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Reminder - double street parade fun tomorrow!

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22 September 2005

Reminder - double street parade fun tomorrow!

Wellingtonians will have double the fun tomorrow with two exciting street parades through the city – one welcoming 250 international athletes and the other celebrating the opening of the Montana World of WearableArt™ Awards Show.

World Mountain Running Championship athletes from 29 countries have arrived in the city, but the public kick-off to the event is the procession through the city streets at midday. The massive group of mountain runners will be led from Midland Park to Civic Square by the RNZAF Band. They will be welcomed by mana whenua and Mayor Kerry Prendergast in Civic Square.

Meanwhile, the artistic and colourful street parade to celebrate Montana WOW® Awards Show will be gathering at Parliament ready for a wacky and outrageous procession through the central city. The parade, starting at 12.45pm, will leave Parliament, go along Lambton Quay, Willis Street, into Mercer Street and cross Victoria Street before entering Civic Square for a Mayoral welcome.

Themed Excessive Accessories, this parade will showcase more than 50 works from community designers, Vincents Art Workshop, the Learning Connexion and Whitireia Design School. The works include crocodile shoes 1.5 metres long, giant Dame Edna glasses, a human-sized cell phone, ridiculously large hats, and a three metre square inflatable handbag on wheels.

This parade is one of the key ways the Council is welcoming the Montana WOW® Awards to town. It will also include some props and supporting costumes from the WOW® art department plus a host of way-out stilt walkers, performers and musicians.

World Mountain Running Champs Parade Midland Park to Civic Square 11.55am start
Excessive Accessories Street Parade Parliament to Civic Square 12.45pm start

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