It has been labelled one of many greatest crowds but.
On Saturday each man, lady, baby — and their canines — descended on Arrowtown for the thirty sixth Arrowtown Autumn Pageant’s major day of festivities, together with the ever-popular group road parade.
Nary a park was to be present in or across the historic village, and many individuals meandered from one finish of the city to the opposite to get to Buckingham St, the place the motion was centred.
Some determined to save lots of themselves the hassle of jostling for a parking lot — automobiles lined the highway reserve alongside Malaghans Rd, previous the Millbrook Cricket Membership, and Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Rd as an alternative.
The city centre itself was a hive of exercise all day.
The NZ Veterans Brass Band entertained the crowds with two performances, whereas different buskers and entertainers arrange on Ramshaw Lane, the place the colourful Autumn Fest market day was held.
Classic automobiles had been additionally on show.
Punters might get their fill of the whole lot from whitebait patties to dumplings and barbecue, and all kinds of arts, crafts and artisan merchandise had been on show for these trying to purchase one thing quintessentially Kiwi.
The Otago Goldfields Heritage Belief New Zealand gold panning championships had been held on Butler’s Inexperienced.
Together with the hotly-contested aggressive classes, folks had been invited to have a go and had been allowed to maintain any gold they discovered.
Leisure was continuous all day on Buckingham Inexperienced, together with trapeze and twine performances and a Latin dance show.
However the city stopped simply after 2pm as 1000’s of individuals vied for the very best vantage level alongside Buckingham St to soak up the 2021 road parade.
Led by the Southern Lakes Highland Pipe Band, it included the Arrow Miners Band, Buckingham Belles, Arrowtown Scouts, stilt walkers, acrobats, jugglers, Hearth and Emergency NZ, the Arrowtown Life-style Retirement Village, gardening golf equipment, faculties, sports activities golf equipment, representatives from completely different migrant communities and the classic automobiles.
Arrowtown Preschool’s float, received first prize for the group float.
Yesterday’s Autumn Pageant programme included the well-attended Anzac Day commemorations, in addition to a splash up, and down, Tobin’s Observe or, for these less-inclined to run uphill, a run alongside the Arrow River Millennium Observe, and a canine present.
The competition concludes at this time with the sold-out Pie, Pint and Pinot occasion, together with different free leisure, together with the Shotover Nation Music Membership Live performance, from 1pm at Buckingham Inexperienced.