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20:18, Feb 01 2013
Wellington Sevens 2013: Costumes
Costumed Sevens fans, left to right, Shaun Blaygrove, Craig Cogan, Andrew Robinson, and Alistair Henwood.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Costumes
Tui cans and a breathalyzer, left to right, Matt Lewis, Sam Phillips, Damien Cameron, Andrew Cameron, and Pete Rathod.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Costumes
Costumed Sevens fans hit the city early.
Wellington Sevens costume
Dressed as Patrick and Spongebob Squarepants are, from left, Sue and Paul Smith from Nelson.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of Fruit Bursts leaving for the Sevens.
Wellington Sevens costume
Kylie Achilles and Travers Hart arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Simon and Charlotte McGillen arrive at Westpac Stadium, dressed as anime characters Goku and Sailor Moon.
Wellington Sevens costume
The Avengers, or at least, an Iron Man and two Captain Americas.
Wellington Sevens costume
Aaron Coxon, Krishan Roy, Bashneel Narayan, Sandeep Kumar, and Raajal Nand arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Travis Leippi and Frank Keating arrive at Westpac Stadium in two of the more common costume varieties.
Wellington Sevens costume
Sean Moss and Jason Tinker barely squeeze into Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Abbie and Tom Featherston reenact the famous V-J Day photo as they arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of Sherrifs arrive, determined to clean up the place.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of Care Bears arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Sevens fans arrive at Westpac Stadium in Zebra-based costumes.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of iPod Nanos arrive at Westpac Stadium, complete with earbuds.
Wellington Sevens costume
A blue mass of Sullys from the film Monsters Inc arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Thomas Brown of Inglewood arrives at Westpac Stadium as a Shuttlecock. Wrong sport!
Wellington Sevens costume
Tim Burton fans Darren Ainsley and Fraser Smith arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
No, this isn't an intricate group costume, it's the police presence on the Westpac Stadium concourse.
Wellington Sevens costume
Iron Man Alexis Banas and Captain America Paul Anderson, of both Auckland and The Avengers.
Wellington Sevens costume
Once again, some big babies arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
The Harlem Globetrotters arrive at Westpac Stadium, ready to play the wrong type of ball.
Wellington Sevens costume
Critics call Sevens fans "mindless" all the time, but we doubt this is what they had in mind.
Wellington Sevens costume
Whacky Waving Inflatable Arm-flailing Tubemen, along with some runners.
Wellington Sevens costume
Di Clarke and Al Cameron bring some comic-book fun to Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Geoff and Nathaniel Moug arrive as twin Mr. Potato Heads.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of Oommpa Loommpa's arrive.
Wellington Sevens costume
Loren, Paula and Holly Collins arrive as a group of Ariels from The Little Mermaid.
Wellington Sevens costume
The "Bathtub Girls" arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Snow Globes from all over the world arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Kelly Miller, Laura Nolan, Cat Scannell, Bayley Paukau, Teresa O'Neil and Helena Reynolds of Wales arrive as Trolls.
Wellington Sevens costume
Iron Men, or two Iron Mans, arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
A school of clown fish arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Exit Signs Stanley Clark and Morgan Tiibin.
Wellington Sevens costume
Mayans arrive, postponing the apocalypse till Sunday.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of Nadzeya Ostapchuks arrive.
Wellington Sevens costume
The 'Hottie Scotties' get a little cheeky.
Wellington Sevens costume
Brooke Johnson, Jaala Goodwin, Lara Bird, Katrina Carter, and Erin Murphy arrive on the concourse, Disney style.
Wellington Sevens costume
Levin Scrabble pieces arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Emma Hickey, Caitlin De Charmoy, Shannon Mayhew, Marion Kennedy and Victoria Wallace arrive as piñatas, we assume.
Wellington Sevens costume
Quick! Get Mark Shand and Katie Martin on TradeMe.
Wellington Sevens costume
A Sevens fan inside Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of Luigis are invaded by an Elmo.
Wellington Sevens costume
Traffic lights ask us to stop inside Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Clowning around inside Westpac Stadium.
Sevens Swat Team
SWAT team members from left, Glen Whitton, Rob McQuilkin and Anthobny Statham had to leave their imitation firearms at the gate.
Sevens Nerds
Revenge of the nerds.
Crowd at the Wellington Sevens
Crowd at the Wellington Sevens, Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Lizi Oldham and Kylie Crisp arrive at Westpac Stadium as 50 Shades of Grey.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Dominion Post General Manager Gerard Watt strutting his stuff.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Mark O'Connor and Kent Stead arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Terry and May Moore plug in to the Sevens.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Carl Johnson, Alex Macek, Rory Milne, and Joel Baker arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Rubix Cubes Jordan Gove and Ashley Clarke.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Maria Misehka and Manuel Porcel arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Kathy Tipler and Chris Parkin bring some elegant refinement into the Sevens.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Anna Riddler, Kelly Morrison, and Moana McRae arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Simon Wood and son Reuben arrive.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
¡Hola! A group of wrestlers arrive.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Kevin Stevens is more than just a man.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
The Sandwich Crew arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Priscilla Iain Hay and his sister Jennifer Hay arrive.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Steve Morgan arrives as Winston Peters.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
The Pavlova Girls, from left, Jess Hunt, Penny Gambitsis, and Natacha Sanguinett.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
The Little White Lies inside the stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Four rarities party inside the stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Sasha Wycherley gives Maggie MacLean a mean right hook, sparring ahead of the Sevens.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Speed cameras (we assume) party within Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
We feel you, sister, we feel you.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Edward Scissorhands wants YOU!
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
The Ooompa Loompas went a little crazy once they were freed.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
A fan attempts to match his seat colour at the Wellington Sevens.
Snow Globes
Gemma Easton(paris) leads the Snow Globes onto the turf after winning the Supreme Award of the DomPost Costume Competition.

Among the usual assortment of cowboys and comicbook characters at the Wellington Sevens were some costumes that spoke to the year that was - and even the weeks that have been.

Some leapt at the chance to show off their creativity, with mail-order brides wearing gowns made of envelopes and a larger-than-life human shuttlecock.

At least two groups came dressed as giant jars of Marmite, clearly experiencing withdrawal symptoms after production of the yeasty spread was stopped.

Other food products included bacon, pavlova, Fruit Bursts and, oddly, bottles of soy sauce.

Others figured if it wasn't broke it didn't need fixing, such as the returning big babies with "no womb left" that made a stir at last year's tournament.

With temperatures at 23 degrees Celsius, many suffered in the heat. Those sporting one-piece fleece snugglies and head-to-toe Matrix "pleather" were seen sweating or stripping down after a couple of hours in the sun.

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Disgraced sportspeople proved a recurring theme, with some revellers - all male - dressing as Belarussian shot-putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, whose gold medal was taken off her after she tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

But more striking were the throngs of Lance Armstrongs in skin-tight yellow jerseys.

The disgraced cyclist proved one of the most popular costume inspirations of the tournament, with some going the extra mile and embroidering "Cheatstrong" on their jerseys - a play on his brand, Livestrong.

As predicted, a couple of groups turned up as Korean pop star Psy of Gangnam Style-fame, but not nearly as many as the video's billion views might indicate, suggesting the invisible horse has finally bolted.

Others covered themselves with hashtags in a nod to the rise of Twitter, including the one in which the entire tournament was being recorded in "#sevens".

One man wore 50 Shades of Grey to the event: an oversized cardboard box painted to look like a copy of the erotic novel and, fittingly, little else.

Testament to the effectiveness of leaving the costume to the last minute were two men wearing home-made Gareth Morgan masks and Wellington Phoenix shirts, complete with stuffed toy cats - a nod to the businessman's recent war against the felines.

The Dominion Post