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

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.

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