The Con­tact Grand Pro­ces­sion

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All that hard work has fi­nally paid off and it’s now time to show off your hand­made float. That’s right, it’s time for The Con­tact Grand Pro­ces­sion!

The Pro­ces­sion jour­neys along Cen­ten­nial Ave from 11.45am on Satur­day Septem­ber 26, the Grand Pro­ces­sion will be one of the many high­lights of this year’s Fes­ti­val. Thou­sands of spec­ta­tors will line Cen­ten­nial Av­enue to wit­ness the pro­ces­sion of colour­ful hand­crafted floats, lo­cal groups, en­ter­tain­ment and more. These will be pa­raded down the Av­enue to Pi­o­neer Park where spec­ta­tors can then en­joy a range of ac­tiv­i­ties, en­ter­tain­ment and events! The Pro­ces­sion it­self, how­ever, is a much-loved part of the fes­ti­val as it show­cases the won­der­ful tal­ent and skills of the Cen­tral Otago com­mu­nity. Hun­dreds of hours are spent by vol­un­teers build­ing and dec­o­rat­ing the floats, and this in­cludes groups, teams, fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als get­ting on board to help. The Pro­ces­sion is also the corner­stone of the an­nual spring event which first be­gan in the 1950s high­light­ing the Cen­tral Otago area and the start of a new sea­son. The strik­ing flo­ral pa­rade and car­ni­val at­mos­phere al­ways brings thou­sands of visi­tors to the town, and the 2015 Fes­ti­val is sure to be no ex­cep­tion.

Last year the Pro­ces­sion fea­tured nine floats, more than 70 trucks, vintage cars and trac­tors, four pipe bands, the Mos­giel Brass Band, gym­nasts, marchers, clowns, stilt walk­ers, and the Con­tact Float fea­tur­ing the win­ning Se­nior Queen Pat Lines. Chil­dren also play a huge part in the Pro­ces­sion each year with pri­mary schools, com­mu­nity groups and sports teams tak­ing part in this wide-reach­ing event. The chil­dren have also had some great suc­cesses within the Pro­ces­sion. Last year Alexan­dra Pri­mary School walked away with the ti­tle of Best School’s Float with ‘The Mup­pets Celebrate 150’. At the time, the school was cel­e­brat­ing their 150 year ju­bilee and pupils were fa­mil­iar with the re­cent Muppet movies. School par­ents, both cur­rent and ex, con­structed the float base and de­sign with Matt Fowler Pain­ters spon­sor­ing the paint for the base. Pupils cre­ated Miss Piggy and Ker­mit us­ing pa­per mache, as well as glu­ing on the flow­ers, and the en­tire process took seven weeks. Nu­mer­ous peo­ple were in­volved, in­clud­ing Pa­per Plus and Pi­o­neer Gen­er­a­tion as spon­sors, Delta pro­vid­ing a big shed for the stor­age of the float and New World pro­vid­ing them with crepe pa­per. Alexan­dra Pri­mary School teacher Fiona Mack­ley says it was ‘‘lovely’’ to win a prize as it took a lot of work to un­der­take.

‘‘Ev­ery­body de­serves to win a prize or be ac­knowl­edged, as the im­por­tant thing is keep­ing the com­mu­nity spirit alive.’’

2014 Float Win­ners

‘‘Frozen" Alexan­dra and Clyde Com­bined Lions Clubs ‘‘May the Odds be for­ever in your Favour’’, Alexan­dra and Dis­tricts Youth Fo­rum.

‘‘Wicked Waves’’, Alexan­dra White­wa­ter Club.

‘‘Frozen" Alexan­dra and Clyde Com­bined Lions Clubs.

" The Mup­pets Celebrate 150’ Alexan­dra Pri­mary School.

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