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Fri 24 Apr 2015, 12:30pm–2:00pm

Where: Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Buckle St, Mt Cook, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

A spectacular parade commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli landings will weave its way through Wellington on Friday 24 April – the day before Anzac Day.

One of the highlights of the week-long programme of Anzac anniversary events, the parade will include military personnel, vintage war machinery and a special fly-over of vintage World War I aircraft.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says: “The centenary of Gallipoli is hugely important for New Zealand, and the parade will really set the stage for the commemorative events and put a global spotlight on Wellington.”

The lunchtime parade will start at Parliament and finish at the new Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

Vintage World War 1 vehicles, uniformed military personal, marching and pipe bands, a six horse gun carriage and a vintage biplane flyover all feature in this once in a lifetime parade to mark the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day.

The parade will travel along Lambton Quay, Willis Street and Wakefield Street, before heading up Taranaki Street where two howitzer guns and two British World War I tanks will be stationed. At Pukeahu National War Memorial Park the parade will be greeted by Mayor Wade-Brown and other dignitaries.

The parade is one event in a busy week of commemorations jointly planned by a number of agencies including the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, New Zealand Defence Force and Department of Internal Affairs.

(Image: Smith, Sydney Charles, 1888-1972: Anzac Day parade at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.)

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