Festival's Co-Chair Kirsten Sibbit said the event, which is in its fifth year and the largest yet - was an important reminder of how far rights for the rainbow community had come.

But she said it was also a reminder of how far they had yet to go.

"We still have things to fight for as a community you know I think a lot of people think that because we've now got gay marriage that that's it, job done, great, we're the same as everybody else," said Kirsten Sibbit.

"But it doesn't really work like and there's actually some parts of the rainbow community, we're actually a bunch of different communities and not everyone has the same rights as everybody else."

The parade marks the end of a two-week long celebration.

Spectators donned glittered hats, rainbow flags, and their dancing shoes as they lined Ponsonby Road.

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Photo: RNZ / Eva Corlett

Vibrant colours were the mainstay of the evening.

Vibrant colours were the mainstay of the evening. Photo: RNZ / Eva Corlett