Wellington’s America’s Cup Parade

New Zealand likes a good parade to celebrate sporting success and usually that starts as a one off in Auckland. Before long, Wellington are shouting from the roof tops for their own parade before Christchurch and Dunedin join in.

America’s Cup was no different and Wellington (like it always does!) got it’s way. Whats better is that while Auckland was wet, windy and miserable. Wellington laid out the sunshine and showed its best side.

I got to the parade route nice and early, setting myself up at the start with a perfect uninterrupted view looking directly at parliament’s gates where it would all begin.

I mainly focused on the photography side of things for this event but I did manage to juggle three cameras and get a few small clips.

New Zealand's parliament grounds
New Zealand’s parliament grounds

The parade started in front of parliament with a few speeches and then made its way down the main drive to the street.

Police bikes wait to escort the parade
Police bikes wait to escort the parade

The parade was escorted by the police and ‘Event 1’.

Event 1 waits to lead the parade
Event 1 waits to lead the parade

After the police bikes, police car, and ‘Event 1’, a lone piper lead the parade through Wellington. Yes, I’m fully aware there is a lot of leading here.

A lone piper walks the parade through Wellington
A lone piper walks the parade through Wellington

With all the leading over, Emirates Team New Zealand made their way along the parade route aboard other sponsors, Toyota vehicles.*

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Somehow a bunch of pirates (guessing from the Caribbean) ended up in the parade.

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Emirates staff got first class seats riding alongside the team.

Emirates First Class tickets come with world class friends
Emirates First Class tickets come with world class friends

Finally the Auld Mug made it’s appearance accompanied by it’s minder (guy walking next to the car on right) and leading members of the team.

The Auld Mug (America's Cup)
The Auld Mug (America’s Cup)

 

The cup makes its way through the parade
The cup makes its way through the parade

And here’s the small video that’s on my second Instagram (Go follow me: @calvinphotographs)

*This paragraph is not sponsored by any company. Neither is this article either. Also, I do not apologise for the terrible jokes included!