Each year, our incredible creative team get together to discuss new content, new ideas and how to top the year from last.

Many of our ideas come from our team, however, we look to our Executive committee to find out their input on ‘what’s hot’ as well as our social media platforms to get an expert opinion from those who know best; Parents!

2017 is going to provide another show stopper! We have three brand new float entries, which we are so excited about!

1. Steampunk

Design

Steampunk is exactly what it says on the tin; think technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery!
Sound like your cup of tea? We thought so…


Float

We have many floats that have been built and adapted over the years. This year we wanted to create a come overhaul of one of our, albeit, classics, DINO.
He will receive a complete steam punk make over, bringing him into the 19th century and beyond!

Take a look at the ideas we have in store. . .



2. Living the (Kiwi) Dream


This float was inspired by that perfect kiwi way of living that the rest of the world look to adopt. In this instance, the float came before the costuming – it is a renaissance of the Flower Power float.

This is a sketch of Pete’s vision for this float with many more adaptations to be added:



Design
When assessing this float, the costume design team, had some great ideas for the costuming, using penguins and a super fun soundtrack so, watch this space . . .

We have many floats that have been built and adapted over the years. This year we wanted to create a come overhaul of one of our, albeit, classics, DINO.
He will receive a complete steam punk make over, bringing him into the 19th century and beyond! Take a look at the ideas we have in store. . . He will receive a complete steam punk make over, bringing him into the 19th century and beyond! Take a look at the ideas we have in store. . .


3. KIDS ROCK!

Float & Design


As self-explanatory as this sounds, the creative team wanted a float where kids could ‘rock out’ too! With some awesome hits and a dance along party for all parade spectators! The costume team have some great rock and roll costumes as well as instruments to really sell the story! See the float mock up below. . .


4. Inflatables

Our inflatables are something everyone in the backroom gets really excited about. These are mainly shipped over from America or Canada and due to another holiday on at the same time as the parade (Thanksgiving), we compete to ensure we have the utmost content that the children and families will enjoy!

This year we have the 4 Madagascar helium penguins, as well as everyone’s classic favourite, My Little Pony: