Thank you, Queenstown.
NZSki chief executive James Coddington’s placard said it all for his company’s float during the Winter Festival Street Parade in Queenstown today.
NZSki was among community groups and local businesses which walked, drove, rode bikes and cartwheeled through central Queenstown streets in a family-fuelled second day of festival.
Staff from Cardrona, dressed in clown costumes, encouraged the crowd to do a “snow dance”, while Coddington led his staff with his personal message paying tribute for all the help during a tough start to the winter season.
Queenstown Primary won the best community float, taking away prizes donated by each business involved in the parade. Bumbles Backpackers took out the best float for local businesses, and are the first owners of a new parade trophy carved by the Ngai Tahu iwi.
Festival-goers then took their kids down to Earnslaw Park for the McDonald’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic, complete with bouncy castle, snowman and magic show by Ronald McDonald himself.
The day brought out not only tourists, but local families who got into the WinterFest spirit this afternoon.
“It’s great for the locals as well – I’ve seen so many local children and families out here,” Queenstowner Mark White says.
White says that the biggest hit of the day with his kids was the bouncy castle – his children “were there straight away”.