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Chch Pride Week popular, despite weather

Thu 21 May 2009 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback View at NDHA

There's been rain, sleet, chills and even snow, but despite the unfriendly weather, Christchurch Pride's organisers are happy with how the Garden City's gayest week is going. In from the cold: Chch Pride Weekers were Quizzed at the Bedford bar last night Over 100 people visited Sunday's Fabulous Family Fun Day at Paparoa Primary School Hall, enjoying community stalls, food and entertainment. Pride Week facilitator Alex Baguley says that event was the highlight of his week so far, but expects a big turnout for this weekend' events. "The attendance for the Family Fun Day was not as big as we'd expected, but it was still bigger than last year, so it's building up," Baguley tells "Our most popular event so far was the Women's Night on Friday, packed with over 300 people – a nice surprise to see so many." Events since then have each seen around 30-40 people enjoy a gay business meeting, quiz night, bears' group, ice skating and lunch for older lesbians. Tonight features events for young and older – a Q-Topia Open Night for youth, and a '30 Years On' dinner for those who were involved in the 1970's gay liberation movement. Tickets for tomorrow night's Fantasy Ball at the Bedford are still available from Sophie's Café, the Bedford and the Roger Wright Centre on Hereford Street. The dress-up event will be hosted by Miss Mole, with DJ Danice providing the music. Saturday night features Q-topia's Bingo and Cruz nightclub's awards event hosted by Miss Joanne Clarke, before Pride Week wraps up on Sunday with the Lambda Trampers' walk of the Mount Sinclair route, and Chch's LGBT Business Association's community dinner at Wagamana and movie night at the Regent on Worcester. Full details about Christchurch Pride Week are on the official website.    

Credit: Daily News Staff

First published: Thursday, 21st May 2009 - 4:14pm

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