Although the weather forecasts had predicted heavy rain for today, the sunny weather we've been having for the past week held until after the parade was over.
(I'm only including a selection of some of the 200+ shots happily snapped after finally grabbing some new, and importantly empty, memory cards. Next target, a decent telephoto lens!)
Waiting for the show to begin...
Under way at last...
Spectators getting bathed in confetti
... or using all manner of vantage points(Gran's room at the "Retirement Villas" suddenly became hot property for the Grandkids...)
The Christchurch Airport Fire Department wasn't content to miss out on the action though...
...giving the float in front a good shower to cool off, with its high tech high pressure hose ;)
But this was not enough to drown out this Japanese cultural group, whose energetic drumming really captured the crowd's attention:
However, there were still some "reminders" on show too...
Haunted, no "Munted" House - a Christchurch speciality!
... And "AfterSocks"!
But the day was really about the kids, of which there were many out and about:
There's nothing quite like lazily strolling in and out of your own gate a few minutes before/after the event, while everyone else faces a long trudge to their cars, and an even longer wait in the ensuring traffic jams. Ah... when Santa comes to