Christchurch Pride is growing stronger and stronger each year, and 2023 is no different.
Christchurch City Council are excited to support the annual event which celebrates and brings together the diverse groups within the LGBTQIA+ community.
Pride 2023 will run from 10 March to 19 March, with a variety of events, initiatives, and celebrations.
“Greater Christchurch Ōtautahi is a place that embraces diversity in our communities so we are proud to support our LGBTQIA+ people to ensure our Rainbow groups feel safe and included in our city.,” says Deputy Mayor Pauline Cotter.
“Ōtautahi Christchurch thrives on creativity and inclusivity, and Pride week is the perfect opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate who we are.”
A range of events will take place this year including an initiative painting the city rainbow, workplace window decorating competition, and a walk for support.
“Think about decorating your workplace window during Pride 2023 to celebrate and show your support to the LGBTQIA+ community,” says Ms Cotter. Not only is this a great way to show support, but you can also be in to win a large sticker rosette to display for the rest of Christchurch Pride 2023.
Gather at 5pm on Friday 10th March on the corner of Cashel Street and Colombo Street outside Kathmandu to join us on our walk for support. The New Zealand Amy Band will lead the walk towards the Bride of Remembrance, where a group of drag queens will set up to perform.
Christchurch City Libraries will also be hosting a number of events throughout the week, such as Queens Telling Stories and Beat Saber Battle at Tūranga, and Upcycled Badges for Pride and Pride Book Club at Upper Riccarton Library.
“There’s a heap of ways to join us and get involved in the celebration of Pride in Ōtautahi Christchurch this year,” says Ms Cotter.
For more information, head to Christchurch Pride’s Facebook page. All the Christchurch City Libraries events can be found here.