Cuba Street Carnival Parade – 2009

February 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm | Posted in Event Review | 1 Comment
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Another two years another Parade!

February 21, 2009 by

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The Parade was bigger this time – at least it took longer to go by!The Cuba Street Carnival is a biannual event and seems to get bigger everyother year.

The Parade began with some rollerbladers/rollerskaters – just to warm thr crowd up, or maybe they got bored waiting in the marshalling area and went for a spin. Then it was a bathroom; a convoy of two: a man in a smoking jacket on a commode and a women in a towel in a washbasin. This couple really did get the crowd going. Then the New Zealand Army Band came along and the Parade began for real. The Band got several rounds of applause – they played well and often marched in a most unmilitary way!

Second up was a small group of young women who might have been cheerleaders out of uniform – no pompoms – who resembled a sportwear add. Oh well, some of the younger members of the crowd enjoyed the poses.

After that, things became bit of a blur: belly dancers, bohda in a lotus flower, scenes from some opera (actually the Tarrant Dance Studio / Footnote), women in bad taste 70’s lycra, a Chinese Dragon (Wellington Chinese Sports and Cultural Centre), pole dancing (!! – two poles), samba dancers, a flying saucer (Kazaam Blam), body paint models (nice surfing theme), skeletons, various dancers, a circus float and some wind theme float from a power company. Well done to the support team that pushed the broken down Bedford truck most of the way.

The samba dancers were the best, the Parade really needs more of these groups. I remember four, there may have been more, but they didn’t stand out. The Tauranga Samba crowd look very well organised (costumes and choreography), they were loud, and looked like they were enjoying themselves. The Pineapple themed group had great costumes and float. The samba group – Wellington Batucada – that choose deep sea fish are to be congratulated – great costumes, great choreography, and great story : the dancers as orange roughy fish were constantly menanced by deepsea predators, that had huge teeth. They were loud too. There was technology themed samba group who wore black T-shorts with a digital graphic display on their chests – they were loud and their displayed confirmed it. The displays pulsed up and down with the music. I think Pump Dance were the pick of the other dancers – in terms of energy.

So roll on 2011, and maybe there will be more samba groups.



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  1. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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