Everything you need to know about the Big Gay Out

This year the Auckland rainbow community celebrates 20 years of the Big Gay Out.

There are some changes this year so here's everything you need to know whether you're a newbie or a veteran.

Family First:
 

The first thing you need to know is that this event is family friendly. It's nothing like any parade you may have seen on television that potentially put you off attending.

There's plenty of food available, ranging from your typical hot dogs and chips, to a selection of ethnic cuisine cooked on location.

Getting there:
 

Coyle Park is right at the end of Point Chevalier Rd, and unless you plan on getting there a couple of hours early then you can forget the idea of getting a parking spot on any of the nearby streets. You could try your luck but you'll end up driving in circles for an hour wishing you'd chosen one of these options.

Bus: There's a bus running every ten minutes from Family Bar on Karangahape Road from 11.30 with return services running until 8.10pm.

There are a couple of public bus routes that will get you close to the park. 

Route 66: Runs from Sylvia Park through Penrose, Royal Oak, Mt Roskill, Mt Albert and then Pt Chevalier.

Route 18: Runs from the central city through Grey Lynn, past MOTAT and the zoo then the Pt Chevalier shops. You'll then need to walk about 20 minutes to the park itself.

The city bound route 18 leaves New Lynn and travels up Great North Rd to the same block of shops.

Max Wooding performing at the Big Gay Out
Max Wooding performing at the Big Gay Out Photo credit: Ending HIV/Evan Donnelly

Outer Link: From Ponsonby Road, through Herne Bay, Jervois Road, then Westmere, getting to the intersection of Meola and Walford Rd, where you will need to walk a short distance to Coyle Park

Route 133: This leaves Henderson and joins the Northwestern Motorway and gets off at Point Chevalier. You'll need to walk from the shops to the park.

Uber: Catching an Uber from Britomart to Coyle Park will cost up to $25, so long as there is no surge pricing.

Weather:
 

Most forecasters are agreeing that there is a small to moderate chance of a shower or two on Sunday, but its Auckland so it's always a possibility anyway.

Proof that everyone is welcome.
Proof that everyone is welcome. Photo credit: Ending HIV/Evan Donnelly

WeatherWatch.co.nz has forecast 25 degrees with a 35 percent chance of rain, while the MetService is forecasting a high of 27 degrees with a shower or two in the afternoon.

All Change:
 

The first thing you will notice is that the stage area has moved to the southern end of the park, and the market stalls are closer to the water.

Make change by giving it:
 

Remember this event is entirely free so keep this in mind when you're asked for a donation by the volunteers collecting on behalf of the NZ Aids Foundation.

There will also be a team of MediaWorks staff there collecting donations as well.

Wear Protection:
 

Make sure you bring some sunscreen, a bottle of water, and maybe a poncho just in case.

Happy Pride!

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