Cre­ative floats wow pa­rade crowd

Day en­joyed by all de­spite con­tro­ver­sial ban­ning of anti-abor­tion float

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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