Great gay day out is one for all

16:00, Jan 19 2014
Miss Ribena
TALK IT UP: Drag queen MC Miss Ribena addresses the crowd.

The only things brighter than the sunshine at the weekend's Out in the Square festival were the costumes.

Thousands attended Saturday's free gay rights fair, featuring food and market stalls and live entertainment headlined by musician Anika Moa in Civic Square. The annual event was established in 1986 to garner support for the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, and through the decades has maintained itself as "a fair for a fair law", organiser Tea Kearney Torbinio said.

While promoting gay rights was still a focus, the 2014 event was more about celebrating past achievements. "This year was a great one for us, as we got marriage equality - that was a milestone."

The fair had grown into a family event over the years, Ms Kearney Torbinio said. "There were a lot of kids around."

This year the weather also turned on a good show. "We had one of those beautiful days that Wellington sometimes gives."

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