Festival Programme 2019

Fri 25th Oct 

6pm              Rainbow Meet & Mingle - Finn's Bar & Restaurant

Sat 26th Oct 
10am -1pm    The Great Paekākāriki Plant Sale - (an associated event)  - Paekākāriki School
2pm - 3pm     A Rainbow in the Village Pride Parade - Meet at Campbell Park at 2pm - Warm up is a parade down the Parade to St Peter's Village Hall - then ribbon is cut at the Rainbow Crossing at St Peter's Hall for the Worlds "unofficial"  Shortest Pride Parade across the village Rainbow Crossing
3pm - 4pm.    Kids' Disco - St Peter's Village Hall
7-11pm          A Rainbow in the Village Space Oddity Dance Party 2019 - St Peter's Village Hall

Sun 27th Oct
10pm -1pm     Pride Celebration Brunch - Finn's Restaurant, Beach Road Deli, the Perching Parrot, Beach Rd
2pm - 3.30pm Rainbow Book Launch - St Peter's Village Hall
7pm-10pm      Queer Quiz - Paekākāriki Bowling Club

Mon 28th Oct
10pm            Chasing the Rainbow Bike Ride - Starts from Paekakariki Surf Club 
12pm            Take the Plunge - Paekakariki Surf Club
1pm              Rainbow Family Picnic in the Park - Campbell Park


Join us on the sunny deck and launch the start of a fun-filled weekend of Pride and love at Paekakariki's favourite watering hole. Meet the friendly locals and the out-of-towners over a quiet drink.

If you'd like to stay on for a meal you'll need to book in advance - at least a couple of days before. 

Enjoy a quiet drink in the bar, a meal* at the restaurant or a laugh on the sun-drenched deck with friends and other festival goers.Tables are limited. 

Details at www.finnshotel.co.nz or ring 04 292-8081.

Dress in your brightest colours, bring musical instruments, your dog, your friends and whanau and make some noise for the world-famous-in-Paekakariki Pride Parade!

Assemble at 2pm at Campbell Park on The Parade. We'll finish up at the usual destination of St Peter's Village Hall where we'll cut the ribbon, walk across the crossing and declare it the World's Shortest Pride Parade for the third year running!

Show your pride, solidarity, respect and love for and with your rainbow whanau.

Last year you told us you wanted more events for the little ones in our village and this year we're bringing the first ever Kid's Disco to Paekakariki Pride!

After all the excitement of the parade, what better way to use all that positive energy of pride and fun than to shake a few moves on the dancefloor?

This free event is proudly brought to you by Vinyl & Proud.

Vinyl&Proud is over the moon to host this year's Paekakariki Pride Dance Party... A Space Oddity.

Grab your crew and join us for an out-of-this-world dance party in the best venue in the universe!

We'll rock your moon boots off with some of the best old skool and new dance music in the galaxy.

Dress code is space-age, futuristic, sci-fi, alien - queer chic.

There's a cash-bar (no BYO) and snacks available for purchase.

Don't delay - tix will sell out FAST!  

Thanks to Abandoned Brewery for running the bar and snacks.

All proceeds from the dance will be donated to Project Youth - a social and support service for rainbow identified young people run through Kapiti Youth Service (KYS). 

Sun 27th Oct 10pm-1pm - Rainbow Brunch
The Perching Parrot, Beach Road Deli and Finns Hotel Paekakariki

Turn up to one of the fabulous eateries in Paekakariki and join the Pride Festival party people for a coffee or a breakfast of champions!

Choose from The Perching Parrot, Beach Road Deli and Finns Hotel Paekakariki... or visit all three.

We have some of the best kai on the coast.

We are rapt to bring you the launch of 'The Swimmers' - a debut novel by local Wellington queer writer Kate Torrins!

Event schedule:
- Launch of the debut novel “The Swimmers” by Kate Torrens.
- Readings from The Kapiti Women’s Writing Group
- Open mic
- Drinks and nibbles

'The Swimmers' is set in 1986 at the time the Homosexual Law Reform Bill was passed. Despite merciless and divisive social debate, the stories of gay people, submerged in mainstream heterosexual culture surface; and a more compassionate light is shone on the genuine crisis posed by the AIDS epidemic.

'The Swimmers' is the story of two gay runaways. From makeshift camps and squats, Celie writes her dead grandmother letters in which she describes the failure of her first tenuous gay relationship and her confusion of swimming and dying.

Her story parallels that of her lost Uncle Jack who disappeared years earlier after being rejected by his mother for admitting a homosexual relationship. Uncle Jack returns home, dying of AIDS, at the crux of vociferous opposition to the Reform Bill. In, at what times, seems like a quirky comedy of errors, the story traces the disruption of familial relationships and their relentless, resilient recovery.

'The Swimmers' is available on Amazon.

Signed copies will be available at the book launch.

Get a team of six together, dress up, swot up on all things queer and have a fun and frivolous night.

Limited to ten teams so get in quick!

Cost $10 per person plus bring cash for drinks and snacks.*

To register your team email paekakariki.pride@gmail.com

*(All proceeds from the quiz night will go to Paekakariki School for their rainbow resources.)

Join our wonderful Bike Library boss, Jan Nisbet, for a two-wheeled adventure around the best cycle tracks in Paekakariki.

You'll need your own bike, helmet, water, snacks and sunblock.

Meet at 10am outside the Paekakariki Surf Lifesaving Club at the end of The Parade. Don't worry, you'll be back in time for the swim at midday :)

Are you brave enough to take the plunge into the breakers at Paekakariki Beach for the first swim of the season?

We dare you to dress up in your campest swim wear and do the dash and splash. Prize for the person who stays in the longest.

Meet at the Paekakariki Surf Club end of the beach - look for the rainbow flags.

Join us for a laid-back, low-key picnic with the weekend Pride Festival revellers. Bring your family, your (well-behaved!) dog, your friends and whanau and debrief on the events of the weekend.

Bring your own picnic, picnic blanket, sun-block and games.

Cancelled if wet or too yucky.