Sun shines as crowds soak up two days of CubaDupa video

Food stalls proved popular on both days of the festival
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Food stalls proved popular on both days of the festival

The sun shone and forecast rain mostly stayed away as thousands of people flocked to the second day of Wellington's CubaDupa festival on Sunday.

Characters such as Prince, Captain Jack Sparrow and Princess Leia popped up among the wild and colourful Cuba St crowds, who were fuelled by plenty of food and entertained by a host of acts and activities.

Jayne Foster, from Brooklyn, said it was the first time she and husband Glynn had been to the festival with their two children – 7-year-old Isla and 4-year-old Emerson – and it did not disappoint. 

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Samba de Sol dancers from Nelson provide a splash of colour during the grand Carnival Bloco at CubaDupa on Sunday.

The White Face Crew Pop Riders, street clowns from Auckland.

Carnival Bloco brought the vibrant rhythms of 150 Samba drummers and dancers from around NZ and Australia to CubaDupa.

Dancers from Carnival Bloco.

Bubble's no trouble - Isla Foster, 7, having fun.

Upper Cuba St was full to the brim with festival-goers on Sunday.

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"There's such a great variety of food and really great things for the kids to do.

"It's a great family day."

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CubaDupa Wellington's two day festival hits the streets with dance, music, food and frivolity.

Blowing bubbles appeared a favourite for Isla, and she and Emerson also enjoyed the Wellington Chocolate Factory virtual reality experience, sampling a dumpling from Rams Restaurant, and getting new hairstyles. 

Hannah Fraser, who organises and plays with the children's Aro Jam Music Academy, said she enjoyed meeting many of the incredible artists at the event.

Her group tried to do "something different", and she particularly liked playing on the balcony above Hunters and Collectors.

Greigh McGrenera was hawking hamburgers at CubaDupa.
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Greigh McGrenera was hawking hamburgers at CubaDupa.

"I really like being up high. When people look up, they tend to get in this different zone."

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Bands were due to play at the festival's various stages until 5pm, with after-parties to continue late into the night.

On Saturday, a few spots of rain were not enough to stop thousands of people dancing, singing and mingling throughout the afternoon and evening, and then partying into the night.

Steampunk fans, from left, Kat Douglas, Ken Newman, Neave Willoughby and Kane Warrener-Simpson, 12.
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Steampunk fans, from left, Kat Douglas, Ken Newman, Neave Willoughby and Kane Warrener-Simpson, 12.

Some of the Saturday festival-goers were covered in colour, after coming directly from the Holi Wellington Colour Festival at Frank Kitts Park. 

 

 

Andrew Strugnell, covered in dye from the Holi Wellington Colour Festival, enjoys a band.
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Andrew Strugnell, covered in dye from the Holi Wellington Colour Festival, enjoys a band.

The audience watch a dance competition.
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The audience watch a dance competition.

A brass band.
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A brass band.

Skye Broberg with Taiga Broberg, 9 months, watching some dancing.
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Skye Broberg with Taiga Broberg, 9 months, watching some dancing.

Street performers entertain the crowd.
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Street performers entertain the crowd.

 - Stuff

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