Lead by NZ’s first transgender MP Georgina Beyer and TV legends The Topp Twins, the walking parade featured roughly 1000 participants ranging from uniformed police and services to community groups, political parties and businesses.
The event concluded with a lively street party along Ponsonby Road featuring a Family Bar stage offering live music including The Topp Twins performing as Camp Mother and Camp Leader.
The unprotested parade was brief but ran smoothly and highlighted a large appetite within the local community for the return of a full motorised parade to Ponsonby Road.
Organisers have told express the Auckland Rainbow Parade will return next year with a renewed effort to try and secure ATEED to put a ‘bigger, better, motorised parade.’
Photos | Oliver Hall.