Creative floats wow parade crowd
Day enjoyed by all despite controversial banning of anti-abortion float
Despite an unborn foetus float being banned from the Alexandra Blossom Festival parade, thousands of people lined the streets on Saturday to take a look at the hard work put in by float builders. Smurfs, hobbits, sherpas and mad hatters at a tea party were all part the 57th annual Alexandra Blossom Festival grand procession, which attracted about 10,000 people. The nine competitive floats wowed the crowds with their vibrant colours and attention to detail as they floated by with waving princesses. Another float built by the Life is Precious group, dubbed ‘‘Biggles to the Rescue’’, was banned after it was deemed inappropriate. The float featured a 12-week-old foetus with signs saying ‘‘ Who will save me?’’ and ‘‘Adoption will save me’’. The $2000 People’s Choice prize went to the St Gerards School ‘‘Smurfs’’ float. The school was also awarded the Best Floral float. Blossom Festival committee chairwoman Clair Higginson said the smurfs float received 1424 votes, more than 400 votes more than any other float. Event organiser Martin McPherson said about 7000 people packed into Pioneer Park after the parade
with Princess Paloma Kelly to soak in the sun. ‘‘The weather has been great. The feedback on this year’s festival has been overwhelmingly positive,’’ Mr McPherson said.
Best Floral: St Gerards School ‘‘The Smurfs’’
Best School: The Terrance School ‘‘Hobbits’’ Best Contemporary: Alexandra and Dunstan Lions Club ‘‘We knocked the bastard off’’.
Favourite float: St Gerard’s School floatThe Smurfs won the People’s Choice award.
People’s Choice: St Gerards School ‘‘The Smurfs’’ Most Innovative and Creative: Alzheimer’s Society Central Otago ‘‘I don’t see what you see’’.
Great day out: Taine Ballentyne, 4.