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"Drizzle won't stop Sunday's Big Gay Out"

Thu 7 Feb 2008 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

The MetService forecast predicts 'drizzle' for Auckland on Sunday, but the organiser of New Zealand's biggest outdoor LGBT event says its still "all systems go" for a busy Big Gay Out. Sunny fun at last year's Big Gay Out Over 10,000 people are predicted to enjoy entertainment on stage from Midday until 7pm at Auckland's annual free family fun day in Coyle Park, Point Chev, along with a wide variety of community group stalls, dance tents, food stalls and even a Fun Fair. The MetService's long-range forecast predicts Sunday will be a warm, humid day, but with a likelihood of rain or drizzle at times. The forecast has lead to speculation about possible Big Gay Out postponement and rain days, says the event's organiser Jonathan Smith. He assures today that "the weather would have to be really very bad to cancel it this Sunday. "We don't have a rain day set aside for the Big Gay Out. The following weekend would mean it clashes with the Heroic Gardens weekend and Pasifika Festival, then it would clash with the HERO Party the weekend after that," Smith explains. "A postponement would be economically difficult for the Big Gay Out also. A rain day would almost double the cost of the event." Smith says all the stallholders' spaces and the complete schedule of performers on the main stage has now been finalised, and he's just crossing his fingers - and toes - for clear weather this Sunday. Starting late on Saturday afternoon, will bring you live updates from 2008's Big Gay Out. If in doubt about the weather, check before you leave for the park, as any cancellation will be posted here first!    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Thursday, 7th February 2008 - 3:45pm

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