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Last updated 05:00 31/01/2013
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ANDREW GORRIE/Fairfax NZ

RIGHT SPIRIT: The Batucada hit the right note when it comes to getting Sevens fans into a party mood. 

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A carnival atmosphere will be created when the Wellington Batucada hit the streets along with the international teams involved in this year's Hertz Sevens rugby tournament.

The community band of about 35 members will be performing Latin-inspired beats as the 16 teams parade along Lambton Quay to Civic Square today.

They will also act as a "pied piper band" enticing Sevens-goers from party central in Odlins Plaza along the waterfront and into Westpac Stadium tomorrow and Saturday, principal director Tim Cooke says.

"We always make a big noise. People can always hear us coming.

"It's akin to the Carnival atmosphere and we are influenced by Brazil's Carnival bands. It's the perfect party atmosphere, which is what we're all about."

The band has been involved with the Sevens for about 10 years, initially performing inside the stadium on the concourse.

"We'd have this massive crowd of people enjoying the drumming, jumping up and down. If you stood still where the people were jumping around, the stadium would be moving."

However, their performances proved too popular, restricting movement around the concourse, he says.

Since then they have performed at the entrance to the stadium, and more recently acted as the musical accompaniment to the team parade.

For today's performance, the band will be dressed in Batucada uniforms, but for the following two days, members have created their own superhero costumes, which helps to get everyone in the party mood, he says.

They will set off from Odlins Plaza about 1.30pm tomorrow and Saturday, creating a parade of costumed attendees as they go.

THE DETAILS

The International Rugby Sevens Street Parade runs from 12.45pm till 2pm. It starts at the corner of Ballance St and Lambton Quay and runs along Lambton Quay, and Willis and Mercer streets, finishing at Civic Square, where Mayor Celia Wade- Brown will welcome the teams.

Parade assembly: 7am till 1.30pm

Stout St between Lambton Quay and Ballance St

Ballance St between Lambton Quay and Stout St

During parade: 12.15pm till 1.30pm

Lambton Quay Between Whitmore and Willis streets
Willis St between Lambton Quay/Willeston St intersection and Manners St
Mercer St between Willis and Victoria streets
Victoria St between Harris and Mercer streets, includes Mercer St/Wakefield St intersection drop-off area
Wakefield St northern side, between Victoria and Cuba streets

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