Masked Parade brings book characters to life

The streets will come alive with heroes, villains, inspirational figures and childhood sidekicks through the Masked Parade's 2015 theme, 'The World of Books'.

Christ Church Cathedral administrator Debbie Williams' theme was chosen from the 83 submitted to Nelson City Council by a range of groups, schools and individuals.

Williams said she chose the theme because of its endless opportunities.

"There is children's fiction and literature such as Alice in Wonderland, fairy tales from the Grimm Brothers, Winnie the Pooh, Hairy Maclary or The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Then there is adult literature like the classics such as Jane Eyre or The Great Gatsby, or the works of the great poets and Shakespeare."

She said books covered all topics and corners of the globe and people were only limited by their imagination.

Festivals Team Leader Axel de Maupeou encouraged young and old to get creative with the theme and think about the "the characters and worlds" in their favourite books.

"We received a whole raft of ideas to choose from, but this one stood out as it can be interpreted in so many different ways and lends itself to colourful masks and costume."

The Parade and Carnivale is on October 16 and starts this year's Nelson Arts Festival.

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 - The Nelson Mail

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