Glitter, ribbons, gold paint, glue, and a bit of originality is all it took for a group of Nelsonians to create masterpieces for this year's Masked Parade.
More than 20 people took part in a mask-making workshop at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology yesterday.
This year's parade is on Friday, October 19, with a Myths and Legends theme.
Workshop co-organiser Adi Tait said Nelson schools had been busy preparing their masks and floats ahead of the school holidays, and were mostly finished.
Yesterday's workshop was aimed at individuals and families, and there would be another one at the same place next Sunday.
Ms Tait said Community Art Works co-ordinator Faye Wulff gave a briefing on making a basic cardboard structure, before everyone got to it.
"We had all kinds of stuff - glitter, gold paint. Really talented people came along, and they had very original ideas,” she said.
"We had a big family group. They did amazing things, and we had one Japanese lady come along who had only been in Nelson for two days.”
Ms Tait said people at next week's workshop would make the same masks, and be invited to take part in the parade.
Christine Mackenzie, who went to the workshop with her 8-year-old granddaughter Rosa Cachemaille, said it was fantastic.
"People were just itching to get going, and they made all sorts of really good stuff. We had a really good time,” she said.
Next Sunday's workshop will be in the arts and media building at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Nile St, from noon.
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