Behind the door of a large panelbeating shed down Boundary Rd is a burst of colour and a room full of chatter, laughter, hammering, painting, cutting and the folding of flowers.
Alexandra Men’s Shed members and Alexandra Youth Forum members are among those using the shed to work on floats for this Saturday’s annual parade.
There are eight floats in this year’s parade— and while numbers are on par with last year, and lower than previous years— spirits are strong and imagination and creative flair is shining with new floats on the go.
The Youth Forum members are determined to go down the street in style and, with the help of the handy skills of the Men’s Shed members, have created a float inspired by the Hunger Games book and film.
Alexandra and Districts Youth Trust team leader and youth worker Sharon Waples said the float was entirely designed by youth members who had been at the shed every night helping out.
‘‘They have been really amped about it. This year they are doing a whole new float. They decided they wanted to do something completely different. We have gone with the tradition of trying to put as many flowers on as possible, and we have had help from parents to show us how to fold them properly.’’
The Youth Forum would be revealing its new name and logo at the parade, she said.
Youth Forum member Arran
At work: From front, Alexandra Youth Forum member Arran McNabb, helper Crystal Blondell, 8, float princess Carrie Shirley, youth worker Sharon Waples and Alexandra Men’s Shed members Ayson Harris and Les Peter putting some finishing touches to theHunger Games- inspired float.