The 2017 parade proved to be bigger and better than ever. We had loads of positive feedback pouring in from our local and distant communities, as well as from our favourite Wellington Mayor Justin Lester who has committed to provide further support so the organisers can make 2018 even better!
The 2017 parade theme was 'A World Of Fantasy' so what did the organisers decide to do after the parade was over? They wanted a bigger, more playful, energetic and an even more elaborate event in the year to come!
2018 are you ready?
The theme this year is Our Family Celebration, we hope and feel this addresses a sense of inclusiveness and indicates our initial intention of a united Celebration.
Your group could be anything from a flamboyant pink flamingo, some keen green-thumbed gardeners, the tropical beats of the islands, long bearded hipsters, pride-land prints, musicians galore, health-loving vegans, expressing your heritage/culture of Aotearoa or the wider world, or maybe your theme is connected to a gender/sexuality/asexual expression... the theme is playful and colourful, yet also allows for one to feel truly seen and expressed.
We want to enable you to think creatively about this year's theme. Just like the visual language of this years campaign, abstract to literal expression, its all up to you how you express yourself.
Our line up
On the 10th of March 2018, WIPP will have four consecutive events simultaneously activated in a single night of celebrations.
We commence celebrations with our VIP soiree – exclusive and luxurious with elevated panoramic balcony views of the parade. The parade begins as the city morphs into it's twilight illumination and follows an exciting new route, called the rainbow mile. Along the rainbow mile will be 3 stages to entertain and titillate you while you wait for the parade to begin and concluding with a not to be missed After Parade Dance Party.
Our performers line up
We are currently confirming our performers line up, keep checking back to get the scoop on our line up. One thing we can announce is we have a contestant from RuPaul's Drag race joining us for the day of celebrations. Yes, that's right. Wellington will host its very first international super star contestant from RuPaul's Drag Race.
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We hope to make your stay in Wellington as memorable and as stress-free as possible. Wellington is renowned for its vibrant creative culture, it's scenic attractions, and a city where amazing movies are produced. We house local government, the Governor General and the Beehive. It's fuelled by incredible food, wine, craft beer, and an overall vibe of acceptance. It also boosts an outstanding laid-back cafe lifestyle. Absolutely Positively Wellington says it all.