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Editorial

Winter Pride is going ahead even without the Aussies

August 2 2021 by Martin King – Director

Winter Pride, New Zealand’s biggest destination Pride Festival, is full steam ahead for launch on Friday 27 August for ten days and nights of festivities in Queenstown and Wanaka.
Although the bursting of the Trans-Tasman travel bubble was hugely disappointing and gutting for our Australian visitors, we are opening our arms wide to welcome as many locals as possible.
Winter Pride is one of the most significant events of the year for many of our guests and we are 100% going ahead. Last year was a domestic only season as well and in much more complicated circumstances. If we could do it then, we intend to do it even better in 2021.
Unfortunately, there will likely be a broader impact on the local economy as Aussies made up 50% of sales and with 600 guests not coming and an average of 8 room nights, that’s going to be a major hit for local accommodation and hospitality providers. Hopefully, this may be made up by more kiwis coming from around the country.
Winter Pride is a hugely important festival for people from rainbow communities, with many making Winter Pride an annual commitment to reconnect with some of their closest friends in safe places which makes them feel truly welcome.
Although originally sold out, tickets are now available to some events, so if you missed out originally be in quickly as they are being snapped up by Kiwis.
The festival has a growing number of free community events, including ASB Pride in the Park, the new Woof event at Earnslaw Park, and a Pride Park Run. So come on down and support the community events with DJ’s, drag queens and other performers.
And remember to get into theme and support by joining in with the Roll-out the Rainbow celebrations – where everyone paints the town rainbow. Rainbow flags and info packs are available from local Westpac branches to help everyone get into the spirit of the festivities.
Winter Pride loves the support of the broader community and seeing more and more people flying rainbow flags each year really shows how much Queenstown cares.
Winter Pride runs from the 27th August through to 5th September
- Martin King – Director