Ponsonby Street Festival & Auckland Rainbow Parade Is back!

The date has finally settled for the third time, due to COVID-19 alert levels, for The Ponsonby Street Festival and The Auckland Rainbow Parade. On March 27th, the parade will start from 6 pm to 7 pm while the Ponsonby Street Festival will continue the party from 7 pm to 10 pm.

“Ponsonby has long been a safe place for our Rainbow Communities and the Ponsonby Street Festival is set out as another way to show our support in and around the proceedings of the Auckland Rainbow Parade. The decision to postpone and find a new date was made jointly as we feel one event simply would not be the same without the other,” said Viv Rosenberg, Ponsonby Business Association.

Diversity, love and unity will continue to be the theme of the day as The Ponsonby Street Festival returns on Saturday 27th March. The Auckland Rainbow Parade will take part in a full day celebration with live music, street performers, food and market stalls.

“The shifting COVID alert levels have provided only a slight hiccup to the parade, but the show must go on! We are thrilled to have a new date in March and we are looking forward to having a parade that is safe and enjoyable for all those participating and attending,” said Auckland Rainbow Parade event organiser, Shaughan Woodcock.

The Day’s Events

Market Day and Food – there will be plenty of time to indulge in some tasty treats, with market stalls, pop-ups and restaurant specials available from 11 am.

The Auckland Rainbow Parade will be turning Ponsonby Road from tar to tar-ific as the nearly 1500 participants move on foot and un-motorised floats from Tole Street down Ponsonby Road to Williamson Ave at 6 pm. Grab a perch on Ponsonby Road and support our LGBTQI Rainbow whānau.

The parade has been made possible thanks to Auckland Unlimited, ZM, Tower Insurance, Wireless Nation, Waitemata Local Board and many others.

The Ponsonby Street Festival – following the parade, crowds will be treated to a carnival-style performance from Brazilian Dancers and Drag Queen performers setting the scene for the rest of the festival beginning at 7 pm.

    • The Three Lamps Stage at Milly’s Corner will be the home to Gypsy-jazz, and a Latin American Vibe on the street and relaxed dining at Three Lamps
    • Fire Station/Lincoln Street will have high energy dance zones with DJs
    • The main stage at Richmond Road will have a live band from 7 pm including a cameo Drag Queen performance at 8:30 pm