Keai and Emer Ruane with Asha Trill showcasing their masks during a workshop at Pic’s Peanut Butter World. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Colourful creativity set to hit streets with parade


The 25th annual Mask Parade promises to be a festival of colour and creativity when it pours through Nelson’s streets on Friday.

Mask Parade and Carnivale coordinator Annie Pokel says the discovery theme will make for plenty of creativity.

She says there will be about 300 masks up for grabs for those wanting to join in on the festivities but may not have the means to make a mask.

Annie says the night will culminate with music, dancing and the Piki Mai lighting extravaganza.

To add even more anticipation to the event, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will sit on the judging panel.

“I don’t think we’ve quite grasped the impact that might have.”

Annie says there has also been a fantastic response from the migrant community with a large contingent of Colombian refugees set to showcase their culture during the parade.

A team of children got started on their mask creations during a workshop at Pic’s Peanut Butter World last week. The parade starts at 5.30pm from Montgomery Square with the Carnivale starting at about 6.30pm.

If wet, the parade will be postponed until Sunday, 20 October.