Story: Parades and protest marches

Masked protest, 1981

Masked protest, 1981

From the late 1960s protest marchers adopted the masks, costumes and antics of Mardi Gras parades and protested their causes through street theatre. It was an effective way of attracting public and (especially) media attention. This masked troupe leads an anti-Springbok-tour street march in May 1981. The central figure is a caricature of Prime Minister Robert Muldoon.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1981/1669/13

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Parades and protest marches - Protest marches, 1980s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010