Here is our grandson Alexander taking part in the children's book week parade held each year in Walkerston. The theme this year was 'Story Bridge'. Alexanded kept telling his mother all week that he did not ndded a costume, his class was not dressing up - guess what, when he got up today he said yes he did need a costume. I can'r remember what he wanted, but definitely impossible at 7am on the day, to be ready before school started at 9am. He is an alien, which I think looks pretty good.
The Library goes to an enormous amount of trouble and the primary schools in the area all take part. The main street is closed for a couple of hours and they march down the centre of the road - Alexander's class took this very literately and tried to keep on the centre line! Some of the costumes are just wonderful and so innovative. This seems to be taking the place of the fancy dress balls we had as children. I never hear of those happening now, not sophisticated enough for today's children I suppose.
I loved Bill and Ben the Flowerpot men, not sure what the other characters are.
Here is another selection. I think there would have been a couple of hundred children and teachers all dressed up.
I am never going to have time to work out how to make montages of the photos, so here is one of the grevilleas flowering in the Gardens, I have no idea which one, except that it is native to this area.
Here is a closeup. This is one of my favourites with the wonderful golden tips at the edge of the flowers. You should click to enlarge to get the best effect.