Media Release

31 October 2016

Parade Producers Announced for 2017 Auckland Pride Parade

The Auckland Pride Festival Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Eventimento to produce the 2017 Auckland Pride Parade.

Eventimento produced the inaugural Auckland Pride Parade in 2013, and is led by Jonathan Smith together with Shaughan Woodcock.

The 2017 Auckland Pride Parade will take place on Saturday 25 February along Ponsonby Road, and is the crowning event of the Auckland Pride Festival that runs from 10–26 February 2017.

“We are delighted to have Eventimento back with Auckland Pride,” says Board Co-Chair Kirsten Sibbit. “Jonathan has already experienced the delivery of a successful Parade back in 2013, so he knows the challenges of the role and what to expect. Both Jonathan and Shaughan have a huge amount of passion for this event and for our communities. Their strong vision for the event, combined with demonstrable event production skills, gives the Board a great deal of confidence and excitement for the Parade this coming year.”

Eventimento is a widely respected event production company, having produced events throughout New Zealand, including the Big Gay Out, World AIDS Day National Appeal, DOC NZ Film Festival Awards, Tremains Art Deco Festival, as well as the community-based theatrical extravaganza, Queen of the Whole Universe, which ran for ten years in Auckland and Wellington.

“We are very excited and humbled to be once again involved in the production of the Auckland Pride Parade,” says Smith. “This is a fantastic opportunity for the Rainbow communities to showcase our talents, culture and passion to the wider community. Shaughan and I are keen to make the Parade inclusive and edgy, celebrating the great progress that our communities have made, whilst supporting the progress that’s yet to come!”

Applications to join the 2017 Auckland Pride Parade are now open on the Auckland Pride Festival website. The Parade Producers encourage anyone with an interest in participating on the day – either on a float, or as a volunteer – to get in contact.

Auckland Pride Festival Contacts

Keep watching the Auckland Pride Festival website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for breaking news and updates as the 2017 Auckland Pride Festival takes shape!

To participate or volunteer for the 2017 Auckland Pride Parade, please contact Parade Producers Jonathan Smith or Shaughan Woodcock: [email protected]

To get involved or register an event within the 2017 Auckland Pride Festival, please contact Festival Director Julian Cook: [email protected]

For all other queries, please contact Auckland Pride Festival Co-Chair Kirsten Sibbit: [email protected]

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