International Gay Polo Tournament Set To Return To Wellington In April

One of Wellington’s most anticipated events of the spring season is one that welcomes individuals from around the world for a weekend of vibrant fun. The annual fête, the International Gay Polo Tournament, inspires awareness for inclusiveness and equality. It is one of the most colorful events to take over Wellington, and plans for the 2024 event are already off to a strong start.

Back again as title sponsor is Lexus, known for its commitment to luxury, innovation, amazing experiences and supporting organizations that are making impactful change for diverse communities around the world.

The 2024 event will take place from April 4 to 6 at the Patagones Polo Club and will again create a culture of togetherness, equality and high fashion, to inspire and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in sports and beyond.

The robust itinerary will feature new and exciting components to be announced soon, but will follow tradition by hosting the annual Players Welcome Reception (by invitation) on Thursday, April 4, the wildly popular GPL Polotini Wigstock party on Friday, April 5 featuring cocktails, light bites, a themed wig contest and a fabulous drag show that will captivate audiences.

Saturday, April 6 is reserved for the “main event” tournament and tailgate competition, where players from around the world will compete during both the Senator’s Cup and the Founders Cup. Spectators and friends are invited to participate in the always popular tailgate competition. Tailgaters are already dreaming up their whimsical tablescapes and décor in preparation for the fun-spirited competitiveness that lines the polo field, with each tailgate becoming its own experience that collectively contributes to the overall exhilaration of the day. Coveted awards for Best in Show, Best Cuisine, Best Cocktail, Best Single Tailgate and Best Multiple Tailgate are up for grabs.

“While this event is a fun and competitive one, it is the desire for equality that pushes us to do more each year,” Gay Polo League founder Chip McKenney said. “We are excited about the new components this year that we will be announcing soon and are forever grateful for the unwavering commitment of Lexus for doing all they can do to enact change.”

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