Con­tact Grand Pro­ces­sion

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Known as the cor­ner­stone of the Alexan­dra Blos­som Fes­ti­val, the Con­tact Grand Pro­ces­sion draws thou­sands of peo­ple to Cen­ten­nial Ave as they line the street to view the colour­ful floats and ve­hi­cles on dis­play. The flo­ral pro­ces­sion and car­ni­val at­mos­phere en­sures a pul­sat­ing cel­e­bra­tion and daz­zling dis­play of spring spirit. The floats, com­pet­i­tive and non-com­pet­i­tive, and other en­tries in the pro­ces­sion demon­strate the com­mit­ment from the com­mu­nity to be part of the 55th fes­ti­val. Hundreds of hours have been spent by vol­un­teers build­ing and dec­o­rat­ing the floats, with this year’s themes in­clud­ing Noddy, Noah’s Ark, Buzzy Bee and Trans­form­ers. The Alexan­dra Pipe Band will again lead the pro­ces­sion of in­tri­cately de­signed eye-catch­ing floats, bands, walk­ing groups and spe­cial ve­hi­cles. Nine floats will vie for the cov­eted ti­tle of ‘‘Best Float’’, while the pop­u­lar con­tem­po­rary cat­e­gory, which was first in­tro­duced to the pro­ces­sion last year, will be back again this year. This cat­e­gory al­lows for floats to be made of ma­te­ri­als other than the tra­di­tional pa­per flow­ers. An­other new cat­e­gory has been in­tro­duced this year – the ‘‘Crazy Car’’ cat­e­gory, which gives peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to get their old banger out and dec­o­rate it with pas­sion and flair.

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