We made a day out of our trip to Auckland on 16 February 2103, but the main reason we drove the hour and a half to the city was for the first gay pride parade in a dozen years. And it was well worth the trip. It was fun and colourful and sexy.
There were all the things one might expect from a gay pride parade anywhere in the world: balloons, sequins and bangles, feather boas, jewelry, tattoos, and, of course, scantily-clad people. I was surprised at the range of ages who entered the parade. Back in California (San Francisco and Fresno), it seemed that only the youngest and cutest paraded down the street. Not so here. Everyone was welcome, both parading and viewing. There were grandparents and kids of all ages. It was a blast!
I think I’ll let photos speak for themselves for awhile and then have a couple of closing remarks.
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