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Paekākāriki Pride Festival 2022 – A Rainbow in the Village
October 20 @ 7:00 pm - October 24 @ 7:00 pmFree/Various
From 7pm Thursday 20 October until 1pm on Monday 23 October – various locations
Five-year-old Paekakariki Pride celebrates with an inter-generational programme:
- from 7 pm Thursday 20 October – Man Lessons theatre piece, St Peter’s Hall – POSTPONED
- from 7 pm Friday 21 October – Meet and Mingle on the deck at Finns Hotel
- 10 am to 1 pm Saturday 22 October – Rainbow Gala, Paekakariki School
- 3 pm Saturday 22 October – Pride Parade Campbell Park
- 4 to 5 pm Saturday 22 October – Kids’ disco, St Peter’s Hall – POSPONED
- 7 to 11 pm Saturday 22 October – Dance Party, St Peter’s Hall – POSTPONED
- 4 to 6 pm Sunday 23 October – Joyful and Defiant Pride Concert, St Peter’s Hall – POSTPONED
- 7:30 pm Sunday 23 October – Quiz Night, Finns Hotel – POSTPONED
- 12pm Monday 24 October – Plunge for Pride swim, Paekakariki Surf Club
- 1pm Monday 24 October – Picnic and Pride Puppies dog show, Campbell Park
The Paekākāriki Pride Festival is Kāpiti’s leading LGBTTQIA+ celebration and is back this year bigger, better and more fabulous than ever with five days of events to celebrate turning 5 focused around Labour weekend.
“The need to support whanau and the community in staying safe from Covid meant last year’s traditional week of festivities was replaced by a pop-up vaccination event,” says Val Little, one of the organisers, “but this year we’re turning 5, and just as if we were a person, we’d be starting school, we’re back with a truly intergenerational week of events for the entire community.”
There really is something for everybody this year from dances for all ages, the ever-popular meet and greet and quiz, a special theatre production, Man Lessons, on Thursday evening and of course the world’s shortest* Pride Parade Saturday afternoon.
In addition to Man Lessons on Thursday evening, one of the highlights of this year’s festivities is Sunday’s concert at St Peter’s Hall featuring world famous in Aotearoa New Zealand 92 year-old harmonica virtuoso, Coral Trimmer. Coral lived in the closet from the 1940s in Aotearoa and around the world before coming out at the age of 86 and getting married this year for the first time ever.
Coral is renowned for her high-kicking, high-energy performances, getting people up on their feet and bringing the house down. She’s formed a special band with a combined age of around 300, featuring a young New Zealand Symphony Orchestra harpist and our very own Deputy Major on cello.
“Pride week is designed to celebrate our trans, takatāpui, bisexual, asexual, multisexual, lesbian, gay + community with events where everybody can feel comfortable and be themselves. It’s also a great week of events for the community’s many straight allies,” adds Pat McIntosh, a co-organiser. “So get ready to have a great time.”
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