Festival parade impresses

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Locals and visitors alike turned out in force to watch Winter Festival’s colourful street parade today.

Some 33 floats trekked through downtown streets at midday as part of the festival’s second day of celebrations.

Judges were impressed by the community’s effort and the quality of the floats, Oaks Hotels and Resorts marketing coordinator Luke Ashall says

“The life and soul of the community has gone into the floats. It’s Queenstown showcasing its best.”

Queenstown Primary’s bus – smothered in pictures drawn by school kids – collected $4500 worth of prizes for winning the top community float.

Local firefighter Lyall McGregor’s singing antics helped Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade’s float secure such a close second that parade sponsors Oaks Hotels and Resorts threw in another $500 worth of prizes for the effort.

Movie merchandise supplier and parade regulars Reel Collectibles won the business category with its posse of Star Wars characters hitting the streets.