Masked Parade & Carnivale

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Masked Parade & Carnivale

Past Event

The iconic Nelson Masked Parade & Carnivale wrapped up the Nelson Arts Festival with a whirlwind of colour, mask and performance.

The parade theme for 2018 was Weird & Wonderful, which was fully embraced by all who took part.

Pre-school award – Nelson Montessori
Non-School Group, Runner up – Nelson Repertory Theatre
Non-School Group, Winner – Simple Cells
Individual, Runner up – Karl Wulff
Individual, Winner – Mike Ward
School Group, Runner up – St Joseph’s School
School Group, Winner – Mahana School

As well as the trophy, they win flights for two between Nelson and Wellington or Paraparaumu from Sounds Air.

Plus, the Nutty Costume Award, winners of a tub of Pic’s Peanut Butter – Nelson Central School Eyeballs

CARNIVALE: Following the parade, there was music, street performances, a dedicated youth-friendly zone, food stalls and so much more! The Hardy Street Maimai of Bass, featuring DJ Grant Smithies, had the street jumping with an eclectic mix of soul, funk, disco, African and Jamaican music, and anything else that took his fancy.

Nelson came together in a family-friendly celebration to close the 2018 Nelson Arts Festival. Thank you.

2019 will be the 25th Nelson Arts Festival and Masked Parade! 

The theme for the 2019 parade is DISCOVERY!
From Kupe to Cook to Curie, Da Vinci to Darwin to Dora the Explorer, what does discovery mean to you?

Upper Trafalgar & Hardy Streets

Fri 26 Oct, 5.30pm (Parade), 6.30–10pm (Carnivale)


Proudly supported by:

Nelson Youth Council   


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