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Next year is an exciting year for Out in the Park! We will celebrate two major milestones for the queer community in New Zealand in 2016 - the 30th anniversary of the Homosexual Law Reform and the 30th anniversary of the first ever Gay and Lesbian Fair in Wellington.

Historically the Gay and Lesbian Fair was set up to raise awareness about homosexuality and to build support for Homosexual Law Reform, which was then before the New Zealand Parliament. It has since grown into Wellington's famous queer fair, Out in the Park.

For the first time in 2016, Out in the Park will be held as part of the weeklong Wellington Pride Festival | Tū whakahīhī e Te Whanganui-a-Tara. The Out in the Park committee is working hard to coordinate a week of events to showcase Wellington's queer community. And we need your help to make it a week to remember!

It's time to together with your organisation, group, family, whānau, friends and put on an event for the festival programme! There will be room for everything - dance parties, art exhibits, panel discussions, sports days, family events - anything you want to put on we will support.

Our committee will help brainstorm ideas, find volunteers or facilitate in finding venues in and around Wellington. Together let's create a festival that will represent all the diversity of our LGBTQI+ communities and will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Homosexual Law Reform.

For the second time in 2016 Out in the Park will kick off with the Love Parade!  The parade is full of fabulous, fun and frolics and is open to everyone.

The parade will take over Wellington's waterfront in style, starting at Frank Kitts Park and ending at Waitangi Park for Out in the Park. The full day fair features more than 60 stalls selling anything from clothing to jewellery to crafts to books to toys to electronics, and everything in between. You can also pick up a bite to eat with scrumptious food available, delicious drinks, and much more.

The fair is famous for its free entertainment, with talented local singers, drag queens and kings, comedians, and circus performers on stage for your enjoyment.

We support all communities to come together and celebrate our diversity being visible in a fun, friendly, and open manner – it's still important.

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