A colourful sea of more than 280 Westpac staff, family and friends hit Ponsonby Rd on Saturday to march together in the 2016 Auckland Pride Parade.
Amidst flags, face paint and giant balloons, New Zealand's famous drag queen Miss Ribena and friends took centre stage on Westpac’s float waving to the crowds and dancing to its large sound system.
Celebrations started mid-afternoon in a glam zone outside Westpac’s Ponsonby branch with Red Bull drinks, a Dj and other activities including a colourful wall to write on.
Miss Ribena says the energy Westpac brought to the day was just incredible.
“The party was hands in the air and totally livened Ponsonby Rd up. It was the best thing that happened.”
The iconic drag entertainer has been part of every Pride Parade since they started in 1998, known then as the Hero Parade.
One of her biggest highlights of the day was meeting Fran Wilde finally after 30 years.
“It was just mind-blowing that I got to meet the woman that has helped our community so much.”
She says it was also fabulous to see so many people don the colourful Westpac shirts and support the parade.
“Westpac’s diversity is leading the way. There were mums, dads, children, and even a granddad. One of the team had his straight flatmates marching in the parade with him. It was magic.”
In 2014, Westpac NZ became one of the first companies in New Zealand to be awarded the Rainbow Tick, and the very first to get it on the first attempt.
Marked against criteria based on international best practice, they were awarded it again last year and continue to build a strong culture of diversity and inclusiveness.